Michael Tanenbaum

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Michael Tanenbaum is a senior staff writer 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

June 29, 2022

TV

Rutgers medical students to study 'Stranger Things' as metaphor for mental illness

'Stranger Things 4' will serve as the basis of a Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School course that examines how the show depicts mental health through its characters and themes. Critics have likened Season 4 to an allegory for mental health – specifically disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. Psychiatry professor Anthony Tobia will use the Netflix series as a way for medical students to discuss the diagnosis of these disorders and their symptoms. The final two episodes of 'Stranger Things 4' will be released July 1 on Netflix.

June 29, 2022

Investigations

Driver killed in suspected road rage shooting in Delaware County

Authorities in Delaware County are investigating a suspected road rage shooting that resulted in the death of a 54-year-old man in Springfield Township on Wednesday morning. The incident happened near the intersection of South Street Road and Meetinghouse Lane. The shooting suspect fled the scene and an investigation remains ongoing. The shooting victim was identified as Springfield resident King Hua.

June 29, 2022

Wildlife

Photo shows giant ray approaching surfer off the coast of Wildwood

A giant ray was photographed next to a surfer in Wildwood earlier in June. The encounter happened off the coast of the Rambler Road beach. Rays are generally not aggressive animals, and they tend to stay near the surface of the water. It's not uncommon for people to encounter them while out surfing. Many ray and skate species can be found at the Jersey Shore.

June 29, 2022

Transportation

PennDOT to remove Fifth Street Bridge, reconstruct road in North Philly

PennDOT will start to remove the Fifth Street Bridge in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia next week. The section of Fifth Street running between Hunting Park Avenue and Bristol Street will be reconstructed. The project will result in a series of road closures and detours for motorists and pedestrians over the next year. PennDOT officials said the Fifth Street Bridge is in poor condition.

June 28, 2022

Investigations

Property owner charged in Fairhill fire that killed Philadelphia firefighter

Al-Ashraf Khalil, 28, is charged with intentionally setting fire to a property he owned in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia on the morning of June 18. The fire caused the three-story building to collapse, resulting in the death of Philadelphia firefighter Sean Williamson.

June 28, 2022

Wildlife

Endangered butterfly spotted in Delaware for first time since the mid-90s

A rare sighting of an endangered Hessels' Hairstreak butterfly was confirmed at a property owned by the Nature Conservancy in the Delmarva Peninsula in southern Delaware. The species has been depleted due to habitat loss, since its sole food source is The Atlantic white cedar tree. The sighting in Delaware was the first in 27 years. The species remains common, but vulnerable, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

June 28, 2022

Investigations

Bucks County woman killed by her boyfriend as her kids watched, prosecutors say

Thadius McGrath, 35, of Chatham, Massachusetts, beat and strangled to death 31-year-old Samantha Rementer at her home in Northampton Township, Bucks County on June 8, prosecutors said. McGrath attempted to kill himself, but survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face, according to investigators. Rementer's two children were home at the time of her death and allegedly witnessed the attack.

June 27, 2022

Media

Seth Joyner to leave 'Eagles Postgame Live' on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Eagles linebacker and broadcaster Seth Joyner will not return to NBC Sports Philadelphia this season to appear on "Eagles Postgame Live" and the pre-game show. Joyner announced the news Monday, a month after Eagles broadcasting legend Ray Didinger retired from a 53-year career. Barrett Brooks and Michael Barkann remain the only anchors on the network's pre- and post-game Eagles coverage.

June 27, 2022

Accidents

Truck carrying 10,000 pounds of fireworks catches fire on New Jersey highway

A truck carrying 10,000 pounds of fireworks caught fire on Interstate 287 in Somerset County, New Jersey on Sunday night. The flames caused the fireworks to shoot into the sky on the highway, resulting in delays overnight as officials got the scene under control. A video from the area in Bridgewater, near Exit 14 in the southbound lanes, shows the fireworks leaping from the top of the truck.

June 27, 2022

Food & Drink

Fishtown Social owner set to open Wahine Wine Co., gourmet market at Jersey Shore

Wahine Wine Co. and Fish & Whistle Market open July 1 in Ventnor, New Jeresey, at 101 N. Dorset Ave. The bottle shop and gourmet food market at the Jersey Shore is owned by Vanessa Wong, who founded wine bar Fishtown Social in Philadelphia.

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