The interim newsletter writer's baby arrived a few weeks early, so you got me. But starting tomorrow, our new newsletter editor, Aubrey Nagle, is logging in. So you are in good hands for the foreseeable future. For today, no matter whose hands are on it, there's not great news to share. At least 26 people were slain in a Texas church shooting, and while the Eagles are on a roll, the weather is up and down. But don't worry: Aubrey will be here to walk you through the latest developments the rest of the way. Me? I'm going back to bed.
— Tommy Rowan
A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.
Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church, the place residents called the center of life in Sutherland Springs, there was likely "no way" for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded.
"He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out," said Tackitt, who said the gunman also carried a handgun but that he didn't know if it was fired. Tackitt described the scene as "terrible."
Will Bunch wrote this column last week. It's eerily and frustratingly prescient: Why a story of random terror barely resonates with Americans today.
It keeps getting better for the Eagles. Whenever it seems they've played their best game, they surpass it. Whenever there's an injury that could slow the Eagles, they overcome it. And whenever they're hailed as legitimate contenders, they validate it, writes Zach Berman.
They strutted to the locker room at Lincoln Financial Field after a 51-23 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday screaming "8-1," the record of the best team in the NFL. The Eagles remain on pace with the 2004 team that went to the Super Bowl. They already topped their seven-win finish from last season, and they enter the bye week on a seven-game winning streak after sweeping a three-game homestand. With the way they played Sunday, it's fair to wonder how the Eagles could possibly play better — and just how good they can become.
While 15 or so followers of Father Divine still live on his estate Woodmont in Gladwyne, his International Peace Mission movement is almost forgotten.
Now, they're reaching out to revive the legacy of Divine, a civil rights leader, religious icon and self-proclaimed god figure who once had millions of followers and a massive estate including properties all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
They allowed Lower Merion-based documentarian Lenny Feinberg (The Art of the Steal, Black and White and Dead All Over) to come and shoot footage on Woodmont, and they recently opened a new library and museum dedicated to Divine's archives.
We want to see what our community looks like through your eyes. Show us the park that your family walks through every weekend with the dog, the block party in your neighborhood or the historic stretch you see every morning on your commute to work.