Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Northwest Philly reacts to Philadelphia school closings proposal

After weeks of speculation, the School District of Philadelphia finally unveiled its list of recommended school closures. Of the 37 schools identified Thursday, six are in Northwest Philadelphia, including Germantown High School. NewsWorks caught up with parents, students and alumni from those schools to get their thoughts on the grim news. Check out our story to learn more.

2. Dropping of Mt. Airy meth case may link to narc squad problems

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In early December, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office dropped charges against three individuals accused of participating in a crystal methamphetamine operation. The same day, District Attorney Seth Williams announced that testimony and charges from five narcotics officers would no longer be accepted. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about how the news may have played a part in the case’s fate.

3. Shawmont basketball league kicks off 35th year on the court

Last October, there were some serious concerns about the future of the Shawmont Orioles youth basketball league in Roxborough. School district budget woes threatened to keep the public school gym open after school hours. This week, though, sneaker squeaks and swooshing nets returned to the gym for a brand new season. Check out Janis Chakars’ story for more details.

4. New 14th District police captain is ‘thrilled’ to assume challenging role

After three years serving as Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s administrative lieutenant, Capt. John Fleming has returned to Northwest Philadelphia to lead the 14th District. NewsWorks recently sat down with Fleming to discuss his promotion, his vision for the 14th and his predecesor, Joel Dales. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

5. What Happened Next: Development

As 2012 winds down, we thought we’d update you on some of the biggest stories of the year by way of a brand new series. Check out this installment to learn more about the Potter’s Field in Germantown and Venice Island Playground in Manayunk, among others. Also be sure to check out our other themed installments – pets, transportation, crime and people

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