Is it cold enough for you? Well, this morning's top stories are more likely to send a chill through the air than warm you up. My colleagues David Gambacorta, Helen Ubiñas, and Dylan Purcell report that there's a fight over overtime in the Philadelphia police homicide unit as murders rise and fewer cases are solved. Plus, new U.S. Census Bureau figures out today describe a bleak Philadelphia, one where the city has not recovered from the recession and inequality has become the norm. There is some good news, depending on your point of view: street sweeping is coming back.
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Detectives in the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department typically work marathon shifts in hopes of identifying murder suspects and solving cases.
They also often earn more overtime than anyone else on the city's payroll. But in recent months, with the number of murders in the city rising to its highest point in six years, overtime spending has been cut.
The vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5. said crimes are not being solved because of it, while Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the cuts have not hurt investigations.
Could Filthadelphia soon be a thing of the past? City officials announced Wednesday that a pilot street sweeping program will begin this spring.
The head of the Zero Waste and Litter cabinet disclosed the pilot during a segment on WHYY's Radio Times.
Details on the program are still scarce — including what it will mean for parking.
A new five-year federal survey of poverty in Philadelphia, released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, paints a grim picture of the city.
Details of the survey covering 2013 through 2017 show Philly has not recovered from the Great Recession and inequality has become the norm.
Some of the more startling takeaways include Fairhill in North Philadelphia registering a 61 percent poverty rate; poverty in Eastwick in Southwest Philadelphia actually getting worse since the recession; and white poverty exploding throughout much of the city.
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