In other news, the Eagles fell to 3-3 after a lackluster performance in Minnesota. And, synagogues throughout the region have been contemplating security measures a year after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Since the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, congregations have thought long and hard about weighing their inherent openness with security measures. For some this High Holiday season, that has meant having photo IDs and bags checked, seeing bolted doors, and walking past armed guards.
“Is this who we want to be?” a rabbi in Chester Springs asks. He and others see synagogues’ openness as a fundamental tenet of the Jewish faith. But violence has tested that.
Some legalization efforts are stalled because police can’t tell whether someone is high. For alcohol, a breathalyzer test can determine whether someone is over the legal limit. But for marijuana, there wasn’t an equivalent tool.
A breathalyzer device has been developed in Northern California. It’s portable, can run tests for both alcohol and marijuana, and could change the minds of those opposed to legalizing marijuana. Plus, a Philadelphia growth equity fund is helping lead the financial backing.
Philadelphia police and civil rights lawyers have been monitoring pedestrian stops and frisks since 2011. But they haven’t studied vehicle stops as closely.
Now, police data show that cops have stopped a lot more vehicles from January through August this year than they did during the same period last year. And stops of black drivers have accounted for the bulk of that increase.
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The Rittenhouse Square stabbing trial will continue this week with a key question still unanswered: What provoked the fatal confrontation?
A glitchy payroll system overpaid thousands of city employees in Philadelphia. But what the city doesn’t know is how much it overpaid.
A local university warned students with unpaid bills that they would be kicked out if they didn’t pay up in six days. Then came the student backlash.
Aramark’s new CEO answered questions about turmoil at the company, what he might say to now-nervous high-level execs, and more.
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A Temple professor did a favor for the police a few years ago. He didn’t realize that his work ultimately helped bring about an arrest in a cold-case murder.
As Philly celebrated OutFest yesterday, some wonder who repainted the rainbow crosswalk.
Two Philadelphia-area universities have outlawed betting on the schools’ sports teams if you’re affiliated with the colleges.
You can get a newly listed Rittenhouse Square penthouse for a record $25 million. It’s an extreme example of a trend of new towers being built with high-end Philadelphians in mind, despite demand for affordably priced condos.
After the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018, a hospital joked about delivering “super babies” nine months later. Did Philly actually have a baby bump in November 2018? We have the numbers.
Meet a local lawyer who is fighting for immigrants with desperately ill children.
A middle school teacher from a Delaware County school has been suspended after she was recorded in a racist tirade against a parent, according to school officials.
“There may still be jurors who refuse to convict no matter how much evidence is presented. Especially if it’s a case involving a white cop and a black victim. That’s because we still have a lot of work to do in this country when it comes to race.” — columnist Jenice Armstrong writes about the mistrial in the ex-police chief’s hate-crime assault case.
What we’re reading
Is there a reason why mission-driven restaurants seem to fail in Philly? Philadelphia magazine looks into the closings of spots such as Rooster and EAT Café.
A man was tasked with finding who the ashes in an urn belonged to. The mystery took months to unravel. In that time, he befriended those ashes. The Tampa Bay Times tells the story of a Vietnam veteran, who is now buried with honors.
Feeling as if you’re not seeing your friends as often as you used to? The Atlantic says you’re not alone.
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A Grammy winner from South Jersey was adopted at birth. And now he’s writing the story of his emotional reunion with his biological mother and seven sisters.