Sam Wood, Philly Inquirer

Sam Wood

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent:
  • Philly Inquirer
Past:
  • The Morning Call
  • Philly.com

Recent articles by Sam:

Man, 27, shot and killed in West Philadelphia

The victim was not identified by police. → Read More

Enthusiasm in N.J. and Pa. as malls open after a long coronavirus shutdown

Shopping malls began to reopen this weekend marking a tentative return to normalcy for the Philadelphia region after months of pandemic restrictions. → Read More

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana player aims to ramp up production and drive down prices

Jushi president Erich Mauff said he will improve quality and quantity of the pharmaceutical grade cannabis → Read More

‘Baby bust’ caused by COVID-19 could bring a drop of 500,000 U.S. births, says Brookings report

“Tremendous economic loss, uncertainty, and insecurity” brought on by COVID-19 likely will cause a decrease of between 300,000 to 500,000 births, according to a Brookings report. → Read More

Medical marijuana CEOs tout jobs in newly opened dispensaries, count on legalization for adult use

Marijuana CEOs say they're investing millions into Pennsylvania and New Jersey and expect investment and the number of jobs to explode if the states approve legalizing for adult-use. → Read More

Holding one pound of weed would be legal in N.J. if this social justice bill becomes a law

The penalty for holding a pound of marijuana would result in a written citation. → Read More

Philadelphia marijuana dispensaries say state rules slow down reopening after looting

Seven of the city's dispensaries were damaged in the looting that followed citywide protests after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd. One store lost marijuana valued at $25,000. → Read More

Major Republican donors are getting a $25 million marijuana permit in the Pa. budget

A provision in the new fiscal code grants the recipients a lucrative medical marijuana permit valued at about $25 million. → Read More

FDA action on cannabis firm’s drug for COVID-19 patients sends Philly pharma firm’s stock soaring

But investors may be overvaluing FSD’s tidbit of news. → Read More

Philly scammer Brenda Smith charged with $68 million securities fraud, other crimes

She's charged criminally with wire fraud and securities fraud, spending millions on AmEx credit cards and other expenses, while stealing investors' money. → Read More

How family-owned Philly businesses survived the Center City looting: They took a stand

Businesses whose owners did not abandon their properties went largely unscathed. → Read More

CBS3 cuts sports anchor Lesley Van Arsdall, other staffers, in slimming of its news operation

Van Arsdall joined the Eyewitness News in team in 2003 as a reporter. About 400 employees reportedly were let go by CBS3 parent ViacomCBS this week in what was called a corporate restructuring. In Philadelphia, CBS3 cut about four on air staffers and nine others. → Read More

Drug maker Gilead accidentally revealed identities of thousands of patients on HIV drug, lawsuit claims

Gilead may have inadvertently revealed identities of thousands of people who are taking a medicine to prevent them from coming down with HIV. → Read More

Philly has the lowest minimum wage of any U.S. city, new study says

There’s only one major stop along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor where minimum wage earners are guaranteed an income below the federally-defined poverty line. → Read More

America’s death-care industry is getting squeezed as cremations rise at an ‘astronomical rate’

As more families choose cremation, the country’s “death care” industry, reliant on more expensive caskets and burials, is seeing revenues shrink at a dramatic pace — with coronavirus accelerating the trend. → Read More

America’s death-care industry is getting squeezed as cremations rise at an ‘astronomical rate’

As more families choose cremation, the country’s “death care” industry, reliant on more expensive caskets and burials, is seeing revenues shrink at a dramatic pace — with coronavirus accelerating the trend. → Read More

Why are Pa. and N.J. receiving fewer PPP coronavirus loans? The New York Fed investigates

States where community banks have more business customers received more PPP loans. → Read More

Facebook invests in news with grants to Inquirer, other Pa. news organizations

The social media giant announced Thursday that the Inquirer will receive $150,000 as part of a '$100 million global investment in news.' → Read More

The dead are getting $1,200 stimulus checks. Are survivors required to send the money back? Maybe not.

The law doesn't specifically say whether the money must be returned. The IRS is asking nicely, but they've made this mistake before. → Read More

The dead are getting $1,200 stimulus checks. Are survivors required to send the money back? Maybe not.

The law doesn't specifically say whether the money must be returned. The IRS is asking nicely, but they've made this mistake before. → Read More