Some cities might have been thrown for a loop by all that went on here this week, between the NFL draft, the Penn Relays, and the first really summer-ish weather. Not Philly. We smiled at the wide-eyed strangers in our midst, waited indulgently in traffic for packs of roving bruhs, made way for the odd feminista uprising, waved at all the cops. We booed Roger Goodell with lusty pleasure. We booed first-round Eagles pick Derek Barnett. (Welcome to Philly, kid!) We gave hometown hero Haasan Reddick, the Temple walk-on who went to the Cardinals just ahead of the Birds’ pick, the biggest cheers of opening night. Read more »
Amid heated national debate about so-called sanctuary cities, Philly is making its immigration stance loud and clear.
City Council has passed a resolution this week “recognizing every person’s fundamental right to earn a living, regardless of immigration status, and affirming the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to protect and secure a safe and dignified workplace for all.” Read more »
The state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would forbid Philadelphia and other municipalities from regulating plastic bag sales.
The regulations are largely enacted to cut back on the harmful environmental effects of plastic bags (they become litter, get caught up in waterways/tree branches and are ingested by animals) while generating a revenue stream.
But supporters of the bill say regulations could hurt the state’s manufacturing and recycling industries. The measure has been touted as a job-friendly bill that would “protect the 1,500 Pennsylvania residents whose jobs depend on the plastic bag recycling and manufacturing industry,” House Minority White Mike Hanna, a Democrat who sponsors the bill, told City&State PA. Read more »
So – what does the event that’s shutting down the Parkway actually look like? Apparently it looks like the “wildest, most raucous atmosphere in draft history.” Read more »
An in-depth City and State PA investigation into several legal cases handled by district attorney candidate Tariq El-Shabazz during his time as a private defense attorney has uncovered a string of clients who claim that he mishandled their cases – and, in one case, two federal judges who ruled that El-Shabazz’s conduct contributed to a man’s conviction. Read more »
SEPTA will discontinue magnetic-stripe Transpasses and One Day Convenience Passes starting June 1st.
It’s part of the transportation organization’s push to get riders on board with the new SEPTA Key Card system. Read more »
With the NFL Draft mega-event — sold to us with promises of great exposure, a tourism bump, and a revenue jolt — already underway in Philadelphia, we would have expected hotel availability to be scarce. We would have thought that getting a table at a great restaurant would be downright impossible. But that’s simply not the case. Read more »
For months now, I’ve been listening to city VIPs and the kind of guys who spend their free time playing fantasy football go on and on about how awesome it is that the NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia. Well, now it’s here. And ain’t it great? Read more »
We’re pretty sure that no one has ever written a story before about the art program at Penn State’s Abington campus, but when there’s a crucified frog involved, well, obviously we took notice. Read more »
Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.
O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Read more »