Football is a dangerous sport. But it’s the dangers that await off the field that truly worry Frankford High School’s coach. Bill Sytsma has lost players to gun violence before, so he’s turning the locker room into a home to try to make sure he never loses another one. Philadelphians are concerned about the future of many of the city’s historic buildings. City officials have not yet put together the historical index they planned to, so our readers tossed in suggestions to help them get started. Yesterday, Philadelphia said goodbye to a media icon who changed television in Philly and across the country. We look back at the life and legacy of Lew Klein.

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Bill Sytsma, the head football coach at Frankford High School has lost players to gun violence before. That loss made it tough for him to look at the empty chairs at Frankford’s recent graduation. He hopes his new idea will help to keep those chairs filled for future generations.

“You feel the weight of this job when you realize what these kids are going into when they leave your presence,” he said.

By opening up the team’s locker room, he hopes to keep them with him a little longer.

The coach and his players got to work rehabbing the locker room to make it feel like a home — complete with a TV, couches, board games, video games, snacks, dancing, laughter, and safety. Sytsma says building great football players is only part of the job. He also wants to build great men.

Being America’s birthplace makes few places as historically significant as Philadelphia. So, how is it that only 2.2 percent of the city’s buildings are historically designated while places like Boston (7.2 percent) and Washington D.C. (19.4 percent) boast so many more?

Mayor Kenney promised to better protect the city’s buildings in 2017. Meanwhile, prominent sites continued to fall. The city planned to create an index of buildings to protect while their historical significance is reviewed. But, there’s no current timeframe for the list.

So, reporter Caitlin McCabe decided to turn to our readers to find out what buildings Philadelphians want to see saved. Mayor Kenney, here are some suggestions from Inquirer readers to get you started.

Television in Philadelphia and across the country would look very different if it were not for the influence of Lew Klein. He died on Wednesday at the age of 91.

Klein’s innovative approach to TV helped him to develop American Bandstand and Captain Noah. Philadelphians can also thank Klein for shaping the Action News format that has made 6ABC a powerhouse in local news.

Klein graduated from Cheltenham High School and went on to the University of Pennsylvania. He also shaped future media leaders by teaching broadcasting courses at Temple University for decades. Today, his name graces Temple’s communication school.

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  • The Golden State Warriors have been dethroned. The Toronto Raptors — a.k.a the team that beat the Sixers on a miracle shot — are now NBA champs, defeating the Warriors 114-110.
  • Phillies great Chase Utley kicked off his new TV career this week by discussing his hatred for one of the Phils’ biggest rivals. Philly’s obvious reaction to his comments: “Chase Utley, you are the man.”
  • Philadelphia’s dozens of community gardens have become places for residents to share knowledge while showing off their green thumbs. As Philadelphia’s Community Gardens Day approaches, my colleague Grace Dickinson has a guide to getting your own plot.
  • Also this weekend, Philadelphia’s Saturday Free School will launch its “Year of Gandhi” celebration in honor of the leader’s 150th birthday. The school will explore the relationship between the African American struggle for civil rights in the U.S. and the Indian struggle against colonial rule.
  • Concertgoers have oohed and aahed at the beauty of the Kimmel Center for years, but an aspect of Verizon Hall has irked visitors since day one. That flaw is about to be corrected thanks to one generous 90-year-old patron.


June 14, 2019
Signe Wilkinson
June 14, 2019

“When a woman takes her kid to daycare, she is shamed for not staying home with them. When a man takes his kid, he’s a saint for helping out — a super dad. Fathers, we do less, receive praise for the little we do, and even get a pay raise for it. Every day for us is Father’s Day.” — Opinion writer (and dad) Abraham Gutman on Father’s Day.

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Treat dad to a helicopter ride at FatherFest, held by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester.
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
Treat dad to a helicopter ride at FatherFest, held by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester.

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but even if you dragged your feet on getting a gift, you can still do something memorable. From helicopter rides to free beer, Philly has plenty of Father’s Day weekend events perfect for dad.