Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik

Hannah is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice covering trending news. She’s interested in criminal justice, state politics, music and education reporting. Originally from the West Coast, she grew up in Northern California and earned her journalism degree from the University of Oregon before making the cross-country move. She’s had work published in the Seattle Times, PennLive, The Statesman Journal, The News-Review and Southwark News. Hannah also served as the Senior News Editor for the Daily Emerald, UO’s student-run newspaper.

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September 24, 2021

Courts

'Comfort dogs' can accompany witnesses in Pennsylvania criminal trials, state Supreme Court rules

Pennsylvania judges can allow witnesses to use "comfort dogs" for emotional support so long as the animals do not interfere with the defendant's right to a fair trial, the state Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision. The ruling stemmed from an appeal of a Chester County murder conviction. The defendant claimed the use of a 'comfort dog' unfairly swayed the jury against him.

September 23, 2021

Business

Philly among the top 30 cities worldwide for new companies, Startup Genome says

Philadelphia was named one of the best cities in the world for startups in 2021 for its depth of tech talent, access to funding and strong life sciences and data analytics startups. It rose 15 spots from last year's ranking, making it one of the largest jumps recorded on the firm's rankings

September 23, 2021

Festivals

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Philadelphia region this fall

Oktoberfest season is in full swing and there are plenty of opportunities to get your beer and bratwurst fix across the Philadelphia region — whether you're looking for family-friendly activities or a full blown day-party.

September 23, 2021

Arts & Culture

Monumental Tour features sculptures examining themes from Black history

The traveling Monumental Tour landed in Philadelphia this week, placing four sculptures examining Black history themes near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Delaware River waterfront. The exhibition runs through Jan. 31, 2022. Its themes include colonization, oppression, privilege and Black pride.

September 23, 2021

Fitness

Northern Liberties Fitness & Wellness Fair features free demos, giveaways

The first Northern Liberties Fitness & Wellness Fair, featuring free demos, giveaways and workshops, takes place Sunday, Sept. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. on the 700 block of North Second Street.

September 22, 2021

Arts & Culture

Fall for the Arts Festival returns to Chestnut Hill on Sunday

Fall for the Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill's outdoor, arts-and-crafts marketplace takes place Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Germantown Avenue. It features original artwork, live demonstrations, children's activities, music and shopping. All attendees must wear face masks. This is 36th year for the festival.

September 22, 2021

Business

PECO, Exelon create $250K relief fund for communities impacted by Hurricane Ida

PECO and Exelon launched a $250,000 storm recovery fund for Southeastern Pennsylvanian communities impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Damages to public infrastructure totaled $117 million in Pennsylvania, including at least $27 million in Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf said.

September 21, 2021

Government

Philly receives $42 million from White House initiative to combat homelessness

Philadelphia will receive $42 million by joining House America, a White House initiative to reduce homelessness by using a housing first approach. The funding will be used to build new affordable housing units and to help people find permanent homes The city also will receive 863 emergency vouchers.

September 21, 2021

Festivals

Northern Liberties Night Market expands on 2nd Street Festival tradition

The Northern Liberties Night Market, run by the organizers of the annual 2nd Street Festival, will be held Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5-10 p.m. It will include various food trucks, vendors, live performers and games to Second Street, between Fairmount Avenue and Poplar Street.

September 18, 2021

Business

Food delivery fees could be capped at 15% under proposed city council legislation

Food delivery services like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub could soon have their delivery fees capped under new legislation out of Philadelphia City Council.

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