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Philly schools plan to drop their mask mandate

The School District of Philadelphia expects to make mask-wearing optional this week for students, teachers, and staff, potentially starting Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Health Department may have been misrepresenting the % of kids 5 to 11 who are vaccinated, per The Inquirer — if it’s around 45,000 kids, as shown, that’s about a third of the age group’s total population, not half.

New passenger train service across Southeastern Pa.?

Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties are working to form a new transit agency called the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority.

  • Passenger train service would run from Reading to Philly, with stops in Norristown and Pottstown along the way. County officials are holding public hearings this spring, according to The Reporter.

The long-proposed KOP rail line would extend SEPTA service in the same direction, but the project’s $2 billion price tag has proven prohibitive.

RECAP: What else happened?


No events on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today, but he did make an appearance over the weekend, joining the (postponed from a month ago) Lunar New Year celebration at the Parkway Central Library.


🍸 Billy Penn event: Join us for pub trivia about the city you love. Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, and prizes for the top score. See you there. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

🔭 Stargazers of all ages are welcome for a night of astronomy at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park. Tickets are pay what you can, and if you can’t make it this time, you can sign up for next month. (6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8)

🪓 Kensington’s Urban Axes invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day by throwing hatchets, with half of proceeds going to Women Against Abuse. Tickets are $50 to play or $25 to watch. (7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8)

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