Michael Tanenbaum

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Michael Tanenbaum is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice.com, with interests ranging from technology and behavioral health to local community initiatives and cultural life. Michael has written for the Argentina Independent and Bespoke Magazine and previously served as a news editor for Xfinity.com before joining PhillyVoice. He received his B.A. in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


tanenbaum@phillyvoice.com

March 8, 2021

Investigations

'Biden Barn' in Central Pennsylvania destroyed by fire

A weekend fire destroyed a Reedsville, Pennsylvania barn that had been painted to support last year's Democratic presidential campaign for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. A crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $20,000 to reconstruct the Mifflin County barn. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

March 8, 2021

Government

Series of red flags during city's Philly Fighting COVID partnership detailed in inspector general's report

Philadelphia's Office of the Inspector General issued a report Monday on its investigation into the health department's relationship with Philly Fighting COVID. The report determined that the city failed to adequately vet the organization despite numerous red flags that appeared before it became a vaccine partner.

March 8, 2021

Investigations

Bomb threat called in to federal courthouse in Center City, police say

Philadelphia police are investigating a bomb threat that was called in to report a device left at the federal courthouse at 6th and Market streets on Monday, March 8, 2021. The building was evacuated amid an ongoing investigation.

March 8, 2021

Odd News

Strange pink blob above Jersey Shore explained by NASA, Department of Defense mission

A rocket launched from a NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on March 3 was part of a study of the ionosphere led by the Air Force Research Labs. The experiment included a powdered experimental material that left a pink vaporized cloud visible in Earth's atmosphere.

March 6, 2021

Phillies

Phillies fans aiming to be among first to buy tickets on the secondary market should consider what they're getting

Philadelphia's decision to allow limited fan attendance at the city's pro sports venues was met with a rush of excitement this week — understandably so, after a year of fake crowd noise and cardboard cutouts.

March 5, 2021

Public Spaces

Philly seeking input on reimagined design, function of Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway is poised for a major renovation that will be designed and developed through a Request for Proposals process. The one-mile stretch under consideration will run from 20th Street at the southeast to the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum to the northwest and bordered by Winter Street on the south and Pennsylvania Avenue to the north.

March 5, 2021

Investigations

Chester County funeral home director allegedly stole $257,000 from dying client

Chester County funeral director Kenneth Neeld, 47, was charged with theft, forgery, insurance fraud and related charges after he allegedly stole more than $257,000 from a dying client whose will had designated the funds for local charities, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

March 5, 2021

Health News

Newsweek ranks Penn Presbyterian, HUP among best hospitals in world

Newsweek ranked Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania among the top 2,000 hospitals in the world in its 2021 rankings. Several Pennsylvania hospitals also made Newsweek's list of the top hospitals in the United States. The rankings, developed in partnership with Statista Inc., are based on recommendations from various medical sources, results from patient surveys and medical key performance indicators.

March 4, 2021

Murals

With Fishtown mural, Sixers' Matisse Thybulle will benefit Philly parks

Philadelphia 76ers forward Matisse Thybulle has partnered with Red Bull on a mural in Fishtown and an initiative to raise money for the Philadephia Parks & Recreation Department. Every steal he records this season will generate a $250 donation to improve basketball courts in the city. Thybulle's new mural, spray-painted by Philadelphia artist Gloss Black, located at Garage on East Girard Avenue.

March 4, 2021

Investigations

Philly Proud Boy sent 'vile' threats to woman on Twitter, prosecutors say

Kyle Boell, 40, of Philadelphia, allegedly sent threatening and demeaning messages to a woman on Twitter in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors said the Twitter account belonged to Boell and that he was a member of the extremist right-wing Proud Boys organization.

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