Brooks Holton

Brooks Holton

Brooks Holton was a Web Curator for PhillyVoice who loved telling stories about the people, places and events that make Philadelphia and the surrounding region unique. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Brooks graduated from Centre College with a bachelor’s degree in English and then earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. Brooks moved to Philadelphia in June 2021 after two years as a Digital Producer at WDRB News in Louisville, where he specialized in breaking news and in-depth reporting. Before that, he worked for USA TODAY and its network of newspapers around the country. He’s also a published fiction writer and loves stressing out about Cincinnati Reds baseball in his spare time. Follow him on Twitter @brooksHolton.

October 12, 2021


If you go: Which events require face masks and which require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

An indoor face mask mandate is in effect for Philadelphia businesses that do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as at unseated outdoor gatherings attended by more than 1,000 people. So what does that mean for Eagles and Sixers games? What about shows at the Kimmel Center? Here's what you need to know before you head to venues and events throughout the city and region.

October 4, 2021


Nursing assistant at Jefferson University Hospital killed by co-worker, police say; two officers shot

A man working as a certified nursing assistant at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was shot and killed early Monday morning by a co-worker, who investigators said fled the hospital and later shot two Philadelphia police officers in the Parkside area of West Philly. The alleged shooter, a 55-year-old man, was shot by officers during a shootout in West Philly, according to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

October 4, 2021

Food & Drink

Who makes the best cheesesteak in Philly? Hot sauce company offering $10,000 to top vote-getter

Where can you find the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia? California-based Truff hot sauce is asking the age old question and will give $10,000 to the top vote-getter. Let the debate begin.

October 3, 2021

Real Estate

M. Night Shyamalan's childhood home in Philly suburbs hits market for $2.175M

The Main Line home where acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan grew up recently hit the market for $2.175 million. Shyamalan's parents bought the house on Old Gulph Road in Wynnewood in 1982, according to property records. Before breaking through with his hit, "The Sixth Sense," a young Shyamalan would invite friends over to film movies in the woods behind the home, his mother told Philadelphia Business Journal.

October 3, 2021


16,000 incomplete ballots mailed to Montgomery County residents

Around 16,000 incomplete ballots for the 2021 Pennsylvania general election were mailed out to residents of Montgomery County. The ballots are defective and should be destroyed, according to election officials. Voters will be reissued corrected mail-in ballots in the coming week, and voting in person remains an option on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

October 2, 2021


Applications being accepted for Philadelphia's new police oversight commission

Philadelphia residents can apply to be part of the Citizen Police Oversight Commission, the new independent watchdog board tasked with investigating the Philadelphia Police Department police department and its officers. The deadline to apply is Nov. 5, 2021. Applicants must be Philly residents and cannot have served as a police officer in the city for at least five years. Current members a municipal or state police union and those who belong to those unions during the past five years will also not be eligible.

September 30, 2021


Meek Mill shares tracklist, features for new album, 'Expensive Pain,' in handwritten note

Meek Mill took to Instagram on Thursday to share a handwritten note revealing the final tracklist and features for his first album in three years, "Expensive Pain," which hits streaming services Friday, Oct. 1. Mill, a Philly native, will be joined by Lil Uzi Vert on the track "Blue Notes 2." Other featured artists include: Lil Baby, ASAP Ferg, Young Thug, Kehlani, Lil Durk, Brent Faiyaz, Giggs, Vory and Moneybagg Yo.

September 30, 2021


Watch the trailer for Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky IV' director's cut

Watch the trailer for 'Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago,' Stallone's director's cut of the classic 1985 boxing film. The trailer was released Thursday by Sylvester Stallone and MGM Studios. The director's cut, promises 40 more minutes of new footage, and it will be shown in select theaters on Nov. 11 and then available on demand on Nov. 12.

September 30, 2021


Center City Giant supermarket, flooded by Hurricane Ida's storms, set to reopen Saturday

The Giant at Riverwalk supermarket in Center City, Philadelphia, reopens Saturday morning for the first time since it was flooded by storms from Hurricane Ida a month ago. The Starbucks located in the store's first-floor and an escalator that transports shopping carts down from the second-floor supermarket and food hall will remain out of service as repairs continue.

September 29, 2021


Wawa reportedly will close one of its South Street locations next month

Wawa has decided to close its location at Ninth and South streets permanently on Sunday, Oct. 17, after a little more than two years in business, according to a report from Philadelphia Business Journal. The Delco-based convenience store chain cited the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and "changing consumer trends." The forthcoming closure leaves 10 Wawa locations scattered across Center City.

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