Press Release The city of Philadelphia announced today preliminary findings of the investigation into a devastating fire that claimed the lives of 12 people in the city’s Fairmount section on Jan. 5. An investigation by the Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office – with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Philadelphia [...]
By: Steve Volk and Julie Christie | Resolve Philly Photo Credit: Tyger Williams | Philadelphia Inquirer Vaughn Jackson wanted his new foster sons to feel welcome, so he marked their first weekend together by loading them into his car and driving them to a family party at his mother’s house. “I always enjoyed kids,” he [...]
WURD is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on solutions to poverty and the city’s push towards economic mobility. Follow us at @BrokeInPhilly.   By Zari Tarazona | Kensington Voice Photo Credit: Solmaira Valerio *Editor’s note: Jeremy’s last name was withheld for privacy reasons.  Since May, [...]
PRESS RELEASE The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) launched the Black Male Resource Finder, a virtual interactive tool that enables Philadelphia residents to access City and community resources more effectively through a digital platform. This new platform is OBME’s latest tool to bridge the opportunity divide for men and boys of color by [...]
By Phil DiAngelo | WSFS Bank Thousands of consumers fall victim to fraud daily. From phishing schemes to imposters pretending to be your bank, there are no shortage of scams, and you need to remain vigilant in order to protect yourself, your information and your bank accounts. Here are some tips and details on common [...]
Corporations vowed to diversify their boards (so much for the racial reckoning) By Madhusmita Bora Maria Frizelle Roberts is tired of waiting. An alum of the University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley and St. Joseph’s University, she has an impressive academic and corporate resume. As the CEO of MFR Consultants, Inc., a full-service [...]
Starting Jan. 3, 2022, any establishment in Philadelphia that sells food and/or drink for consumption on-site may admit only those patrons who have completed their vaccine series against COVID-19.  For the first two weeks of this mandate, Jan. 3-17, establishments may choose to accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entry [...]
The City of Philadelphia announced Wednesday the fourth and final round of the Anti-Violence Community Expansion Grant Program awardees. The final round of awardees includes 18 additional organizations that will collectively receive more than $7 million in funding, bringing the total amount distributed through this program to the total $13.5 million allocated for the Community [...]
This story is part of a series called The Future of Work, which explores what work will look like as we move beyond the pandemic. It’s produced with funding from the William Penn Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. WURD is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative [...]

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