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Mothers of children who died in the MOVE bombing find no comfort in the city’s discovery that human remains were not destroyed. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged late Friday night that remains of MOVE bombing victims the city had thought it had cremated and discarded without notifying relatives had been found.
The week ahead
Three women whose children were killed in the MOVE bombing 36 years ago said they find no solace in the city’s discovery of human remains that were declared destroyed earlier in the week.
Election day is Tuesday. Check this guide to everything on your ballot for the May 18 primary.
In Philly, the biggest primary race is on the Democratic side for district attorney between Larry Krasner and Carlos Vega. Krasner is hoping to be reelected. This is what he did during his first term as DA. Vega, whom Krasner fired as prosecutor three years ago, says his campaign started years ago in his mom’s bodega.
They’re back. Spotted lanternflies are hatching and here to stay in the Philly region.
Philly, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have all set dates for reopening. Here’s what it all means, and what rules remain in place until then.
Rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith performed “as advertised” in his first practice with the Eagles, Coach Nick Sirianni said.
Marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Some Americans are awakening to the ugly reality of anti-Asian hate during the pandemic. But violence against Asian Americans is not a sudden phenomenon. In Philly, it’s a cycle that goes back decades, leaving adults and children traumatized, hospitalized, and dead, reporter Jeff Gammage writes. This is often followed by a second cycle of forgetting in which many see each eruption of violence and harassment as shocking and new. “We have history of Asian American lives not being respected as fully human,” said university professor Scott Kurashige.
If you need help:
You can report a hate incident with Stop Asian Hate, and find resources for support and safety tips there, too.
If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, call 1-877-990-8585 for the Asian LifeNet Hotline, which provides support in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Fujianese.
Philly Fighting Asian Hate is hosting free self-defense classes for AAPI communities on May 22 and 23. Sign up here.
On names and culture: Cheltenham High School senior Zhao Gu Gammage, who is Jeff Gammage’s daughter, wrote about refusing to Americanize her Chinese name and how keeping it and its proper pronunciation connects her to her heritage.
Ways to celebrate:
Center City restaurant week begins Monday, and several restaurants like Dim Sum House Rittenhouse and Bleu Sushi are participating.
Join an online kids’ ink painting workshop on Tuesday. Enjoy a bilingual story told in Mandarin and English, followed by a live ink painting demonstration.
The SoPhiE Food Truck is hosting a local chef’s Korean cuisine on Thursday.
During May, we’re highlighting the lives and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Philadelphia region. Please reply to this email if you have an event or story you’d like to share here.
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Behind the story with Elena Gooray
Each week we go behind the scenes with one of our reporters or editors to discuss their work and the challenges they face along the way. This week we chat with opinion editor Elena Gooray about her work and what she looks for in op-ed
Can you describe your work and what you do on an average day?
On a typical day, I’m reviewing pitches for op-eds — opinion pieces written by contributors outside The Inquirer — and editing them, including workshopping ideas, fact-checking, and editing text. I’m also reaching out to writers for potential collaborations, talking to my team on the editorial board about editorials and projects, helping to edit our print pages including letters to the editor, and often working with newsroom colleagues on initiatives to make our coverage more representative of the communities we serve.
What are the main or biggest differences between an opinion editor and a news editor?
Rather than covering the news as it unfolds, typically my team is looking for perspectives to help readers think through the news and decide how they feel about it. We also look for strong points of view on changes that could improve our city.
What do you look for in new voices or writers?
We want deep investment in Philadelphia and the region, fresh perspectives on how to tackle issues new and old, plus lived experience and expertise around those issues.
What are some opinion pieces you’ve worked on recently that you’re proud of?
Recently I’ve been proud to tackle the environmental costs of fossil fuels via op-eds and my colleagues’ editorials, and to work with writers critically examining the legacy of the May 1985 MOVE bombing and the broken chain of custody around the remains of children who were killed that day.
Any advice for someone who wants to write an op-ed for The Inquirer?
What is something you’re looking forward to (work-related or not)?
I think I’m making it to Atlantic City for the first time, which is a life achievement for me.
Through Your Eyes | #OurPhilly
Those bay view windows definitely are goals. Thanks for sharing!
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What are the CDC mask rules? Check our flowchart.
Here’s a simple flowchart to help make sense of the latest advice from the CDC. The headlines: If you’re vaccinated, you only have to wear a mask in a few circumstances. If you’re not vaccinated, you should keep wearing a mask, except for a small number of situations.
Eating: Check out these new barbecue sauces with different takes on the staple — one from the son of a famous rib maker and another from a 10-year-old Philadelphian.
Drinking: You can get canned cocktails at restaurants and bars in Philly. Here’s where.
Watching: The new Amazon series Underground Railroad, directed by Barry Jenkins, depicts Cora, an enslaved woman who escapes a Georgia plantation, only to be pursued by an unrelenting bounty hunter.
Exploring: The best picnic spots in Philly, including where you can fire up a grill.
Question of the week
Where’s the best hoagie in the region? Philly loves cheesesteaks, but we love our hoagies, too, so we asked our Instagram followers to share their favorite shops. Here’s what a few of them said, and check our list of the best hoagies in Philly, too.
🍪 “Liberty Kitchen! Come for the hoagies, stay for the cookies.”
✨ “Primo’s. No doubt about it.”
❤️ “Little Nicks in South Philly or Chubby’s in Fox Chase.”
💫 “Still dreaming of Chickie’s at 10th and Federal. Haven’t found anything better.”
💎 “Kovac’s Market in Media... Hidden gem!”
🌟 “Lee’s Hoagies, Abington Willow Grove 🥰🤩🤤😋”
Remember to follow @PhillyInquirer on Instagram so you can see the next question.
Your Daily Dose of | Easttown and HBO
Who taught Kate Winslet about detective work for Mare of Easttown? This Chester County detective. Christine Bleiler is credited as one of the show’s police technical advisers, and Winslet describes her as her “go-to person” for questions. We spoke with Bleiler about her experience advising a Hollywood A-lister.