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Those convicted of second-degree murder receive life without parole in Pennsylvania. A lawsuit aims to give these inmates a chance at redemption

Death by Another Name By Constance Garcia-Barrio If she served as the lookout during a gas station holdup, Marie “Mechie” Scott, then 19, believed she would get cash to buy the heroin that helped her blunt deep pain. Raped first at age 5 and repeatedly into her teens, in addition to enduring poverty and homelessness,

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Block captains look out for their streets—and their neighbors

Philadelphia’s quiet heroes include block captains, volunteers who, under the sponsorship of the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC)—a division of the Streets Department—rally their neighbors to keep their blocks attractive. Now, in addition to beauty, some block captains help ensure food and a sense of security for their neighbors in the face of the COVID-19

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Volunteer Tree Tenders aim to improve the city by restoring its canopy

One could call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Tree Tenders quixotic in their drive to increase Philadelphia’s tree canopy, a goal whose attainment would mean a healthier city. “Our canopy, which currently sits at 20 percent, represents a 6 percent loss over the past 10 years,” says Tree Tender Marcus Ferreira, 47, of South Philadelphia,

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