The long weekend is unfortunately over. While it's time to get back into our normal routine, I want to take a moment to recap some of the spirit and energy the Made in America festival brought to Philly over Labor Day weekend. The festival itself felt like a big "welcome back" celebration for Philly rapper Meek Mill, who performed his first live performance since his release from prison. As a festival attendee, the turnout for his performance specifically was nothing short of an electrifying celebration of his perseverance, success and nonstop love to this city. Looking forward in the week, we finally know which quarterback will be leading the Eagles onto the field in a much-anticipated rematch against the Falcons this Thursday. Hopefully you have plans made for the big game as the defending champs get ready to make another Super Bowl run this season.
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Finns Point National Cemetery may not be on the list of top cemeteries to visit in the Philadelphia region, but it holds a fascinating piece of World War II history that’s long been forgotten, until our reporter Joseph Gambardello dug into its past.
The cemetery hosts the graves of 13 German prisoners of war who died while being held at Fort Dix. Three of the POWs, however, died all on the same day in 1945, when 154 inmates tried to stage a riot inside the fort weeks after the fighting in Europe has ended.
While riots can happen for a myriad of reasons, this unsuccessful attempt was fueled by the fact that they were all desperately trying to avoid one thing: going back to their native country, Russia.
It’s tough enough for parents to support a child who’s struggling with substance-use disorder. That hardship can be exacerbated if their child is a minor in a state where very few resources exist to provide parents with the help they need to help their child recover and thrive.
In fact, Pennsylvania only has eight treatment facilities that accept adolescents, my colleague Aubrey Whelan found out. Many parents have expressed their frustrations in navigating the treatment system because costs associated with drug treatment are prohibitively expense, especially when insurance coverage runs out and treatment stays are cut off.
As parents struggle to find money to pay these bills, large loads of paperwork, specialized training and high staff turnover mean very few treatment centers can thrive and accommodate parents' needs.
We now know that when the Eagles play the Falcons, Nick Foles will be leading the huddle.
In the meantime, the road to recovery for Carson Wentz following his ACL tear continues. My colleague Jeff McLane wrote a thorough timeline on Wentz's comeback, starting 267 days ago when the starter went down against the Rams.
Love the color scheme and cloud reflection off the FMC building, @pennwyst!
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Labor Day by Rick McKee