While Washington is mired in the ongoing healthcare fight, Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to tell transgender Americans they are no longer welcome in the military. The string of tweets have been resoundingly denounced by members of the military and politicians on both sides of the aisle. While both of PA's Senators have remained silent on the topic — focused on their ongoing healthcare talking points — Gov. Tom Wolf went back at POTUS, calling him "dead wrong" and saying, "Our security is too important to ban any qualified Americans from serving in our military. We should honor, not reject, their sacrifice." Follow along with Billy Penn as the reactions continue to come in.
Philadelphia officials are reviewing new federal guidelines that could strip the city of some funding because of its sanctuary city policy. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo Tuesday detailing new regulations for cities that apply for certain Department of Justice grants that provide funding to law enforcement agencies. Over the last three years, the City of Philadelphia has received $5.1 million as part of the grant program, with $1.67 million of that coming in FY 16. Here's how Sessions' most recent memo could impact Philly.
Feel like you're seeing a lot more dogs these days? The city has the numbers to back that up. The number of dog licenses in Philly tripled between 2012 and 2015. Adoptions from the Animal Care & Control Team have gone up, too. Gentrification plays a big role. There are more dogs in the neighborhoods where millennial population has grown. In Point Breeze alone, the number of dog licenses went from 55 in 2012 to 344 in 2015. But with the dogs comes poop. And demand for space.
The Phillies won 9-0 last night in Aaron Nola's best outing of his career. Before the game all the talk was about Odubel Herrera, who was unofficially benched after his lack of effort. As we wrote yesterday, Herrera isn't getting traded, but Pat Neshek was! The All-Star reliever was dealt to Colorado for three players during last night's game. The Eagles also made some big moves, trading starting OL Allen Barbre to Denver (rather than cutting him) while releasing former first-rounder Marcus Smith. Meanwhile, the Union beat Columbus 3-0 on Pride Night, but a PK controversy still had fans and media very upset. And the Sixers...they're making cartoons on Instagram. It was a full day.
At some point, the artists behind your favorite Philly murals were in school learning how to create. You can help support kids just like them at the "We All Start Somewhere" fundraiser. You can help by donating art supplies or purchasing stuff from the artists.
Where: Tattooed Mom at 530 South St. 19107
When: July 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to July 29, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Donate/pay as you go
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The most important thing about the rowhome that collapsed unexpectedly in West Philly Wednesday morning: No people were hurt. Even better: The cat that residents said alerted them to the pending fall — and who went missing for around 6 hours after the incident — has been found safe and sound thanks to the Red Paw Relief Emergency Team. L&I is investigating the cause of the collapse, but one thing is sure: The Steve Powers "Love Letters" mural that emblazoned its side is gone. Here's how Red Paw rescued Baxter, and more on Mural Arts' plans.
Philadelphia has over the years become a hotbed for the communications industry, playing host to dozens of major agencies, small firms and everything in between. And in many ways, it’s young people who are the workhorses. For this month's Who's Next, we’re highlighting some of the city’s most dynamic advertising, public relations and marketing professionals based on nominations provided by their coworkers and peers. So now, meet the 19 young people who are the next great communicators in Philadelphia.