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Isaac Avilucea
11 hours ago - News

Philadelphia homicides are down as year-end nears

A note and flowers honoring victims of a mass shooting in South Philadelphia.

A note left after a June shooting on South Street that killed three. Photo: Kriston Jae Bethel/AFP via Getty Images

Despite a terrible summer and fall, it's looking like Philadelphia won't surpass 2021's homicide record.

Driving the news: Homicides in the city are down 7% so far in 2022 from the same time last year, police data shows.

Philadelphia tree lightings and other holiday fun this weekend

Philadelphia mascots Phang, Swoop, Gritty and Phanatic, alongside Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus stand on stage during the city's 2018 Holiday Tree Lighting.

Gritty and the gang at the holiday tree lighting back in 2018. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images

Philly will light up more trees than Snoop Dogg this weekend. Plus, plenty of other offerings, from arts to sports:

The Philadelphia Holiday Experience: Dazzling light shows, fireworks and Thursday's tree light ceremony on the north side of City Hall. It all kicks off at 7pm. Tune in to 6ABC if you can't go in person. Check here for road closures.

Philly's Spotify Wrapped: The artists and songs we loved in 2022

Drake raps into a mic in front of a blurred screen at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in 2016.

Everyone who doubted Drake is asking for forgiveness. Photo: Bill McCay/Getty Images

Someone tell Drake there's no fake love in Philly.

Driving the news: The Toronto-born rapper was Philadelphia's most listened to artist on Spotify in 2022, according to the streaming service's annual Wrapped list released yesterday.

Isaac Avilucea
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Philadelphia groups raise alarm on senior homelessness

Illustration of an elderly man in a wheelchair with a giant quarter for a wheel

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Philadelphia housing experts warn that a staggering number of seniors are finding themselves homeless later in life.

State of play: In fiscal year 2021, the city reported that more than 3,100 older adults spent time at Philadelphia shelters.

Isaac Avilucea
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Report reveals disparities in Philly's rejected mail-in ballots

Illustration of a hand casting a ballot into a calendar

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More than 2,600 Philadelphia mail-in ballots didn't count in this month's midterm election because they were undated or incorrectly dated.

  • The majority was cast by voters living in communities of color.
Isaac Avilucea
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Philadelphia Contemporary plans floating arts gallery

Rendering of a project to construct a floating art gallery along the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Rendering of a proposed gallery along the Delaware River. Image courtesy of AOS Architects

Philadelphia Contemporary is keeping artistic dreams afloat.

Driving the news: The arts organization is planning to build a two-story, 15,000-square-foot gallery that will float on the Delaware River, first reported by Rising Real Estate.

Isaac Avilucea
Nov 29, 2022 - News

Philadelphia has slim chances of a white Christmas

Commuters look to beat rush hour after several inches of snow fell on Philadelphia.

Will Philadelphia look like a winter wonderland this year? Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Keep dreaming.

State of play: Philadelphia hasn't seen snow on Christmas Day since 2009, according to Lauren Casey, a meteorologist at Climate Central, which tracks emerging weather patterns.

Isaac Avilucea
Nov 28, 2022 - Sports

How to fake it: Can the Temple Owls end their NCAA dry spell?

Temple's Khalif Battle walks downcourt at the Barclays Center.

Temple's Khalif Battle. Photo courtesy of Isaiah Vazquez/The Newhouse

The late great Temple head coach John Chaney once greeted an overzealous fan with a hilarious response when asked whether his team would make a run that season.

  • "No, man, we ain't gonna do nothing. They gonna fail me again," he said.