Good morning, neighbors. No, you didn't imagine it: Philly and Atlantic City set cold weather records over the weekend. Temperatures should be looking up this week…but we could see some snow and ice this afternoon. And you might need extra cash if you're taking the Pennsylvania turnpike today: rates just went up. Don't kill the messenger, folks.
— Aubrey Nagle
In September, President Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows immigrants brought here illegally as children to live in the United States. But he delayed implementing his decision for six months, giving Congress until March 5 to craft a legislative solution.
Now DACA's fate is caught up in Congressional budget talks, and young immigrants — 22,024 from New Jersey and 5,889 from Pennsylvania — must wait, watch and worry. As one local DACA recipient puts it, "They're playing Russian roulette with our lives."
Trump has said he'd love to keep DACA — in exchange for his $18 billion border wall. Despite the back and forth between parties, both he and GOP senators seem hopeful they'll find a solution.
Well, Larry Krasner's first week as Philadelphia District Attorney sure was memorable. Just days after he was sworn in, Krasner dismissed 31 members of the office Friday.
Names were not released, but sources say the group included trial attorneys, some supervisor-level staff, and as many as a third of the office's homicide prosecutors. Though turnover like this is not unusual, some of those ousted Friday expressed surprise and even devastation at their dismissal.
It's playoff time, folks. The Atlanta Falcons' upset of the Los Angeles Rams Saturday means the Eagles will face the Falcons in the Divisional Round next Saturday at 4:35 p.m. at home. (Though they are the first No. 1 seed ever to be a betting line underdog.)
Reporter Les Bowen writes that the Atlanta matchup is far from hopeless, and Eagles' rookie placekicker Jake Elliot say he's prepared if it all comes down to him this weekend. Reporter Zach Berman takes a wistful look back at how the Eagles went from 7-9 to 13-3 (and then some) in one season.
Instead of wallowing in suspense all week, peer back into history at the last time the Eagles won an NFL championship: Dec. 26, 1960.
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