Laura McCrystal, Philly Inquirer

Laura McCrystal

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Laura:

Philly halts reopening of indoor dining and gyms as concern over virus’ spread in other states grows

“We want to get our economy going as much as we can, but we don’t want the virus to resurge,” said City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. → Read More

Philadelphia green phase on pause: No gyms, indoor dining for now

Philadelphia is pausing some of its reopening plans and move into the “green” phase, and will not allow indoor dining or gyms and fitness centers to open Friday as previously planned. → Read More

Masks now mandatory in Philly as officials show concern over new virus cases; suburban counties go ‘green’

The city is now reconsidering its plans to move into the green phase next week, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Friday. Officials will monitor the virus and determine “what, if anything” slated to reopen on July 3 can still do so. → Read More

Philly is ‘pleading with business owners’ to follow coronavirus safety rules. But it’s not issuing fines.

Ensuring that all businesses follow guidelines — including spacing outdoor tables at least six feet apart, screening employees for symptoms, and requiring masks — is key to easing more restrictions. → Read More

Philly requires masks as city sees increase in new cases

A second wave of the coronavirus is beginning in Philadelphia, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Friday as he announced increases in new cases, implemented a requirement for all residents to wear masks, and said he would reconsider whether the city can move into the “green” phase next week. → Read More

Philly City Council approves budget with coronavirus cuts, tax hikes, flat-funded police department

Councilmember Kendra Brooks voted against the budget. "I cannot accept a budget that allowed the Philadelphia Police Department to make up 15% of the total operating budget," she said. → Read More

Amusement and water parks to open in N.J. next week, but the pandemic ‘is definitely not over,' officials warn

“We can’t get our economy back to where it was if our hospitals fill back up with COVID-19 patients because some people mistakenly thought they were invincible,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, warning residents to remain vigilant about social distancing and other precautions. → Read More

Protests, marches, and more Juneteenth commemorations continue Saturday in Philadelphia

Several marches and protests are planned Saturday, including one in honor of Breonna Taylor, killed by police in Louisville, and Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, a Black transgender woman found dismembered in the Schuylkill River last week. → Read More

Philly budget deal cuts police funding by $33 million

City Council also made tax hikes temporary and restored funding for affordable housing, arts, and the African American museum in a preliminary budget vote. → Read More

Children and families march during third weekend of Philly demonstrations

"It’s not fair that police killed George Floyd because his skin was brown," said Harper Davis, 7, at a march in Lower Merion on Saturday. Other demonstrations are planned around the Philadelphia region. → Read More

Philly City Council wants to ban police kneeholds and require new cops to live in the city

Similar bans have gained traction in cities across the country since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck. → Read More

Philly officials share outdoor dining guidelines as area loosens COVID-19 restrictions

Philadelphia will begin to allow outdoor dining on Friday for restaurants that already have sidewalk cafe licenses, and it will open applications for other restaurants to begin offering seating on sidewalks, parking spaces, or temporarily closed streets, city officials said. → Read More

Mayor Jim Kenney approved tear gas use at Philly protests, officials say as City Council questions police response

City Council members questioned use of tear gas on demonstrators and the police response to protests and looting during a budget hearing Wednesday. → Read More

Will Philly dismantle the police department for a new public safety system? It’s unlikely.

Passing a bill to abolish or completely defund the Philadelphia Police Department remains a long shot in City Council, despite recent gains by progressives. → Read More

After days of protests against police brutality, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney pledges police reforms

“This moment is a beginning,” the mayor said. → Read More

A couple celebrated their wedding at the protest for George Floyd

The protest along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway briefly turned into a wedding party Saturday afternoon, as Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon joined the march on their wedding day. → 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

Philly City Council members call for police to stop using tear gas and rubber bullets

The use of force against peaceful protesters "has brought shame to Philadelphia," four Council members said. → Read More

Philly City Council members call for police to stop using tear gas and rubber bullets

The use of force against peaceful protesters "has brought shame to Philadelphia," four Council members said. → Read More

Delco DA charges Aston man with ethnic intimidation, says he shouted racial slurs at protesters

Police say Brian Setnick of Aston Township threatened demonstrators while driving by a peaceful rally. → Read More