Top 7 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Principal Anthony Majewski works to prepare the new Hill-Freedman World Academy high school building before classes begin in West Oak Lane. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Principal Anthony Majewski works to prepare the new Hill-Freedman World Academy high school building before classes begin in West Oak Lane. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Here are several stories that you may have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia:

1. Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA’s ongoing citywide initiative

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design. The PHA has imploded 22 buildings at seven sites over the years. The 16-story high-rise built in the 1950s on West Queen Lane will be the eighth site. Also, check out “17 must-read stories about the Queen Lane Apartments saga.”

2. One of the best schools in Philly to parents: ‘we need more students’

Hill-Freedman World Academy in West Oak Lane is known to a few parents as one of the Philadelphia School District’s best-kept secrets. So, why is Principal Anthony Majewski still begging students to enroll?

3. Could Fattah scandal send Michael Nutter to Congress?

Saying out loud what a lot of Philadelphia Democrats are talking about after last week’s stunning court filing by federal prosecutors: Can U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah hold onto his congressional seat, and if he can’t, who gets it?

4. Church buildings in Pa. find new lives

A handful of developers are repurposing churches to serve changing communities like Germantown. Ken Weinstein is one of them.

5. Pig masks, juggling and more: Your guide to Fringe in Northwest Philly [Part 1 of 2]

There are several options for Fringe Festival goers in Northwest Philadelphia. Here, we look at some of them in the first part of a two-installment series.

6. MLK Cougars look ahead after tough season-opener loss

The Martin Luther King High School Cougars began their first season in AAAA division on Aug. 29 with a 45-19 loss to the Coatesville Red Raiders. (They faced Archbishop Wood, which defeated them in last season’s city championship game, on Friday night. Check Twitter for an update.)

7. Cook-Wissahickon students rally for funding with community, DeLissio

The very youngsters who rely on the city’s school district for an education are worried about the state of the system as well. State Rep. Pam DeLissio recently invited some of those concerned students to speak alongside her during a sidewalk address outside of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School in Roxborough.

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