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2023 mayoral race starts cooking as Green and Parker resign

Philadelphia City Council is now down four members, all of whom resigned with declared or expected intent to run for mayor next year.

Will the empty Council seats get filled before the 2023 election, over a year from now? That’s up to Darrell Clarke, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch explains.

Council President Darrell Clarke in January 2020 Credit: Jared Piper / Philadelphia City Council Flickr

Unity Cup: Liberia heads for title during historic anniversary

Philly’s citywide soccer tournament is peddling through its knockout rounds, and one team could be on the way to becoming five-time champs.

  • Team Liberia has won four Unity Cup PHL championships in the competition’s 7-year history. This year’s matches have extra meaning, as they coincide with the African nation’s bicentennial celebration.

Coach Jayson Waylee spoke with contributor Rashaad Jorden about what the tournament and games mean to the city’s Liberian community.

Team Liberia goes toe-to-toe with Team Mali at Smith Playground during this year’s Unity Cup’s Round of 32 in August, finishing with a 3-2 score Credit: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

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Mayor Kenney is in Quebec for a conference this week. On his social media accounts, he shared an opportunity for community orgs to apply for $16,000 in grants to provide outreach and education on Philadelphia’s municipal labor laws.


? Frankford’s colorful Pause Park is kicking off over a month of free community events this week, starting with free bachata lessons hosted by Controla Dance Company. (6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9)

? The “Misconduct Mile” ~ race ~ stops at each of Misconduct Tavern’s three locations, where runners get a boost from a complimentary beer. Entry is $30, and proceeds benefit CHOP. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10)