What should the Parkway be - a concert venue, a thoroughfare or something else entirely? Those questions have been in play as the city - for the first time in a generation - has been working to map out a cohesive vision for the Parkway, until Mayor Kenney apparently blindsided Jay-Z over the cancellation of Made in America.
Thousands of parents are affected by a backlog in the court's Domestic Relations section that attorneys call "unconscionable," "tragic" and "unbearable," given that in some cases parents are being denied access to their children, or are losing jobs and homes while they wait for the court to weigh in.
Jerry Blavat at age 78 still spins highly danceable oldies every Friday and Saturday night into the early morning - a show that's best experienced in person at Memories in Margate but is also broadcast at the Shore on Kool 98.3 FM.
The Shift Fund, a Philly-based nonprofit whose seed funding was composed of wedding gifts, provides small - but hopefully life-changing - grants to people who are just a few hundred dollars away or less from getting their lives on track.
Of Pennsylvania's 521 juvenile lifers, more than half have been resentenced following a 2016 Supreme Court ruling. But the outcomes vary: "It's still very county dependent, fact dependent, and there are still a lot of politics involved."
A crowd of Jose Hernandez's family members - sisters, nieces, his newlywed wife - wept outside the courtroom Wednesday morning after the judge imposed one of the toughest sentences yet given to a juvenile lifer in Philadelphia.
Shannon Rowell's painstaking journey through the first-time homebuyer process had left her and her four kids temporarily homeless, virtually all their possessions lost in the move. So the seller's agent, whose nickname for Rowell was "Mz. Fierce", decided to go online and throw her a big, virtual housewarming party.
As incarceration declines in urban areas, it's increasing pretty much everywhere else. While Philly is sending fewer people to prison, there are more people being sentenced from the suburbs, small- and midsize metros, and rural areas.
Teens who spent time in institutional placements described physical and emotional abuse, illegal solitary confinement, schools without teachers or books and continuing trauma from the experience. Now, the city is looking to bring them back home.
On Saturday, Debbie Africa left the State Correctional Institution Cambridge Springs and, after 38 years, became the first of the MOVE Nine to be released on parole. She also said goodbye to two women she's been incarcerated with for four decades. Both were denied parole last week, for reasons Africa can't understand.
Milton Gibbs, a former Philadelphia correctional officer, was sentenced for his part in a June 2016 incident in which he dragged, punched and kicked an inmate, Brandon Kulb, knocking him unconscious twice and then falsifying his use-force report on the incident.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.