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July 12, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years of lobbying for more cabs that can handle wheelchairs, disabled people and their advocates Thursday got their wish: The Philadelphia Parking Authority will issue 45 taxi medallions for wheelchair-accessible vehicles by the end of the year. What's more, the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs - vans, actually - will increase by 15 every year until 150 such vehicles are rolling in the city. Currently, Philadelphia has only eight disabled-accessible cabs out of a total of 1,800 registered taxis.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
It wasn't long ago that Philadelphia's movers and shakers were lamenting that the city was being ignored by international retailers. Those chains finally discovered the city, and now they're colonizing the shopping districts around Rittenhouse Square and the West Philadelphia universities at a stunning pace. Sometimes, the only way to be sure you're not at the King of Prussia Mall is to look up at the sky. Having gotten what it wished for, the city is starting to feel the first side effects of what New York urbanist Kent Barwick, former head of the Municipal Arts Society, identified as "the over-successful city.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BRAZEN GUNMAN opened fire on a delivery driver early yesterday as the man dropped off medication at a North Philadelphia pharmacy, police said. Two nearby day-care centers briefly went into lockdown after the incident, which took place about 10:30 a.m. outside Wellness Pharmacy, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. The 41-year-old victim, whom police did not identify, was approached by the gunman, who picked a fight with him over the meds he was carrying and tried to steal them, O'Brien said.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Troy Graham, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Four days after a Southwest Philadelphia blaze killed four children, prompting angry questions about the adequacy of the Fire Department's response, a city safety official had a question for Patrick Sanyeah, father of two of the children who died. Where was he when the fire erupted at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, when only one adult was at home? Public Safety Director Michael Resnick posed that question to reporters covering a protest Sanyeah led Wednesday afternoon outside City Hall.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter's office said Tuesday that it had established six centers where residents will be able to get help applying for a host of government benefits, including food stamps, Medicare, and tax breaks. "Every year, eligible Philadelphia residents leave millions of dollars on the table by not enrolling in critical benefits programs," said Eva Gladstein, who heads the mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. In response, the city has established BenePhilly, a program that aims to place counselors trained in benefits at existing social-service agencies, including Project HOME and Catholic Social Services.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia Fire Department on Tuesday released transcripts of 911 calls made as a blaze consumed nine homes on a Southwest Philadelphia block, killing four children. In the first call, a man described a couch on fire on the porch of a house on the 6500 block of Gesner Street. In a call fielded two minutes later, another caller told a dispatcher that four houses are already on fire. The third recording released by the department was from a fire fighter at a station around the corner from the blaze – who had not yet been deployed to the fire - asking a dispatcher, in urgent tones, to upgrade the fire from a rubbish fire to a dwelling fire.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Alfred Lubrano, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The caller sounded hurried, but not panicked. "Somebody's couch on fire," the man told a 911 operator early Saturday in Southwest Philadelphia. "Out on the porch," he continued, "connected to a house, though. " Two minutes later, another call came about the growing fire at 6517 Gesner St., this voice frantic. "Four houses are on fire. . . . Please hurry," a woman screamed. The 911 recordings released by the Philadelphia Fire Department on Tuesday shed light on the chaotic moments when a small porch fire grew into a swift-moving blaze that consumed nine rowhouses and killed four children - and that sparked outrage among residents who questioned the department's response.
SPORTS
July 10, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hot basketball prospect Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll will begin a three-week tour Wednesday through the July recruiting period. The 6-foot-6 wing will be among 100 players at Philadelphia University for the four-day Reebok Breakout Challenge. Games begin Wednesday at 5 p.m., the start of the NCAA's live period that allows college coaches to evaluate recruits in person. Jones is an ESPN.com five-star recruit who will be a senior in the fall. He has received offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse, among others.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A COMBUSTIBLE mixture of anger and grief nearly boiled over on a Southwest Philadelphia street corner in the summer heat last night in a tense standoff between a long, blue line of cops and roughly 200 residents protesting what they claimed was a slow response to Saturday's fire that killed four children on Gesner Street. The confrontation - first outside a fire station on 65th Street near Woodland Avenue and later on the narrow rowhouse street where eight homes were destroyed, and where the acrid stench of smoke still hung heavy - led to at least two arrests, as witnesses said some protesters tossed water bottles while the crowd chanted, "We want answers!"
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia teacher LeShawna Coleman had some interesting lunch company Wednesday: President Obama. Coleman, a 13-year Philadelphia School District veteran, teacher coach, and English as a Second Language teacher, had expected to travel to Washington for a U.S. Department of Education event about teacher equity. (The Education Department introduced a program Monday to get more strong teachers in the nation's poorest schools.) But last week, she learned she was one of four teachers nationwide chosen to lunch with the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
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