Top 8 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. 17 political types from Northwest Philly (and beyond) react to voter ID ruling

A Pennsylvania judge ruled this week to keep the state’s voter identification law on the books for the Presidential election. Opponents of the decision, who argue the measure will disenfranchise voters, weren’t too pleased. Check out our story to learn how some Northwest Philly lawmakers, activists and others responded to the Wednesday decision.

2. Jim Foster’s longshot campaign against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah survives tumultuous start

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The newspaper publisher’s congressional bid nearly came to a screeching halt when another independent candidate got onto the ballot just before him. Foster, a longtime Northwest Philly resident, fought for the right to compete in the race. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

3. 10 questions for Roxborough Hospital’s CEO Peter Adamo on the Affordable Care Act and its implications in Roxborough

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the legislation was constitutional. That means Adamo and other hospital CEO’s will continue preparing for the measure’s upcoming implementation. Adamo sat down with NewsWorks freelancer Eric Cusack to discuss those efforts and more.

4. PECO halts ‘smart meter’ installations amid fire concerns

More than a dozen fires in Bucks County have been linked to meters the utility recently installed. Though PECO is still investigating, it has decided to stop installing the meters for now, including in parts of Northwest Philly. Check out Matthew Grady’s story for more details.

5. New curator wants to ‘build a meaningful center of historical focus for Germantown’

Laura Keim wants residents to feel more connected to the historical treasures of the neighborhood. As Historic Germantown’s new part-time curator, she’ll have a good opportunity to achieve that goal. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn more about Keim’s own history in the neighborhood and what challenges she thinks lie ahead.

6. East Germantown teen held for trial in Welcome America shooting case

Nafis Scott allegedly shot a teen and pointed a weapon at police officers near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4. The 16-year-old appeared in court this week for the next step of his case. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more about the proceedings and the bail amount set for the youth.

7. Philadelphia teens “gain wisdom” from interning at suburban nursing home

A group of high school students recently wrapped up their time at a Montgomery County nursing home. Through Manayunk’s North Light Community Center, the teens got a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional. Check out Brittany Thomas’ story to learn more about the program.

8. Woman accused of attacking man on bus to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Cassie Darby was arrested in June after allegedly assaulting NewsWorks freelance photographer Bas Slabbers on a SEPTA Route 23 bus. This week, a Philadelphia judge ordered that the 49-year-old be evaluated to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.


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