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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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 Steve Volk | Billy Penn Thousands of young people in Philly who spent time in foster care have not yet received their share of federal [...]
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. Story by Steve Volk | Next City Illustrations by Dylan B. Caleho | Next City Last winter, when the temperatures dipped below freezing, Miracle [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
By Ngakiya Camara | WURD Radio Dr. Ashish Jha, medical physician and Dean of Brown University, joined Nick Taliaferro on Evening WURDs to discuss the future of this pandemic as well as vaccine rollout initiatives.  Analyzing the potential of yet another rise in cases, Dr. Jha stresses that although there will be an increase in [...]

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