North Broad Street could be in for a renaissance. A stretch has been chosen for a federal program that aims to encourage development in low-income areas. While it may sound great on the surface, some believe it could spell disaster for long-time residents. In Allentown, the famed Cadets drum corps leaned on their long-time director for guidance, before he was accused of sexual misconduct by several members of the organization. Now, a new Inquirer investigation has unearthed more issues within the drum corps community.
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The stretch of Broad Street from Susquehanna to Allegheny Avenue has been selected for the Trump Administration’s Opportunity Zones program. The initiative gives tax breaks to developers who choose to build in low-income areas.
North Broad — once known for its opulent mansions — is now home to some of the city's deepest poverty rates and most violent crime. Many hope this program will lead to the infusion of cash that the corridor needs.
But not everyone is convinced. While the program does aim to revitalize low-income areas, it doesn't specify what kind of development can take place in these neighborhoods. Some see that as a potentially bad sign for long-time residents.
In April, a scandal shook the drum corps community involving one of its most decorated leaders, George Hopkins. Twelve women told the Inquirer they were sexually harassed or abused by Hopkins and he was recently charged with sexually assaulting two of them.
A new investigation by the Inquirer found nearly a dozen cases over the last decade in which teachers who had been disciplined for misconduct with students went on to work in drum corps as instructors, administrators, or judges.
Others had records that include crimes of a sexual nature. The records paint a troubling pattern of hiring practices in an activity that draws thousands of young participants each year.
In 1990, people of color outnumbered white people in 10 boroughs, townships, and cities around Philadelphia. Now, 30 local municipalities are considered "majority-minority," reflecting a national trend, according to Census data.
In our region, that means local officials will increasingly face issues that arise among groups with varying cultural norms, as different communities have different needs.
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Activists at colleges across the country and in Philly are calling for a drastic step to change sexual culture on campus. They want universities to ban pornography. But experts are not in agreement about whether porn is at all related to sexual violence.
President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen is the first member of the president's inner circle to receive a significant prison sentence in connection with Robert Mueller's investigation. Cohen pleaded guilty to federal crimes including tax evasion and lying to Congress. The question everyone is now wondering: What does Cohen's sentence mean for Trump?
Earlier this year, the Inquirer reported on how Philly's wait time for a hearing on Social Security benefits was the longest in the nation. After the story ran, the city pressed federal officials to do something about it. According to the numbers, things are improving.
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The underdogs just keep getting bit by the injury bug. My colleague Jeff McLane reports that Carson Wentz has suffered a fractured vertebra and is seeking advice outside the Eagles medical staff. His status for the rest of the season remains unclear.
Sports betting has been cleared for action and Philly's SugarHouse Casino has become the first in the city to accept a wager.
Over 42 years, 6ABC's Vernon Odom reported on the MOVE bombing, the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and every presidential campaign since 1976. Today marks his final day on air and the end of an era for Philly television news.
Sesame Street will now feature a homeless character to "offer help and hope" to young children in America dealing with homelessness. The character's story is one that has become all too common in Philadelphia.
If you find yourself struggling to keep up with your workouts during the busy holiday season, you're not alone. But what if I told you there's a way to create your own home gym — for free?
How cute would it be to see your little one act in a Disney musical? Very, of course. The Walnut Street Theatre, through the Disney Musicals in Schools Program, will make that happen for five Philly elementary schools at no cost.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's radical overhaul of the office continues to disregard the suffering of victims in the city, writes former federal and state prosecutor George Parry.
Columnist Christine Flowers writes that Women's March organizers should learn a lesson from women she says never "whined, or wore pink hats" — saints.
What we’re reading
You know all about your favorite aspects of Wawa, but with the largest location opening today, why not here some real stories? In Philadelphia Magazine, an anonymous employee shared some good, bad, and bizarre tales of working at Philly's favorite convenience store.
Fine dining isn't always the best dining — especially when it comes to our wallets. GQ highlights two New York chefs who have mastered the secret to making the perfect neighborhood restaurant.
Speaking of dining out, Food & Wine has released its list of the 11 most anticipated restaurant openings of 2019. The Philly eatery on the list doesn't have a name yet. But that isn't stopping it from creating a lot of buzz.
We also pay quite a bit of attention to football in this state. Despite the fact that we've never had an Eagles-Steelers Super Bowl, they're always a hot-button issue. FiveThirtyEight breaks down why both teams are at the center of the football universe this weekend.
On Sunday — even if he doesn't play — Carson Wentz will once again cross paths with Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The top two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft are two of the league's best young players and ESPN examines how they'll forever be linked.
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Former reality star Bam Margera’s massive house party at his Chester County mansion Thursday was like a skater’s paradise … even if it didn’t deliver on every promise.