Pa. Senate votes to ban injection sites, as city unveils new plan
The Pa. Senate approved a ban on supervised injection sites, per the AP, voting 41-9 in favor of a bill introduced by Philly Sen. Tartaglione, whose district includes Kensington. The legislation now goes to the House.
- Philadelphia nearly became the first U.S. city with such a site, which advocates say help avoid overdose deaths, but lawsuits forced the Rendell-backed Safehouse nonprofit to pull back. A settlement is pending.
The city’s new plan to combat the opioid epidemic, rolled out last week, does not include an injection site. It does include a mobile methadone clinic — the majority of ODs don’t happen in Kensington — and a strategy dubbed “Drug Market Intervention” to break up open air drug markets, per KYW.
The most famous Philadelphians lost on the Titanic
One hundred and eleven years ago this spring, the world was learning the names of the 1,500+ people who died aboard the Titanic.
- Among them were people from Philadelphia — including two members of one of Philly’s most prominent families, whose name is all over the city today and whose descendants once owned the Sixers.
In the latest “Headlines of Yore,” Avi Wolfman-Arent traces the storyline of the Wideners, a late 19th century power couple who took the fateful trip.
RECAP: What else happened?
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• The first bill signing of Gov. Shapiro’s administration makes it mandatory for health insurance to fully cover breast cancer screenings for women at high risk. [Spotlight PA]
• Unionized drivers, sales and marketing employees, and warehouse and production workers at Northeast Philly’s Liberty Coca-Cola are moving into the third week of their strike. [6ABC]
• Asbestos closed Frankford High School in early April, but that didn’t keep students from pulling off their production of “In the Heights” last week. [Chalkbeat]
• Volunteers built a colorful and educational community garden at SEPTA’s Highland Station, and have another planned for Chestnut Hill West. [Chestnut Hill Local$]
• Bryce Harper has been cleared to rejoin the Phillies lineup post elbow surgery — two months early. Whether he’s actually human is still up for debate. [NBC10/MLB]
• After hyping up fans with a City Hall t-shirt toss yesterday, the Embiid-less Sixers delivered an upset win over Boston to take Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1. Was it Harden’s “JawNCO” shorts? [@billy_penn/NBA/Crossing Broad]
The School District of Philadelphia makes its annual budget presentation to City Council and the Board of Education in a virtual committee hearing, with Mayor Kenney in attendance (10 a.m.). You can watch on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40, or City Council’s website.
ON THE CALENDAR
⚾ Billy Penn Phillies tailgate! Join us and the crew from the Hittin’ Season podcast at Citizens Bank Park for an afternoon tailgate with free hoagies from Nipotina, pizza from Slice, and beer from Evil Genius, plus a chance to be on the pod. We’ll be in M-N, aka the Jetro lot. RSVP to let us know you’ll be there. (3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6)
👒 The historic Woodford Mansion in Fairmount Park hosts its annual Kentucky Derby party, where fancy hats are welcome and mint juleps with Manatawny Still Works whiskey flow. Entry is $35, or go all-inclusive for $65. (4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6)
🍹 Or hit up the Kentucky Derby party hosted on the Cira Green rooftop by Sunset Social, where your $59 ticket includes access to a VIP tent and passed hors d’oeuvres. (6 to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 6)
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