Aubrey Whelan, Philly Inquirer

Aubrey Whelan

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Aubrey:

As overdose rates rise in Philly’s Hispanic community, racial disparities in healthcare add to the burden

But even as overdose deaths slowly decrease among white Philadelphians, residents of color, and particularly Hispanic people, have been increasingly hard-hit by a rising death toll. → Read More

Pa. drop in COVID-19 cases wins federal praise, and New Jersey works to reopen colleges

The continued declines were announced as states and cities slowly reopened businesses, restaurants and other amenities. → Read More

Philly restaurants that disregard COVID-19 rules could jeopardize outdoor dining, officials warn

City officials will send sanitation inspectors to restaurants that are not following the guidelines laid out for outdoor dining in coming weeks. → Read More

Another accusation emerges against Philly Police inspector Joseph Bologna, a day after he is charged with assault

The account of Bologna twisting a handcuffed protester's fingers so hard she feared they would break is the third accusation of facing the embattled inspector. → Read More

In Philly’s Kensington, residents rally in the wake of events making hard times even tougher

Those who serve the most vulnerable in this fragile place are trying to figure out how to be there for their clients at the most uncertain of times. → Read More

Thousands marching for George Floyd in Philly: ‘If you’re silent right now, you’re part of the problem’

The events mark the eighth-straight day of protests in the Philadelphia area over the death of George Floyd, killed by a Minneapolis police officer. → Read More

Notorious Philly cop, charged with beating Temple student, has a checkered and charmed past

Despite a checkered past, Philadelphia Staff Iinspector Joseph Bologna Jr., ended up on the front lines of this week’s protests. His aggressive behavior, some captured on video, led the District Attorney to charge him with assault. → Read More

A New York businessman hired a plane to fly over Philadelphia exhorting peace yesterday

“He just wanted to do something, based on everything that’s going on in the world today,” said the man's assistant. → Read More

Unemployment, isolation and depression from COVID-19 may cause more ‘deaths of despair’

In a report released earlier this month by Well Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center researchers predicted that additional deaths of despair over the next decade could range from just under 28,000 to over 154,000, depending on the speed of economic recovery. → Read More

This West Philly neighborhood had been struggling to rebuild. Then the looting and violence arrived.

The outrage, violence looting and vandalism that shattered Center City on Saturday waited a day to spread to West Philly. This time, though, the damage came to a business corridor that serves a predominantly black neighborhood, one that had been in the midst of finding its footing. → Read More

Outside a Philly official’s home, protesters call for better housing options for the homeless and disabled

Protesters drove a hearse to the home of Liz Hersh and laid out three cardboard coffins on the sidewalk to symbolize the deaths of people in shelters and nursing homes. → Read More

As Philly protests descended into chaos, police restraint was no match for volatility

The Philadelphia Police Department in recent years has attracted national attention for exhibiting restraint during potentially volatile protests. The volatility was overpowering Saturday. → Read More

Smaller crowds and shuttered rides mark Memorial Day in Ocean City

Several beachgoers said they were taking more precautions than usual, adding masks and hand sanitizer to their beach bags. → Read More

N.J. woman sues Recovery Centers of America over her son’s fatal overdose at its Chester County rehab

The suit asks for compensatory and punitive damages for negligence and wrongful death. → Read More

Inside Philly’s coronavirus quarantine hotel for those with nowhere else to go

“It’s not being discussed as a healthcare facility, yet everyone has healthcare needs," a volunteer at the Holiday Inn quarantine site says. → Read More

In just under a month, coronavirus has upended the lives of Philadelphia’s homeless population

A month into the pandemic, advocates say not nearly enough is being done for people who don’t have a home to quarantine in. → Read More

Portugal decriminalized drug use and saw a massive drop in deaths. Could it work in Philly?

Philadelphia is looking for help with its ongoing opioid epidemic. Can lessons from Lisbon translate to the United States? → Read More

After he nearly died from the coronavirus, Tony Luke’s son wants to spread a message of hope

Michael Lucidonio's best shot at survival was a ventilator. Before he went under, he begged his pulmonologist: “Please don’t let me die." → Read More

The burden is uneven, but Philly hospitals are holding up under the strain of coronavirus, officials say

Temple University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center are among the area hospitals hit hardest by the caseload. → Read More

On the coronavirus front lines, Philly nurses also battle supply shortages and tension with employers

All front-line health-care workers know they’re at risk. Their concern: How much of that risk is avoidable? → Read More