Virginia Streva

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Virginia Streva is a Culture Curator for PhillyVoice.com. Originally from south Louisiana, she moved to Philadelphia in 2015. She loves exploring different themes in culture and is loving the Philly culture she has become a part of since moving here. She has a background in music journalism and creative writing. She wrote her first novel, "I Want To Be Adored," in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga, watching "Food Network" in her PJs with a cup of tea, and exploring the city. Follow her on Twitter @vastreva.

virginia@phillyvoice.com

June 26, 2019

Food & Drink

Where to eat and drink in Philly this Fourth of July

While you're building up your All-American vibes for a picturesque scene down by Penn's Landing or at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, here are a couple of food and drink stops to make along the way.

June 26, 2019

Crime

Two arrested in connection with thefts from more than 40 concession stands in New Jersey

Michael J. Kalouis, 31, of Stanhope, and Angela M. Lopez, 34 of Middlesex, are each charged with 11 counts of burglary and single counts of theft in Bergen County, prosecutors announced Tuesday, and the duo remain the primary suspects in more than 40 concession stand burglaries across New Jersey.

June 26, 2019

TV

'The Office' is officially leaving Netflix and everything is not okay

NBCUniversal announced in a statement on Tuesday that "The Office" would leave the platform for NBC's new ad-supported streaming service, expected to launch in 2020. NBC will hold the rights to Netflix's most watched show exclusively for five years.

June 25, 2019

Crime

Six crewmen charged and remain in federal custody for $1 billion cocaine bust

Six crew members were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement with the recent $1 billion cocaine drug bust aboard the MSC Gayane — a container ship that was docked in the Port of Philadelphia last week.

June 25, 2019

Philadelphia Police

Philadelphia Police update guidelines for officers' interactions with transgender and non-binary people

The Philadelphia Police Department announced a new policy on Tuesday that outlines protections for transgender and non-binary people. The new policy applies to all police interactions with transgender people, including those being detained.

June 24, 2019

Investigations

New York man dies in the Dominican Republic, becomes 10th U.S. tourist casualty since 2018

A Long Island, New York, man reportedly is the 10th American to die while visiting the Dominican Republic in the last year. Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, Long Island had been visiting the Caribbean island to celebrate his retirement and he died June 17, News 12 Long Island reported, having confirmed his death with the U.S. State Department officials.

June 24, 2019

Health News

New poll finds 45 percent of Americans still doubt the safety of vaccines

A large percentage of Americans still doubt the safety if vaccines, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association. The survey revealed that while 55% of Americans do not doubt vaccine safety, 45% of Americans have been influenced by one of several factors to question their effectiveness. Despite these concerns, 82% of respondents in the poll said they were in favor of the use vaccines.

June 24, 2019

Streaming

Amazon releases official trailer for Meek Mill docuseries, 'Free Meek'

The trailer for Meek Mill's new docuseries, "Free Meek," premiered at the BET Awards on Sunday night. The five-episode series on Amazon Prime follows the Philadelphia rappers legal fight exposes the greater flaws within the justice system.

June 23, 2019

Politics

Former Rep. Joe Sestak joins the 2020 presidential race

Former Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County has announced he's running for president in 2020. He is the 24th Democratic candidate to join the race for president.

June 23, 2019

Fire

Refinery fire extinguished at Philadelphia Energy Solutions

A small fire that was left in the aftermath of the Philadelphia refinery explosion on Friday has been extinguished, officials said.

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