David Carter might be pretty unrecognizable at his day job as a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport. But when he returns home to play video games, his one million followers join. There’s no doubt about his ability to benefit from the rise of E-sports. Meanwhile, there is some uncertainty about the future of St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown. A developer was set to redevelop the shuttered building, but continued damage to the facade is drawing that plan into question.

Meet David Carter. The Drexel Hill husband and father tosses luggage at Philly’s airport by day. But it’s in his basement where his other life has really taken off.

To his nearly 1 million online followers, Carter is known as iPodKingCarter. Over the years, he’s become one of the most visible gaming figures around.

For all of you parents out there who tell your children that video games are a waste of time, you might want to see how much Carter makes off of them.

The latest stones to fall from St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown have drawn the future of the building into question. Developer Leo Voloshin now wonders if restoration is feasible after chunks of the facade tumbled from the historic building Monday.

For years, Voloshin has fought to redevelop the church into apartments — facing numerous delays and setbacks. Monday’s incident just adds one more complication.

After years of dealing with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, City Council, and concerned neighbors, Voloshin hopes to have a decision about St. Laurentius’ future by mid-June.

Hundreds of people have already been shot in Philly this year and many have survived thanks to the work of trauma surgeons. But cheating death is just the beginning of a difficult journey to find the resources needed to adapt to a new life.

The struggles faced by shooting victims are typically overlooked. But an Inquirer investigation caught the attention of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans. Now, the two are joining forces to address the issue on a national level and make it easier for victims to find the resources available to them.

About 1,400 people were shot last year in Philadelphia, where gun violence survivors face an average of $46,632 in medical costs, according to the Department of Public Health.

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  • Glenn Miller was notified that he saw 316 movies last year at Philly’s Regal UA Riverview Plaza. In fact, he saw more movies than any Regal Crown Club member in the country and he was rewarded for doing so.
  • Movie fans are also marking their calendars for Keystone Comic Con, coming back to Philly in August. The first major guest has been announced and his most famous character has become an iconic symbol of our city.
  • Pennsylvania’s kindest native son, “Mister” Fred Rogers, always loved the number 143 because there’s one letter in “I,” four in “love,” and three in “you." As an homage to Rogers, Gov. Tom Wolf will declare May 23, the 143rd day of the year, as a day for Pennsylvanians to do something kind for a neighbor.
  • If you happen to turn on KYW Newsradio on your commute in and around Philly today, you might notice something different. It sounds like it was time for a change for the station’s longtime jingle.


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Supper at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church on March 27, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Pa. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
Supper at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church on March 27, 2019 in Chestnut Hill, Pa. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

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Debra Roberts created Supper, a community engagement gathering at Philly churches, eight years ago to help food-insecure families. There’s no strings attached. Visitors just pick up a plate, walk through the buffet line, and eat.