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Why Philadelphia officials have to resign to run for higher office

Philly’s 2023 mayoral race is expected to kick off any moment now, but if councilmembers want to become candidates, they’ll have to resign their seats.

  • The city’s “resign-to-run” law has been on the books since the Home Rule Charter was adopted in 1951. Despite Council resolutions trying to change it, Philadelphians have twice voted to keep it in place.

How does it work? Asha Prihar explains why we should expect to see vacancies soon in City Council, and what’ll happen when we do.

Remembering Ruffhouse Records, the ’90s hit music label

Many of the most influential albums of the 20th century were recorded in Philadelphia, from classical to soul to hip hop.

  • One of the city’s biggest music powerhouses was Ruffhouse Records. Founded in Northern Liberties in 1989, the label had a string of major hits before closing about a decade later.

Some of the bands launched from this Philly pad, writes Avi Wolfman-Arent: Cypress Hill, The Fugees, and Kriss Kross — of smash hit “Jump.”

RECAP: What else happened?

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Visitors from six countries are in town for the international urban parks conference “Greater and Greener,” and Mayor Kenney joins a forum at the Sheraton (8:10 a.m.). Midday, Kenney announces three new schools will get extra attention as part of the Rebuild-funded community schools program (1:30 p.m.). Afternoon brings the mayor to Fishtown Rec Center for the ribbon cutting on its long-awaited new pool (4 p.m.).


? Tonight! Test your local knowledge and join us at the top of Chestnut Hill’s cobblestoned Germantown Avenue as we take over Tavern on the Hill for a night of Philly trivia with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21)

? The Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square with over 30 life-size displays taking over the park. Admission is $20-$23 for adults, $12 for kids. (June 21 to Aug. 7)

? Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse hosts Love Now Media’s Black comics storytelling workshop, for fans and creators alike. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23)