Special to the Capital-Star

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Are rents rising in your Philly neighborhood? Don’t blame the baristas.

By: - November 26, 2023

The appearance of specialty coffee shops and baristas signifies that a neighborhood is becoming trendy and more expensive. So what do baristas think?


Unthanksgiving Day: A celebration of Indigenous resistance to colonialism

By: - November 23, 2023

the Indigenous People’s Thanksgiving Sunrise Ceremony, an annual celebration that spotlights 500 years of Native resistance to colonialism in what was dubbed the “New World.” Held on the traditional lands of the Ohlone people, the gathering is a call for remembrance and for future action for Indigenous people and their allies.

Gov. Shapiro’s deal with fracking company splits environmentalists

By: - November 20, 2023

By Audrey Carleton for Capital & Main Environmentalists are split over a new deal struck by Pennsylvania’s governor with a natural gas producer: while some have applauded the effort to move forward amid a legislative deadlock on climate action, those on the front lines fear the agreement amounts to little more than PR, offering a model […]


Gettysburg tells the story of more than a battle

By: - November 18, 2023

By Katrina Stack and Rebecca Sheehan On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to dedicate a cemetery at the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Four months before, about 50,000 soldiers had been killed, wounded or captured at the Battle of Gettysburg, later seen as a turning point […]


Commentary: Gov. Shapiro has a unique opportunity to continue leading on public education

By: - November 16, 2023

Pennsylvania has an opportunity, as well as a court-ordered mandate, to fix our state’s unconstitutional public education funding system.

Jill Biden touts Bidenomics in Pittsburgh

By: - November 8, 2023

The discussion took place in Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green, a growing industrial park featuring robotics and biomedical engineering where the former Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. plant once hulked over the Monongahela River.


Commentary: RGGI is about climate change. It’s also about environmental justice

By: - October 27, 2023

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) offers a chance to add funding and emphasis to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s  stated focus on environmental justice, writes Joseph Otis Minott, president of the Clean Air Action Fund.

Greater Philadelphia got EDA Tech Hubs designation for precision medicine. Here’s what comes next

By: - October 23, 2023

The EDA Tech Hubs program is an effort from the federal government to support development, manufacturing and commercialization of technology across the United States.


Canceling school lunch debt would have meaningful impact for children’s health

By: - October 19, 2023

Making sure children have access to healthy school lunches is key in the fight against childhood obesity, writes Dr. Leila Hilal.


Five years after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the painful echoes of history: A perspective

By: - October 17, 2023

Andrew Goretsky, Philadelphia Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, says the painful anniversary is a time to reflect.

Close up of a doctor hand with blue glove giving support and love to a patient at hospital. Coronavirus pandemic concept.

Compassion and science must lead in safe injection debate | Commentary

By: - October 15, 2023

By Dwayne D. Royster Across Philadelphia, the overdose epidemic is ripping apart families and shattering lives. Marginalized communities suffer the most, perpetuating a cycle of suffering borne of generations of disinvestment and exacerbated by COVID-19. We must take a thoughtful and compassionate approach to addressing this crisis.  First, we must confront a sobering reality: the […]


Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Celebrating 1,000 cultures within the United States

By: - October 9, 2023

By Rebecca Tallent Monday, Oct. 9 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, replacing Columbus Day in many places. But what is it and why should anyone care? Indigenous Peoples’ Day began as a movement in 1992 to honor the more than 1,000 Indigenous cultures within the United States. It is estimated prior to 1491 the Indigenous population […]