Happy Friday, and Happy (almost) New Year. Whether you're ready to say "good riddance" or savoring the last holiday fun, there's plenty to do in the Philly area this weekend, including (hopefully) the annual Mummers Parade. Either way, I'll see you in 2018!
— Aubrey Nagle
Baby, it's cold outside. So cold, in fact, that Mummers officials and City Hall are discussing whether to postpone the iconic New Year's Day parade for the first time in 11 years.
It's been a record-breaking year for overdoses in Philadelphia, 85 percent of them from opioids. Reports suggest the total will surpass 1,200 by year's end — quadruple the murder rate.
But it isn't enough, yet. Reporters Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan explore how the opioid epidemic is changing Philadelphia in a new, harrowing report from the front lines.
In recent days, taxpayers have rushed to take advantage of property tax deductions that will be scaled back under the federal tax overhaul. Now the IRS is saying it may be for naught.
The agency announced Wednesday that deductions for prepayments can only be claimed on taxes that have already been assessed. Municipalities are still trying to figure out whether pre-payers will be able to deduct what they've paid. In Philly, at least, prepayment meets the IRS guidelines.
Those displeased with this latest hiccup can thank Pennsylvania's own Sen.Pat Toomey. He was instrumental in crafting the tax legislation.
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.