Happy Thursday, neighbors. This chilly morning let's dive into two critical topics for the city: a special new report on generational patterns of crime and reactions to plans for safe-injection sites opening here.

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Darryl Goodman with his father Bruce Goodman outside the JJSC, the city’s youth detention center, where they have both been volunteers.
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Darryl Goodman with his father Bruce Goodman outside the JJSC, the city’s youth detention center, where they have both been volunteers.

Though Pennsylvania doesn't keep statistics on incarcerated relatives, at State Correctional Institution-Graterford there are as many as 41 father-son pairs and seven sets of fathers, sons, and grandsons.

Philly has a bold plan to reduce its prison population, but a cycle of violence in which innocent children grow up to be criminals, often like their parents, continues.

In a new special report, reporter Samantha Melamed explores the epidemic of families in prison together and finds a striking pattern in violent crime.

Philadelphia officials took a bold step to address the opioid crisis Tuesday, encouraging the opening of safe injection sites where people can safely inject drugs under medical supervision.

While some readers supported the move, many of them were quite opposed to the idea. Some key members of City Council are opposed too, and suggest they have power to thwart the Kenney administration's plans.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell has thrown his support behind the plans, saying the struggle reminds him of legalizing an underground needle exchange as one of his first acts as mayor in 1992.

The Super Bowl rivalry is getting cheesy. A Boston bakery just banned Philadelphia cream cheese until the game, but Dottie's Donuts banned Boston cream donuts from its store first.

And it's not just sweets. Yards Brewery and Boston's Harpoon Brewery are, ahem, brewing up a wager that pits beer against beer. Restaurants around the region are getting football fever, serving up Eagles-themed menu items like green waffles and those "greased pole" doughnuts.

Foodies are just the latest fans to get Eagle-eyed. Longtime fan Bradley Cooper, Rocky Balboa himself, and even Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa are all rooting for the Birds.

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