The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the city’s police department are partnering with a virtual reality company to work with people with autism. They are hoping that virtual reality will be an effective learning tool for teaching children with autism about how to interact with police officers. Also, homeowners throughout the Philly region have been paying too much in property taxes. This week is your last chance to try to change that.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research wants to see if virtual reality can be an effective tool to help people with autism interact with police officers in the real world.

It’s not very common for cops to receive training about autism. For example, a person with autism may not make eye contact. And to an officer, that may seem like evasiveness.

Researchers hope that people on the autism spectrum can use this new technology to learn how to handle difficult encounters.

Thousands of homeowners in the Philly region may be overpaying on their property taxes. For example, more than 40% of Delco homeowners might be paying too much this year, and will be next year, too.

But that should change in 2021, when new values take effect. Right now, though, an Inquirer analysis shows that just over a quarter of homeowners in the region will be paying taxes based on fair assessments, with other homeowners paying too much and too little in taxes.

If your house is overassessed, you can file an appeal by Aug. 1.

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“The people who say that gentrification can be helpful are the same people who go into communities and use words like ‘growth’ and ‘opportunity.’ The ‘growth’ and ‘opportunity’ that comes from newcomers into a neighborhood often fails to benefit the long-term residents.” - Angelita Ellison is a long-term resident of Philadelphia who lives in Northwest Philly with her son. She writes about how gentrification displaced her family from Point Breeze.

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