Hotel for the holidays | Morning Newsletter

It’s a cloudy Christmas Eve, but with temperatures approaching the fifties, it must be a good night.

Today we get a holiday glimpse of a few Chester County families still bearing the brunt of the devastation caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, still desperately searching for a home of their own.

What is fueling the escalating gun violence in Philly? Stolen guns in the streets.

– Kerith Gabriel (Tweet embed,

For families still displaced by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, a hotel next to Exton Shopping Center was home. It’s not their choice, but with the lack of affordable housing in Chester County, they have nowhere else to go.

And the long-term hotel life is no cakewalk. They can’t cook, and the two-person rooms are dorm families — some of the most vulnerable families in Pennsylvania’s wealthiest county.

Despite it all, they were able to build a community, take care of each other’s children, share meals, and host the birthday party our reporter Ellie Rushing attended. She offers a glimpse of this Christmas Eve from being in a hotel for the holidays.

Three overlapping trends are driving an increase in gun violence on city streets:

  • More gun buyers and owners.

  • More gun-related arrests.

  • And perhaps least discussed, more guns stolen.

The number of stolen firearms rose last year to the highest level since 2011. Police say reports of stolen guns have risen again this year, up 9% from the record 2020 pace.

Some of the surprising findings from our investigation include how often people don’t report stolen guns to the police, and where thieves have had the most success: cars.

Our reporters Mensah Dean and Dylan Purcell report on what helped fuel a violent public in Philadelphia.

Day after day, the iconic brunch spot on 21st and Sansom Streets closes at the end of the year, signaling an irreplaceable aging workforce. He was one of the creators of the only breakfast and lunch menu in Philly. Today’s question: Do you know how many years brunch is served day in and day out? Our reporter Michael Klein has the answer and a look at this Philly Foundation.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We’re pressing pause on our Sunday Morning Newsletter, but I’ll be back on Monday with a special edition in review for 2021. My gift to you: A timely reminder of what’s open today for last-minute shoppers like myself.


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