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Bill Hite talks to 3rd grader Lucas at kick off event. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia Joins National Campaign Getting Kids To Read Before It’s Too Late

Philadelphia has joined a nationwide effort to get students reading on grade level by fourth grade.

08/17/2014

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Fringe Arts Exhibit Is Floating Homage To Sustainability

The floating artwork-cum-living-and-performance-space, with aqua garden, is called “Wetland.”

08/15/2014

Lydia Moore-Hill, Temple alumna, with $36,000 in loans. (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Senator Casey Pushes Legislation To Lower Student-Loan Interest Rates

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator Bob Casey supports the Student Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow students to do what homeowners and businesses are doing — lower the interest rate on their debt.

08/14/2014

(Photo by Ed Fischer)

New Owner For Philadelphia’s Weekly ‘City Paper’

Philadelphia’s weekly “City Paper” has been sold to the company that provides the free commuter daily, “Metro.”

08/13/2014

(Shaina Mitchell of Bebashi at the women's breast cancer awareness event.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia Group Holds Breast Cancer Screening Event

“This is Bebashi’s fifth annual Breast Fest,” said Shaina Mitchell, the Philadelphia-based black empowerment organization’s breast cancer prevention specialist.

08/13/2014

(Groundbreaking for the new Oakdale housing project, in Strawberry Mansion.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Apartments Coming To Strawberry Mansion, Kicking Off PHA Building Boom

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has broken ground for its first project in more than two years.

08/12/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Fate Of Philadelphia’s School Year Hangs In Balance

This is the do-or-die week for Philadelphia public schools. By Friday, the superintendent has to decide whether to lay-off hundreds of teachers, which could delay the start of the school year.

08/11/2014

(credit: CBS 3)

Environmentalists Fume After Christie Vetoes Waste Dumping Bill

The bill passed both houses of the state legislature with super-majorities, so Doug O’Malley of Environment New Jersey says clean water advocates are hopeful about an override.

08/10/2014

(Credit: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images, AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Willingboro Council Considers Rec Center Name Change

The Center opened as John F. Kennedy High School in 1966 but now is used mostly as a recreation center. Since it’s undergoing renovations, some council members thought it would be a good time to rename the building in honor of the current president.

08/10/2014

(The DACA web site of the US Department of Homeland Security.  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Many Grown Child Immigrants Still Not Taking Advantage of Revised US Policy

“It’s amazing how a plastic card can really change a lot,” says immigration rights worker Maria Sotomayor, recalling her own victory in obtaining a driver’s license.

08/07/2014

The Kennedy half dollar. (Credit: Community College of Philadelphia)

US Mint Issues Gold Edition Of Kennedy Half Dollar

For the 50th anniversary of the JFK half dollar, the U.S. Mint is selling a special Gold edition of the coin.

08/04/2014

(The Nikol H, at anchor in the Delaware River.  Photo by Steven M. Richman, used with permission)

Freighter Anchored in Delaware River Is Virtual Prison Ship For Crew of 20

The ship needs repairs in order to resume its voyage, and its owner is too broke to pay. The crew is confined to the ship, and there’s no sign that they’ll be able to leave anytime soon.

08/01/2014

(Brittney Chokpelle, formerly homeless, leads the ribbon-cutting for a new facility for homeless mothers.  Photo by Dustin Wingate)

New Help in Roxborough for Homeless Teenage Moms

The two-year, $5-million renovation doubles the agency’s capacity to house teenage mothers, while providing support services such as job training and parenting classes.

07/31/2014

(credit: Steve Patterson/CBS3)

Donations Will Pay For Funerals Of Children Who Died In SW Philadelphia Fire

Four children who died in a Southwest Philadelphia fire on July 5th will be buried next month in a Delaware County cemetery.

07/31/2014

(The main entrance to the Gallery, at Ninth and Market Streets.  File photo by KYW's Ian Bush)

Shopping Mall Developers Planning Major Redo For Philadelphia’s Gallery

The owners have attracted a partner to help renovate the aging downtown mall.

07/30/2014

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