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If Roe v. Wade falls, eyes turn to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator

The leaked decision was just a draft, but Chief Justice Roberts has confirmed a pending Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. FYI: Pa. does not have a “trigger” law that would instantly restrict access when official.

A federal law to enshrine reproductive rights stalled in the U.S. Senate, where Pa.’s Bob Casey was one of just two Dems not co-sponsoring the bill, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.

Meet wide receiver A.J. Brown, Philly’s newest sports star

The highlight of last night’s Phillies was the first pitch thrown out by new Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown — who almost went into pro baseball, instead.

  • Brown was officially introduced by the Eagles on Monday, four days after Philadelphia traded for him in an acquisition that sent shockwaves through the league and energized the fanbase.

What’s so special about this guy? For one, he’s best friends with the QB. Rashad Grove runs down what to know about Philly’s new NFL superstar.

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 39: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 31the week prior [PPD Google Drive]
  • 696: Shooting victims this year, up 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 159: Year-to-date homicides, down 10% from last year [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH

Gov. Wolf and Mayor Kenney will join other officials and advocates outside Independence Hall to discuss abortion rights in Philly and Pa. (11 a.m.). The mayor then heads to Franklin Square for a ceremony honoring fallen first responders at the Living Flame Memorial (12 p.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

🗳️ Billy Penn event: Ahead of the primary election, reporter Jordan Levy will be taking over our Instagram to answer questions about the first ballot question: Should the board that helps enforce Philly’s fair housing laws be made permanent?  Submit your Qs here. (12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 6)

🏆 Billy Penn Philly Quizzo: Our monthly trivia event about all things Philly lands at the home of Fishtown Iced Teas. Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are kicking it at the new outdoor patio at Interstate Drafthouse, so start assembling a team. Registration is free. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).

🐶 Wind down from the work week with puppy yoga at Philadelphia Brewing Company this Thursday, sponsored by Morris Animal Refuge. Each ticket includes a post-workout pint of beer, though we won’t blame you for trying to adopt a pup too. Tickets are $30. (6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5).

🌳 Choose one of 85 parks across Philadelphia to volunteer for Love Your Park Week, an annual cleanup and community gathering celebrating green space across the city. (Sunday to Sunday, May 7-15)

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