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‘Touch Tours’ help blind experience Philadelphia’s historic food scene (NPR)

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Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market is known for its cheeses, meats, fresh pastas and chocolate. Running 10 city blocks through south Philadelphia, it’s one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in the country. But what would a tour through this vibrant neighborhood be like without the ability to see? That’s where Philly Touch Tours comes in. The guide company specializes in offering hands-on tours of Philadelphia.

A cooking class where new immigrants learn the recipe for English (NPR)

l_for_editorial_use_only_20160107_1451548152For many immigrants, coming to America is full of the unfamiliar — from the language to the food. In Philadelphia, a program aims to help these arrivals settle into their new country by folding English lessons into a cooking class. The program, dubbed Edible Alphabet, is run through the library and Nationalities Service Center, an organization that helps settle refugees when they arrive in Philadelphia. By offering English instruction in the form of a cooking lesson, organizers hope to provide a familiar setting for the students — who hail from over 10 different countries — to connect to each other.

Philadelphia couple searches for a school for their son [three-part series] (NewsWorks/WHYY)

byiers_part_one_20150310_1551300521Follow the Byiers family as they choose where to send their son to kindergarten. Along the way, they navigate charter school lotteries, public school open houses and the appeal of private school. While their gut tells them to go with public school, they continue to weigh what they’ve seen and heard about neighborhood schools against their worries about the overall state of the Philadelphia School District.

Underwater weekend warriors: New Jersey’s volunteer dive team (NewsWorks/WHYY)

l_dscn3186ewWhen Philadelphia native Shane Montgomery went missing early Thanksgiving morning, little-to-no evidence surfaced for weeks.Green ribbons and missing posters spread throughout Northwest Philadelphia and the region as FBI and Philadelphia police combed the area, searching the river and surrounding area with little luck.Then, his family reached out to the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a volunteer underwater search-and-rescue squad, to help.

Effort afoot to honor Germantown tennis legend who made his mark on and off the court (NewsWorks/WHYY)

l_ap432974602396Bill Tilden was the first American to win a Wimbledon title, but you wouldn’t know it in Germantown, the Philadelphia neighborhood in which he was raised. Tilden was a “Philly boy born and bred,” according to Allen Hornblum, a historian currently working on the first biography about the tennis legend written since 1975. Born to a prominent Philadelphia family in 1893, Tilden a won total of three Wimbledon titles, seven U.S. Championships and led the American Davis cup team to victory seven years in a row.

Blighted property in Mt. Airy to be rehabilitated by community conservator (NewsWorks/WHYY)

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The property on E. Phil Ellena Street in Mt. Airy is like so many others throughout the city — vacant and boarded up for years, filled with remnants of former tenants. Boards blocking the front door were loosened by drills and moved to the side to reveal an “Obama 2008” sticker, perhaps a sign of when it was last occupied. The rooms were filled with baby equipment, mattresses, Christmas decorations, baseballs, tossed-aside picture frames, broken furniture and much more. Each room was more difficult to navigate than the last.

Megacities of tomorrow (Kiplinger)

By the mid-2020s, cities will be home to more than 70 percent of the global population (up from 50 percent now) as more people desperate for work and a better lifestyle flock in, leaving behind poorer rural areas and small towns.

Working around the world, who has it best? (Kiplinger)

Looking around the world, who works the most hours? Makes the most money? Has the most leisure time? Or shells out the most for rent?

Fast-growing small businesses led by women (Kiplinger)

By 2018, one-third of new U.S. jobs will be generated by female-owned companies. Here are the top six fields in which women-owned businesses are sprouting the fastest.

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