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City Council OKs $100 million drug treatment center

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s first city budget since she took office in January is moving toward final approval, with few surprises — other than a new plan for a more than $100 million drug treatment center in Northeast Philadelphia.

The mayor said on Thursday that existing cottages on a city-owned property on State Road, next to Philadelphia’s jails, are already being rehabilitated and two new buildings will be constructed. The facility will reportedly have space to house and treat more than 600 people. Continue reading...

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker delivered her first budget address to council at City Hall on March 14, 2024. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

UArts students abroad watch as their school collapses

It was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime.

Instead, nine University of the Arts students traveling through Italy for a month-long study abroad program are watching their school collapse from 5,000 miles away. Continue reading...