The Philadelphia Police Department is expected this week to begin the process of firing cops for their racist or offensive social media activity, sources told The Inquirer. Last month, the department took 72 cops off the streets amid its investigation into the online behavior. In South Philly, a retail and food landmark for many Asian American communities is being threatened by gentrification, and it’s a symbol of a larger issue for the city.

The Philadelphia Police Department is expected to start the process of firing cops whose racist or offensive Facebook posts were documented in an online database, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation. The process, which will suspend officers with intent to dismiss, is expected to begin on Friday.

The sources said that as many as 13 officers are expected to be put through this protocol.

Last month, 72 officers had been taken off street duty pending the department’s investigation into the social media activity, according to Commissioner Richard Ross.

Hoa Binh Plaza has become another retail center “threatened by the unstoppable tidal force of Philadelphia’s housing boom,” Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes.

The plaza, which translates as Peace Plaza in Vietnamese, is said to be the first shopping area outside Chinatown to cater to Asian immigrants, and has become a landmark for South Philly’s Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Chinese communities.

Yes, Philadelphia needs to expand its housing options, she writes. However, it can’t be at the expense of the social networks, culture, and jobs present in the city’s heritage business centers.

Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Temple Health are coming together to negotiate a deal to buy St. Christopher’s. The children’s hospital is a sister institution of the soon-to-be-closed Hahnemann University Hospital.

Hospital finance experts differed on a possible price tag, though a purchase price for the hospital could be revealed as part of the court process for the bankruptcy filing by its current owner.

So far, it seems like leaders at St. Christopher’s are supporting the group’s efforts.

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