This morning begins with some sad news. After a particularly violent weekend in Philadelphia, 26 people were shot and four were killed in at least 16 separate shootings across the city — including in Southwest Philly, where six people were hit with bullets during a graduation party. Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters the department is “ramping up patrols,” but needs the public’s help in solving and curbing city gun violence. And, on a much lighter note, the north end of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk is hoping its new name will signal a new era for the mile-long stretch, and casinos, businesses, and tourist stops are buying in.
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Some call it the Inlet, some call it Uptown. But local casinos, businesses, and tourist destinations alike are hoping everyone will soon know the one-mile stretch along Atlantic City’s Boardwalk as “North Beach.”
The new name is part of a push to draw visitors north on the Boardwalk, adding more events, free concerts, and a block party to kick off what the project’s partners hope marks a new era in America’s Playground.
The weekend’s gun violence brings the city’s total homicides for the year to 146, up 8 percent compared to the same period a year ago and one ahead of the comparable total in 2017. A recent study from Temple University found that by count of victims, Philadelphia has seen, on average, the equivalent of nearly two mass shootings every month for the last 11 years.
At the Einstein Medical Center, a traveling portrait exhibit memorializes the lives lived by young Philadelphians before they were fatally shot.
Slap on the sunscreen, Philly: Pool season has officially begun.
While this week’s thunderstorms may limit outdoor water fun to puddle hopscotch and avoiding a second, unexpected shower on your commute to work, this summer’s steamy forecast suggests the potential for many future days at the pool. And with 72 free indoor and outdoor city pools in commission, the options are plentiful.
As part of her pop-up newsroom, columnist Helen Ubiñas will also be hanging poolside all summer long to hear and share your stories, right from your neighborhood swimming hole.
Looking good, Girard Estate. 💯Thanks for the photo, @philly_jawnings.
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“When you’re incarcerated, [officers] can tear down anything you’re wearing to search for contraband items; they regulate your phone calls describing you as an ‘inmate’ calling from a ‘correctional institute’— you feel your humanity get stripped away every day that occurs. There comes a time when you don’t feel like you have it anymore. When I left prison, I felt like a Martian — like I really didn’t belong.” - Aspiring criminal justice mentor Raymond Jordan on returning to society after prison.