Hello, readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: Loud music and noise are bothering residents on both sides of the Delaware — but Philadelphians blame Camden, and Camdenites blame Philly.

Then: Genetic ALS, the disease that killed baseball great Lou Gehrig, affects thousands of people across the country every year. But new medical trials that Philly-area medical schools are participating in could make dealing with the disease easier.

And: A teen pilot had to make an emergency landing with his banner plane on the Ocean City bridge. And he couldn’t be more nonchalant about it.

— Lauren Aguirre (@laurencaguirre, morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

Loud music is keeping South Jersey’s and Philly’s riverfront neighborhoods up late. They blame each other.

Late last year, residents of Fishtown and Port Richmond began complaining about music flooding their homes at night. Some insist it’s coming from across the Delaware River in Camden. But in South Jersey, residents say they’ve been tortured by blaring music for years. And they blame Philadelphia.

“This has always been a blame game,” said Jeff Stefan, a Westville resident who has spent years fighting the noise. And, it turns out, water has a way of enhancing sound waves, so figuring out who is actually to blame isn’t easy.

Reporter Allison Steele explains the riverside dispute and the science behind sound over the Delaware.

Coming to terms with inherited ALS: With dreadful knowledge comes both fear and hope

For people with inherited forms of ALS, learning of their genetic predisposition can feel like a “death sentence.” But clinical trials are offering a level of hope not yet available to a majority of ALS patients.

Several Philly-area medical schools — including Jefferson, Penn, Temple, and Penn State — are participating in new research that could help people live with the debilitating disease.

Reporter Stacey Burling shows you how genetic ALS affected a Pennsylvania family — and what scientists are testing to combat the disease.

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Through your eyes | #OurPhilly

It’s been strange for the region over the last couple of days. Check out more photos of the haze over Philly.

Tag your Instagram posts with #OurPhilly, and we’ll pick our favorite each day to feature here and give you a shout-out.

That's interesting

😷 Will your COVID-19 mask protect your from the Western wildfire pollution that’s been drifting over Philly? It depends.

🚣‍♂️ The U.S. Olympic 8-man rowing team has four members from the Philly region.

🎭 Philly’s Fringe Festival will be back this fall and largely in person.

🍕 Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is planning to open another pizzeria in Center City after its popularity in Fishtown.


“I changed the way I drive not because I believed it was dangerous, but because my daughter was killed by a distracted driver. It shouldn’t have to take a tragedy for all of us to do the same,” writes Philadelphia attorney Joel Feldman on why distracted driving is dangerous.

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A new initiative at the Museum of the American Revolution, the African American Interpretive Program, is designed to elevate the stories of Black Americans who lived and fought during the Revolutionary War. Sometimes telling these stories provoke emotional conflict for the interpreters and pain for some Black people who see enslavement reenactments across the United States.