It looks like it's going to be a beautiful if chilly day in our region. Take advantage of the sun now — the forecast says Turkey Day is going to be cold. But it's not quite holiday time yet and there's still plenty to chat about this morning. Take, for instance, the latest from my colleagues Mark Fazlollah and William Bender: They dug into how a developer made a killing flipping Point Breeze properties he bought from the city, making money that should have gone to taxpayers. Or a new report from Juliana Feliciano Reyes and Jesenia De Moya Correa on the city's anti-deportation training for Latino workers.
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The city's land disposition policies are always evolving, but there multiple rules in place to assure that city land is sold at fair market value, thus protecting taxpayers' interests.
But those safeguards proved useless when developer Felton Hayman wanted to purchase city properties at a fraction of their market value.
With the help of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, a childhood friend, he pocketed $165,000 — two and a half times what he paid — by reselling properties in Point Breeze.
Immigrant workers, especially those who are undocumented, are among the most vulnerable in Philadelphia. They're often subject to wage theft, informal work arrangements, and unsafe conditions and their work is largely invisible.
That's why, back in May, the City of Philadelphia launched the Immigrant Workers Academy to empower and educate immigrants about their rights on the job.
In a city with the nation's most aggressive ICE office, that includes anti-deportation training.
Battling back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit, the Sixers prevailed against the Phoenix Suns to win 119-114 at home Monday night. It was the team's third straight win and their 19th straight home win.
Early on, it was all Phoenix. Devin Booker led all scorers with 37 points and the Suns had six double-digit scorers. But, after a slow start, Joel Embiid gave the Sixers their first lead in the third quarter and finished with 33 points.
The game was also a homecoming for Mikal Bridges, the Villanova and Great Valley High School star drafted by the Sixers in June before being traded to the Suns less than an hour later.
Whoa. This looks like a movie still, @9thday_ofmarch.
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