Early declines in beverage sales have brought concern to owners of Philadelphia’s approximate 1,500 corner stores. “From Jan. 1, it’s been completely dead,” said Mohammad Alqtaishat, owner at Roxborough’s M&M Market. “I’m not making money at all.” The typical corner store gets about 25 percent of its overall revenue from drink sales. From selling beer to increasing supplies of food, here's what owners are doing to make up for what they anticipate will be significant losses.
In the alternate world where Hillary Clinton won against Donald Trump, many people thought former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter would have landed a cabinet position. That probably wasn’t the case, according to political reporter Mike Allen at Axios. Tuesday, the former Politico scooper released a “Ghost Cabinet,” a list of names for cabinet spots cobbled together from interviews with insiders. Allen notes that by Election Day “her roster was so refined that most jobs had just one name.” And Nutter, despite supporting Clinton since 2008, didn’t make the list.
As Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was being grilled by his Senate colleagues Tuesday in Washington during a confirmation hearing for Attorney General, lawyers in Philadelphia were on the record with serious concerns about his fitness for the office. In a resolution passed by the 12,000-member association in mid-December, the lawyers wrote that “absent complete and satisfactory explanations from Senator Sessions” on a variety of items they take issue with, “the Philadelphia Bar Association urges all members of the United States Senate to vote against the confirmation of Senator Sessions as United States Attorney General.” Leaders with the Philadelphia Bar Association say they believe they were the first bar association in the country to formally express concerns about Sessions’ nomination.
What happens when a theoretical physicist and a beekeeper meet and fall in love? In the play "Constellations" it means that spacetime gets warped — in the most interesting ways. The theater is running a special of $25 tix for the first two weeks of performances.
Where: Wilma Theater at 265 S. Broad St. 19107
When: January 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to January 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25
Billy Penn Likes
Thanks to a federal grant, Philadelphia will get 16 new Indego bike stations. The announcement was made yesterday as part of a $33 million effort to support 51 total transportation projects in Pennsylvania. The Indego additions aren't the only good news for Philly bikers. The city is also getting infrastructure to make 17 miles worth of bike lanes protected and a 12-foot wide trail along the Delaware between Magee and Princeton avenues.
Pat Toomey is set for another year as the Senate’s candy man, meaning he has the esteemed privilege of filling his or her drawer with sweets. Now, when it comes to candy, no state can really flex like ours. We’ve long been the leading state in the confectionery industry, accounting for more than one seventh of the industry’s earnings in the US, per National Confectioners Association data. So, what does Toomey, the candy man, take to the Senate Chamber? His spokeswoman E.R. Anderson gave Billy Penn a rundown of what’s in the desk right now.