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Why did Greyhound move its bus station?

After 35 years, Greyhound moved out of its long-time Filbert Street bus station to a small storefront on Market Street. The swap has led to a dead-end on Cuthbert, and crowds of customers waiting daily on the sidewalk.

It all happened a few years before Greyhound’s lease was up — and the Sixers’ plan to use the property for their arena may have factored in. BP investigative reporter Meir Rinde breaks down what we know.

Passengers waiting for their bus to arrive. The 7th and Market pickup spot is shared by Greyhound, Flixbus, and Peter Pan. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

These chips taste like roast pork — but are they any good?

Korean BBQ wings, a roast pork sandwich, and tomato pie… as potato chips. That’s what Herr’s has done for its latest “Flavored by Philly” contest, which this year spotlights three local businesses. So are they any good?

Billy Penn conducted a taste-test, and reactions to the limited-edition snacks were decidedly mixed. BP reporter Asha Prihar has a recap of our reactions

Herr’s has a new contest going to choose the best “Flavored by Philly” variation. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Five days past deadline, Pennsylvania is closer to having a budget — but it’s not over yet. Gov. Shapiro convinced House Dems to pass the $45.5B spending plan by pledging to line-item veto his own $100M school voucher proposal. Senate Republicans cried foul, saying the gov “decided to betray” their agreement. Leaders from both chambers still have to sign off on the legislation before it lands on Shapiro’s desk. [AP/Chalkbeat/Spotlight PA]

• Two days after a shooter used a ghost gun to kill five people in Southwest Philadelphia, the city announced it’s suing two manufacturers who provide parts for the DIY firearms, which are impossible to trace. [BP/WHYY] 

• With 1 of 5 municipal jobs unfilled, Philadelphia will likely spend a record amount on overtime pay this year — more than a quarter of a billion dollars. [Inquirer/@billy_penn]

• After she withheld a diploma from a student who danced across the stage at graduation, the principal of Girls’ High has been replaced, at least temporarily. [KYW]

• An archive of 130,000 artifacts of Philly history has been hidden away since the Atwater Kent museum shut down five years ago. Now a small exhibit at PAFA is finally showing a few of the collection’s photos, maps, and paintings. [WHYY x 2]

• What’s Center City Sips like this year? The BP team decided to find out. After navigating through one of the hotspots and landing at a slightly calmer bar, we continued on — and ended up at a poetry reading. [Billy Penn]


Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. On social media yesterday he highlighted that businesses impacted by the I-95 collapse and closure can apply for financial assistance in various ways. Details here.


🍺 BP Quizzo Live is on North American Street this month! Join us for a night of Philly news and history trivia at Punch Buggy Brewing Co. Expect $5 pours, discounted nachos from Puerco Loco, and a $50 gift card for the winning team. Free with RSVP, see you there. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12)

🛍️ The Oval returns to the Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend, with food, drink, music, and Now + Then Marketplace craft and vintage vendors. (12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8)