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Philly roundup: Community unites to say enough shootings near schools, Dougherty trial reveals ‘harsh words’ & more

Nick Fiorellini

There’s a lot going on in the world. Here are 5 of today’s biggest stories about the Philadelphia area.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Hello, Philadelphia!

Today is Thursday, October 21. Let’s check out Philadelphia’s biggest stories of the day.

‘Why do we just live to die?’: Community comes together to say enough to shootings near Philly schools

Gun violence near Philadelphia schools is increasing when students are entering and leaving the classroom. Community members and local faith leaders came together Wednesday to rally for change; yesterday, a virtual news conference sperate from the rally, Philadelphia police announced a plan to increase their presence in the mornings and afternoons, to prevent more shootings.

John Dougherty was ‘cordial,’ an ex-Comcast VP testified. But wiretaps reveal his harsh words for the ‘greedy’ cable giant.

A former VP for Comcast provided a different account of a ‘cordial’ closed-door meeting with Dougherty than what was offered by one of Henon’s former aides via wiretap.

From naked Greek athletes to Marian Anderson’s elegant velvet concert gown, new show at Penn Museum is dressed for all occasions

The Penn Museum is having its first major exhibition since the world shutdown from coronavirus. In this exhibit, you can see 2,500 years of clothing and how its shaped and concealed identity throughout the world.

How co-writing a book about an interracial friendship helped strengthen our own

Jo Piazza writes about what it was like to write We Are Not Like Them, a novel about two lifelong friends – one white and one black – who see their relationship upended after a Philadelphia police officer shoots an unarmed Black teenager, with Christine Pride.

Eighty-one percent of Philadelphia School District employees are fully vaccinated

After a COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect for district employees earlier this month, eighty-one percent of School District of Philadelphia staff has been fully vaccinated. Employees who are not vaccinated will be required to be tested twice a week while vaccinated employees will continue to be tested once a week.

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