Oona Goodin-Smith, Philly Inquirer

Oona Goodin-Smith

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Oona:

Juvenile abuse bill prompted by Glen Mills investigation passes House

The bill, which will now move to the Senate, would eliminate obstacles for youths to file lawsuits while they’re still detained in the residential facilities where they're being abused. → Read More

N.J. officials ask for public’s help after gunfire, ‘targeted attack’ on 2 Camden police officers’ home

The shooting took place just before midnight Tuesday, when police say at least two suspects fired 10 shots at the officers' home while they and their newborn baby were inside. → Read More

How Philly’s summer of protests revitalized the affordable housing movement

The leaders of this summer’s uprising in the city see racism, policing, mass incarceration, a lack of affordable housing and homelessness as inextricably linked. → Read More

Philadelphia officials say homeless encampment clearing could take days

Organizers and some residents of the protest encampment remained resolute in their determination to stay put until the city meets their demands to provide permanent housing to encampment residents. → Read More

Philly indoor dining reopens with coronavirus restrictions; jury trials resume; Shore beachgoers enjoy Labor Day

Indoor dining in Philadelphia can resume today, with restrictions. Movie theaters and performance venues are also permitted to reopen. → Read More

Protesters gather in Philly for Jacob Blake rally

Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Wisconsin on Aug. 23. → Read More

N.J. gyms and indoor amusement parks can reopen today; health systems report virus-related losses

And, New Jersey will allow restaurants to open for indoor dining starting Friday, with capacity and social distancing restrictions. → Read More

Photo of Kenney dining indoors in Maryland draws criticism

Indoor dining will be allowed to resume in Philadelphia on Sept. 8. But the waiting period has been tough on local eateries. → Read More

Philly protesters call for justice for Jacob Blake: ‘Now is the time to take to the streets'

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Kenosha, and to protest the constant, senseless violence against Black and brown people in this country,” one woman said. → Read More

NAACP takes control over Philly chapter after president’s anti-Semitic Facebook post, backlash

The local NAACP chapter’s executive committee voted last week to dissolve itself and relinquish full leadership to the national office, which will appoint new leadership of the Philadelphia chapter. → Read More

Philadelphia plans on clearing homeless encampments near the Parkway and on Ridge Avenue

The city says the encampments should be cleared by 9 a.m., while two members of CIty Council ask that Mayor Jim Kenney continue to negotiate. → Read More

South Philly Columbus statue to be moved from Marconi Plaza, placed in temporary storage

Philadelphia’s statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from Marconi Plaza and placed in temporary storage, a decision reached by the city’s Art Commission Wednesday following more than a month → Read More

Penn, Drexel officers’ presence on 52nd Street renews calls to defund campus police

While both universities say campus police did not use munitions or make arrests that night, their presence at the violent scene has sparked outcry from students, faculty, and staff. → Read More

Keeping Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza would be ‘completely unsafe,’ Philly says in removal proposal

City officials suggested bringing in a qualified rigging team and sculpture conservator to remove the 144-year-old statue and place it in storage. → Read More

Pa. coronavirus numbers double what they were last month; back-to-school worries intensify

Pennsylvania's case numbers are back where they were in mid-May. Meanwhile, with clock ticking for schools, “It’s like we’re planning in quicksand,” says the Camden superintendent. → Read More

Two vacant South Philadelphia houses collapse; no injuries reported

The two houses on the 700 block of Mercy Street collapsed around 12:10 p.m. while work was being done, Philadelphia police said. → Read More

Philadelphia gyms allowed to reopen today; city delays garbage pickup as workers call out sick

And, Pennsylvania’s new, tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants, and other businesses, as well as on indoor gatherings, are now in effect. → Read More

Police tear-gassed West Philadelphia's 52nd Street in protest response they haven’t explained

Residents struggle with fear, fury and trauma after police tear-gassed residential blocks amid unrest in West Philadelphia. → Read More

Read the federal lawsuits against Philly police for using tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters and residents

In three separate federal lawsuits focused on police response to unrest on I-676 and on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia, the plaintiffs said city officials and police violated their constitutional rights with “grossly excessive” actions. → Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf mandates wearing masks in public as Pa. and N.J. prepare to reopen attractions

Cases have crept up locally and surged in the South and West raising concerns as reopenings continue. The death toll in the Philadelphia region has passed 5,000. → Read More