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At a Philly holiday party, grief is the tie that binds

The party was designed to help Philadelphia families who have lost loved ones to homicide get through a season that can feel alienating and lonely for people in grief. 

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

You can thank the Great Recession for 2019’s Christmas tree shortage

Because Christmas trees grow at an average rate of a foot per year, the public only started to harvest in 2017 trees planted during the recession.
By Ximena Conde/WHYY

Woman living in sanctuary at North Philly church fasting for Thanksgiving to protest ICE

Carmela Apolonio Hernandez has lived in churches since December 2017, after receiving a removal order, in an effort to avoid deportation. Immigration officials typically avoid making arrests in spaces considered sanctuaries, like churches and schools.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy calls for respectful dialogue among branches

Kennedy was in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center to receive the 31st annual Liberty Medal.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

Skin cancer prevention still a struggle among Latinx communities in the Philadelphia region

Though white people are more at risk to develop skin cancer, people of color are more likely to be diagnosed once the cancer is more advanced.
By Ximena Conde/WHYY


‘Finally at rest’: Unclaimed veterans buried with help from a former Pa. coroner’s office intern and reporters

Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County performs military burials for veterans whose remains were never claimed. This service for the “unattended” started almost a decade ago.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

Safe to join Boy Scouts? Some parents say policy upgrades help prevent abuse

Some parents have fashioned their own protocols to ensure their children’s safety. Others say Boy Scouts of America has learned from past mistakes and has itself instituted policies that will protect their children.

By Nicholas Pugliese/WHYY and Ximena Conde/WHYY

Philly police will sign a new city contract in 2020. These activists want a seat at the negotiating table.

More than 100 people gathered at the Mother Bethel AME Church vowing to fight for reform of a police force they say isn’t accountable to the city’s people.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

Hundreds of Pa., N.J. women tout Trump’s presidency, vow to support him in 2020

“We couldn’t ask for a better man and I pray to God every night to keep him safe.”
By Ximena Conde/WHYY
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