Cigarette Tax Faces New Opposition

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This is why nothing in Harrisburg is done until it’s done.

Members of the Pennsylvania House were expected to reconvene next week with one purpose, really in mind: Pass a bll giving the Philadephia the authority to raise the cigarette tax and give the resulting revenues to a city school district that says it can’t open without the funding.

But the Inquirer today reports that anti-tax Republicans in the House are getting cold feet. Some are even saying they won’t call of vacations to come back to Harrisburg for the vote. There are questions about whether the tax can even be passed, now.

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Lurie On Foles, Kelly And Roseman

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The message from Jeffrey Lurie was clear Wednesday afternoon: He likes the direction his franchise is headed, but he’s not ready to make any grand proclamations.

Speaking to reporters on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex, Lurie touched on a variety of topics like Chip Kelly’s second year, Howie Roseman’s role with the organization and Nick Foles’ promise.

“He spent the whole year with our players, with the organization, with the NFL, and he’s a guy that’s always thinking, always asking why, analyzing,” Lurie said when asked how Kelly has evolved. “It’s more information for him to be better himself. And it’s a lot easier when you’re in your second year of any situation where everyone has expectations of the way you’re gonna operate – the players, his staff, everyone… in terms of you’re not installing nearly as much. You’re able to just execute. So on both ends, I think he has much more information, and he’ll use that to the best of his ability because he’s smart. And everyone around him will understand better exactly what he was trying to accomplish.” Read more »

WTF is Going on With Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location?

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A brief timeline of Michael Kors in Philadelphia:

JANUARY 2014: Burberry vacates is prime (but apparently not prosperous) location at 1705 Walnut Street. No one is too surprised or upset because it wasn’t that great of an outpost anyway. Racked Philly confirms that Michael Kors is taking over the space.

FEBRUARY 2014: Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Pearl Properties of Philadelphia bought the building for $5 million, and that the Michael Kors store is expected to open May 15th.

APRIL 2014: Michael Kors — the man, not the store — comes to Philly. He visits Art In The Age, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit, shakes lots of hands, wears aviators, sees Cher. The store must be following soon, we thought!

MAY 2014: Crickets.

Fast-forward to now, and this is what we have:

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Restored Fitler Square Townhouse with Two-Story Wall of Windows

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

2317 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA.

There’s a brick courtyard with a fountain behind this three-story Fitler Square home, but what makes this detail an important one is the fact that it can be seen and accessed from the family room, a room which boasts antique wood paneling, spiral staircase, and, get this, a 20-foot “wall of windows.”

At the front of the home is the living room with built-ins, fireplace, wet bar, and exposed brick wall, while the island-centered kitchen can be found on the lower level with its custom cabinetry and U-Line wine refrigerator. (There’s a laundry/storage room here too.)

The second floor contains the master bedroom and its renovated stone bathroom, as well as a bonus room to be turned into whatever you please. Another bedroom and bath can be found on the third floor.

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DIY Down the Shore: Peter Serpico’s Grilled Sesame Shrimp

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It’s been a long day at the beach and you’re craving seafood. Something simple, but which will still impress whoever you’re serving. Which is exactly why this recipe is perfect.

Peter Serpico of South Street’s Serpico has you covered with his grilled sesame shrimp with corn and tomatoes. It’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, and a dish even those inexperienced in the kitchen can tackle. So take advantage of the ocean’s bounty and take this recipe with you the next time you go down the shore.

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Chilled Soups You Should Be Eating Right Now

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Over on Be Well Philly, they’ve put together a list of the best chilled soups that you can eat in Philly right now. And you should get over there and check it out because A) it’s still super-hot outside, B) the chilled zucchini soup with squash blossoms, crab and curried yogurt at Fitler Dining Room sounds awesome, and C) the spicy chilled cauliflower vichyssoise at Noord sounds just as good.

And that’s only two of the cold soups on a list that runs to almost a dozen. Go check it out now.

The Most Mouthwatering Chilled Soups In Philly Right Now [Be Well Philly]

PHOTOS: 25 Fun Summer Wedding Ideas From Pinterest

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Colorful shades come in handy at sunny ceremonies.

The end of summer may be approaching more quickly than we’d like, but that doesn’t stop us from obsessing over all of the creative food and décor ideas that come along with warm weather weddings.

Naturally, Pinterest is full of great ideas for summertime affairs, but even we were surprised by some of the amazing ideas that people are coming up with these days to keep their guests cool and comfortable in the hot summer sun.

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Camp Notes: Wolff Runs With the Ones

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

For much of the spring and summer, Nate Allen has occupied the starting safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins. On Wednesday, though, it was Earl Wolff running with the ones.

“I saw it this morning,” said Wolff, speaking about the depth chart. “I don’t think too much of it. I just went in there, made a couple plays.”

“I thought he did well,” added Jenkins. “As far as communications he was loud, he was on point, he thought before the play. I know they’re going to be continuously rotating — even I was with the twos a couple practices ago — it’s good for him to get that exposure, those reps, and I’m watching the competition just like you guys.” Read more »

Woman Crush Wednesday: The Attic Youth Center’s Alyssa Mutryn

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, The Attic Youth Center Director of Development Alyssa Mutryn.



Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

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