Pressure mounts for judge who jailed Meek Mill to resign

A week after Meek Mill got a pardon for the old charge that famously landed him in jail, pressure is mounting for the judge who put him there to resign.

  • Judge Genece Brinkley was recently stripped of criminal cases and reassigned to civil court after judicial leadership found “startling non-compliance” in her rulings and actions.

As Brinkley petitions the Pa. Supreme Court for reinstatement, activists are staging weekly protests calling for her resignation, Ben Seal reports.

Meek Mill reaches out to supporters outside the Criminal Justice Center in 2018, before a hearing to ask for a new trial on then-10-year-old gun and drug charges (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Temple Hospital first in Philly to pilot ‘Yelp for OB-GYNs’

Temple University Hospital patients can now give immediate feedback on prenatal and postpartum care, thanks to a new app.

  • Aimed at improving care for families of color, the app is called Irth — as in “birth without the B” for bias. Black women have an unusually high maternal mortality rate, in Philly and elsewhere.

“It’s not just a Yelp review,” a Temple medical director told Courtenay Harris Bond. “We can look at the data ourselves and can make changes.”

‘Irth' is a new app that lets people give real-time feedback on OB-GYN care. Temple University Hospital is the first in Philly to implement it.

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 29: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 36 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 63: Shooting victims this year so far, vs. 128 at this time last year. [PCGVR]
  • 17: Year-to-date homicides, vs. 30 at this time last year and 7 five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney is still in DC for the United States Conference of Mayors.


🍝 Center City Restaurant Week is underway, with 90 venues offering $40 multicourse dinners and $25 lunches. Reservations recommended, and don’t forget to tip. (Daily through Saturday, Jan. 28)

🌇 Wharton hosts its annual Future of Cities Conference, this year focused on “transformations through equity, technology, and infrastructure.” Tickets start at $35 for virtual attendance. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20)

❄️ If you know a princess-obsessed young one, this is the weekend to hit up Franklin Square, which hosts Disney favorites waltzing through special ice sculptures at a free exhibition. (5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21)