July 30: Whitman rowhouse explosion | house flipping returns | Peace Week | Girard College’s plea | remembering William Scranton

It’s a beautiful morning, Streeters. We hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the day. 

Yesterday’s building explosion on the 400 block of Daly Street in Whitman injured eight people, blew apart three homes, and left residents uneasy. The Daily News spoke with near neighbors who gathered at either end of the block in the explosion’s aftermath. Star Brown, who lives a few houses down from the destroyed properties, said she would move. “Those houses are not young. I don’t feel good about it.” The rowhome at 428 Daly Street had been recently purchased by SCK Investments and was undergoing a gut rehab, philly.com explains.

In neighborhoods like Passyunk Square, Fishtown, and Mayfair rapid house flipping is taking off again, the Inquirer reports. Real estate agents are noting the rise of “cash, no contingency” buyers looking to make a speedy profit by immediately reselling the property and thereby inflating the market.

As part of this year’s Peace Week in South Philly, residents gathered Monday evening for a rally calling for an end to gun violence at Wharton Square and marched to Stinger Square. The Daily News caught up with Anton Moore, the organizer and founder of Unity in the Community.

On Monday Girard College’s board asked Orphan’s Court for permission to “temporarily suspend” its high school and boarding school programs next fall to help improve the school’s financial situation, the Inquirer reports. “Although the board is drafting financial benchmarks for restoring both the residential and high school programs, the petition does not set a specific end date…Because Girard is a public charity, the state attorney general’s office was sent a copy of the Orphans Court petition.”

Daily News columnist John Baer offers remembrances for William Scranton, a Kennedy-republican who served as Pennsylvania governor, UN ambassador, and congressman. Scranton passed on Sunday.

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