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After late-night debates, constitutional amendments advance

As they pushed through the budget, lawmakers in the state House and Senate also passed bills advancing five contentious constitutional amendments.

  • Declaring abortion is not a protected right is one proposed change. The others: require voter ID; require election audits; expand the General Assembly’s power to reject regulations; join gov and lt. gov on one ticket.

These would all need another floor vote next session, but could go to voters as soon as spring 2023. House Democrats vociferously objected to the late-night moves, but the Republican majority overruled.

Does Philly really have the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel?

The pop-up park at The Oval this year touts the slogan “Philadelphia’s largest outdoor urban oasis.” Also big: the Ferris wheel.

  • Called “The Grand Wheel,” the ride is 108 feet tall, which is impressive. But press releases identified it as the “largest mobile Ferris wheel in the world.”

Emily White looked into that, and — despite the great views it offers of the Art Museum and skyline — found the claim isn’t anywhere close to true.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney, whose father was a firefighter, speaks at the graduation ceremony for 76 new members of the Philadelphia Fire Department (10 a.m.).


? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

? Partner event: City & State’s Diversity Summit invites small biz owners to connect with key agencies, reps, and contractors to get in on the lucrative government procurement process. RSVP here to attend. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14)

? The Philly POPS brings a Christmas in July concert to the Comcast Center plaza, where a youth giveaway of 150 bikes will accompany the free show. (10 a.m. Friday, July 15)

? Popular brass-heavy band Snacktime hosts a release party for their first-ever album, “Sounds From The Street: LIVE!” The Brooklyn Bowl party is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (8 p.m. Friday, July 15)