Opponents of Philadelphia’s soda tax might have another chance to fight it in court. This time, it’d take place in the highest court in the state. The American Beverage Association and a number of other organizations and individuals who opposed Philadelphia’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax have appealed their lawsuit against the city to the state Supreme Court, court records show. It remains unclear whether or not the court will accept the case. Here are the details, and what comes next.
The news rolled in earlier this month, for the 460th time since 1985: A Pennsylvania death row inmate had received an execution notice or warrant. This time it was for Philadelphia murderer Omar Sharif Cash, and like 457 men who’ve come before him he will almost certainly never be put to death. Cash could get a reprieve for several reasons, the best-known likely being Gov. Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium. But long before it comes to that, the execution notice signed for Cash will likely be stayed, amounting to what one of the country’s foremost death penalty opponents considers a waste of time. Here's how Pennsylvania has been filing warrants since 1995 that aren't "worth the paper they're printed on."
Developer Ori Feibush filed a federal lawsuit against City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, accusing him once again of interfering with Feibush’s real estate business in Point Breeze. This time it has to do with a now-infamous vacant lot Feibush cleaned up years ago, and Johnson allegedly using his power to award it and other properties to a donor in a deal with the Philadelphia Land Bank gone wrong. Read more about their feud, and why Feibush's lawsuit contends the councilman has a vendetta against him.
If you were ever writing a Philly horror story, this is how it'd start: Thousands of cockroaches started crawling out of a manhole at the intersection of Salmon and Plum Streets in Bridesburg Sunday night and, per NBC Philly, "they haven't stopped since." One resident said there were so many roaches they couldn't see the street below them. Then some started flying. The city's Water Department plans to check the manhole and clean the inlet today. A rep told NBC food and trash sometimes gets caught and attracts the bugs.
This spring, Philadelphia 3.0 hosted a series of well-attended sessions titled "Get Mad, Then Get Elected." It's summer and not too much is going on with re: local politics right now, so the progressive PAC is hosting an informal happy hour. Bring friends from the neighborhood, and meet other people who want to get more involved.
Where: Bok Bar at 1901 S. 9th St. 19148
When: July 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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The Philadelphia Streets Department posted a video Monday with an important public service announcement: Pizza boxes covered in grease are not recyclable. Only grease-free boxes can be put into recycling. The department has a full list of items Philly residents cannot recycle, including things like food waste, used tissues, paper towels and napkins, light bulbs and cassette tapes — VHS and audio — in case you've recently gone back to the '80s in a time machine you made out of greasy pizza boxes. Recycling!
Horace Timmons, a North Philly basketball coach, wants your shoes. He told Fox 29 he believes a good pair of sneakers can help fulfill a kid's dreams, and something as simple as sub-par footwear can set a kid back on the playground, which can become a big disadvantage in school. Timmons and other community leaders are hoping to collect donations of 100 pairs of sneakers, football cleats and other athletic shoes, sizes 8-14, for the athletic teams at Dobbins High School this fall. "Good sneaks and a fresh haircut makes a kid feel like new money." Here's how to help.