Smokey Joe’s, which normally welcomes throngs of Penn students in a night, has reopened with tighter restrictions in place after enduring nearly a week of temporary forced closure.
Students and professors expressed a sense of optimism towards the Biden-Harris administration as they look forward to the reversal of several Trump-era policies.
West Philadelphia residents felt blindsided by Penn's decision to reopen campus for the spring, adding that people who are already disproportionately affected by the virus will be the most affected.
After an outbreak inside city jails caused at least 150 infections, Philadelphia's Department of Prisons adopted shelter-in-place measures and indefinitely canceled prisoner transports to court dates, again prompting concern from prisoners-rights advocates.
In this week's crime log, four thefts from Acme, a bike theft, and a confidential case of sexual offense were reported.
The study relied on a satisfaction survey of renters which included questions about dating and outdoor recreation, and the number of single people in the area.
The complaint alleges that the City of Philadelphia violated the Fifth Amendment by taking private property without compensation. The plaintiffs also allege that the city violated the Fourteenth Amendment by depriving restaurant owners of property without due process.
Students and professors are backing Penn for PILOTs' demands that the University pay 40% of what it would owe in property taxes, which is almost four times the amount Penn has pledged to give annually, and continue contributing to the city well beyond the 10-year period.
Penn will contribute $10 million annually over the next decade. The announcement comes as the University faces widespread criticism from both students and faculty for its refusal to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes, known as PILOTs, to the city of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia's new coronavirus restrictions include limits on outdoor gatherings and a complete ban on indoor group gatherings of any size, with city officials encouraging residents to not celebrate Thanksgiving with anyone outside their own household.
The district's plan for hybrid learning will allow students to return to school for two days each week, and will require all adults to complete and pass screening before entering schools and mandate the wearing of masks among students and staff.
Philadelphia Magazine's recent ranking of the most important people in Philadelphia featured Penn President Amy Gutmann, Pennsylvania Health System CEO Kevin Mahoney, along with renowned Penn professors Ezekiel Emanuel and Angela Duckworth and others.
At 10:20 p.m., the police spotted the two armed men without Pennsylvania arms permits. They were detained and later arrested for firearms charges.
The pilot program, called Serving a Vulnerable Entity, will partner social service professionals with SEPTA transit police officers to treat individuals who are struggling with poverty, addiction and mental health crises.
Biden's win in Pennsylvania pushed him across the 270-vote threshold to become president-elect Saturday morning. Penn students and thousands of local residents filled the streets to rejoice the long-awaited victory.
During the Walter Wallace Jr. protests earlier this week, Philadelphia police officers bashed in the windows of an SUV and beat the female driver and another passenger, and shortly appeared to remove a toddler from the car. An investigation has since been opened into the incident, and reasons for the violence remain unclear.
They span across six states and the majority are running for seats in the United States House of Representatives. Nine are incumbents, while seven are running for the first time.
Students participating in the strike cited the cancellation of fall break, Penn’s failure to cancel classes on Election Day, and the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. as causes of students' mental health struggles this semester.
At least 500 protesters, including Penn students, gathered at the corner of Locust and 61st streets on Saturday evening to protest the Philadelphia police killing of Walter Wallace Jr.
Two Philadelphia police officers shot and killed Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, at 61st and Locust Streets on Monday, prompting protests near Penn’s campus on Monday night and throughout Tuesday.