Maggie Mancini

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Maggie Mancini is a staff writer at PhillyVoice. Her interests include education, housing, culture, and politics. A recent graduate of Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communications, she worked as a section editor at REFINE Magazine, Temple’s student-run women’s magazine. She was also a regular contributor to Temple University’s HerCampus chapter. She is a Philadelphia native from Roxborough.

maggie@phillyvoice.com

December 5, 2022

Entertainment

What is Lensa, the AI self-portrait generator going viral on social media?

Lensa AI, an app that takes photos from your camera roll and transforms them into works of art, has taken social media by storm over the past few weeks. The app costs $3.99 for a set of 50 photos, and has come under fire from artists who are concerned about art theft and user privacy.

December 2, 2022

Crime

Trans woman fatally shot at home in Germantown on Thanksgiving, D.A. says

A transgender woman was fatally shot inside her mother's Germantown apartment just after midnight on Thanksgiving Day, the District Attorney's Office said during a press conference on Thursday. She is the 35th trans person killed in the U.S. in 2022.

December 2, 2022

Movies

Watch holiday classics from 'Elf' to 'Die Hard' at the Philadelphia Film Center this month

The Philadelphia Film Center is hosting a series of screenings of popular holiday films and some chilling thrillers this December. Check out the full list of offerings, including a special screening of 'Home Alone' with free pizza and a screening of 'Miracle on 34th Street' with a food drive from Philabundance.

December 2, 2022

Celebrities

Taylor Swift fans file FTC complaint over Ticketmaster's 'predatory practices' during Eras Tour presale

An activist group of Taylor Swift fans filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Friday over Ticketmaster's handling of the Nov. 15 presale of the pop superstar's upcoming Eras Tour. Vigilante Legal asked the FTC to investigate the ticketing company's 'predatory practices' and misinformation.

December 1, 2022

Education

N.J. schools must submit digital maps of buildings to police to help first responders in emergencies

New Jersey schools are now required to submit digital mapping information to police as part of a statewide effort to assist first responders in school shootings and other emergencies. $6.5 million from the American Rescue Plan will help map 1,500 schools in the state that do not already have the technology.

December 1, 2022

Music

The War on Drugs revives 'Drugcember' holiday concerts to benefit Philly schools

The War on Drugs will revive its 'Drugcember to Remember' holiday concert series later this month with proceeds going to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, which raises money to directly support Philly's public schools. Check out the shows at Johnny Brenda's on Dec. 19-21. The holiday concerts were canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

November 30, 2022

Government

N.J. could soon mandate abortions be covered by state-regulated health insurance plans

New Jersey could soon become the eighth state to mandate state-regulated private health insurance plans cover abortion, as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's ongoing efforts to expand abortion rights across the state. The Department of Banking and Insurance is drafting changes to the regulations that would require plans on the state's health care marketplace to cover abortion. If approved, it could go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

November 30, 2022

Crime

Kensington drug boss, known for selling narcotics labeled 'funeral' to show potency, sentenced to prison

Ricardo Carrion, 42, otherwise known as 'PR,' was sentenced to 19 years and four months in federal prison for his leadership role in a drug trafficking organization that distributed thousands of doses of narcotics, including heroin stamped with the label 'funeral' to advertise its potency. The case is part of a larger joint investigation from the DEA and Philly police into a scourge of drug crimes in Kensington.

November 30, 2022

Holiday

Skate on a pop-up ice rink and sing karaoke at uCity Square's holiday festival

uCity Square will welcome the holidays to Philadelphia with a pop-up ice skating rink, karaoke, craft-making workshops and a beer and wine garden.

November 29, 2022

Education

Lower Merion High School alumni plan memorials to late principal

Sean Hughes, the longtime principal of Lower Merion High School, was killed in a car crash in Camden County on Nov. 13, 2021. In the year that has passed, members of the school community have joined together to plan tributes including a memorial garden and plaza, a children's book, and a scholarship fund.

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