Tommy Rowan writes short narratives and human interest stories for The UpSide section.

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Philadelphia hosts event series to ensure this Medal of Honor winner is never forgotten

Sgt. John J. McVeigh, a Kensington native, is believed to be the only Philadelphian to be awarded the military’s highest honor during World War II.

When Kobe was 14, The Philadelphia Inquirer predicted: ‘Remember this name’

Kobe Bryant's first mention in The Inquirer came at age 14, and it came with a prescient declaration: "Remember this name: Kobe Bryant."

Meet the Philly area’s first babies born in 2020

Dozens of babies were born in Philly-area hospitals between midnight and 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day. But one baby beat them all.

Philly logs first homicide of 2020

The deadly violence that Philadelphia saw in 2019 spilled over into 2020 Wednesday after three men were shot and killed.

Six men arrested in connection with shooting at high school football playoff game, one of them also a victim

"The vicarious trauma that will be placed upon the students that were at that game will be untold. That should be criminal enough," said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Gory, classy, and confusing: A tour of Philly’s Halloween bars

Clown masks, slime-green cocktails, and scary movies await.