Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week:

1. At Germantown and King, warnings that school closings plan could spark violence

In mid-December, the Philadelphia School District announced that it wanted to close 37 schools by the end of this academic year, including Germantown High. If approved by the city’s School Reform Commission, many GHS students would transfer to nearby Martin Luther King High, a longtime rival. For some, that prospect is troubling. Check out Benjamin Herold’s story to learn more. Also be sure to check out part two of Thursday’s series, in which Herold and Kimberly Paynter explore GHS’ class of 1975, who split their time between King and Germantown.

2. Rep. Brady announces plan to save 2013 bike race

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More than a few Philadelphians were upset when they learned that there wouldn’t be a race this year. On Thursday, however, the mourning period ended when a plan surfaced to save the race. Many details about the brand new event have yet to be released. Check out Megan Pinto’s story to learn what we know so far.

3. Germantown film screening honors woman ‘who should be an inspiration’

Ida B. Wells was no coward. The journalist, educator and activist fought hard for social justice for African Americans and publicly condemned the lynching of black people. To celebrate the 150th birthday of Wells, Moonstone Arts Center hosted a film screening of “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice.” Check out Trenae McDuffie’s story to learn more about Wells and the event.

4. Manayunk filmmaker prepares for ‘Detonator’ movie premiere

Philadelphia filmmaker Keir Politz didn’t shy away from using his hometown as an inspiration for his latest movie, which explores the difficulty to maintaining relationships from our youth as we grow older. Politz shot scenes all over Philly, including Roxborough and Manayunk. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story for more details.

5. Pastor at Mt. Airy Presbyterian steps down

It wasn’t an easy decision, but one Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle felt she had to make. Though her love for the church and Mt. Airy will continue, the West Oak Lane resident is moving on to a new church. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about the beloved pastor’s decision and what it means for the church going forward.


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