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Port Richmond school gets a library after years of planning

Port Richmond’s Liguori Academy high school cut the ribbon last week on its “Boundless Knowledge Library,” funded by community donations.

Liguori also doesn’t yet have a librarian, so for now it’s operating on the honor system, Asha Prihar reports — but students are already reading more.

Bluecoat gin is sold, but local distillery is making big moves

Bluecoat gin, the signature product of Pa.’s first post-Prohibition distillery, is no longer locally owned. It was sold to a Kentucky-based whiskey maker.

  • The brand’s Philly roots will never go away, noted Bluecoat co-creator Rob Cassell, who helped rewrite Pennsylvania liquor laws and open the floodgates for the commonwealth’s 140-plus craft distilleries.

Now he could again shift the landscape, Ian Mikrut reports for BP, acquiring a Bucks County boozemaker in a bid to become a regional powerhouse.

March On: The Fight for Pride

New podcast by Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg
Out now: Trailer | Next up: Episode 1, May 26

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Mayor Kenney joins Sen. Casey on Boathouse Row to announce details about new federal funding for the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia (10 a.m.).


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