Two companies have won the right to set up marijuana growing operations in Southeastern Pennsylvania — and neither facility will be in Philadelphia. State Department of Health officials announced Tuesday that Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania and Franklin Labs have won the two coveted grower/processor licenses allotted for Southeastern PA, and both are expected to set up marijuana growing facilities in Berks County. But don't worry. Our fair city still has a shot at getting legal weed within city limits. Here's what comes next.
Tuesday's City Council hearing marked likely the first time any local government has specifically tackled the subject of middle neighborhoods. Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, who called for the meeting, hopes the city will form a coalition consisting of the private sector and local, state and federal government that would offer solutions for these types of areas, which are stable but at risk of decline and house about 40 percent of the city's population. These are some of the ideas put forth for saving Philly's middle neighborhoods.
"These are not crimes" is how Philly District Attorney Seth Williams' lawyer opened his defense case yesterday. Williams is on trial for, among other things, taking gifts in exchange for official acts as DA and stealing money from his mother. Williams' team says the custom sofa, $45,000 roof and multiple vacations were given out of friendship. Federal prosecutors says Williams "was constantly on the take."
See an aggressive panhandler or other suspicious activity on SEPTA and want to report it? There's (almost) an app for that. SEPTA was all set to launch a new program allowing passengers to report security concerns via a third-party app. Then a lawsuit got in the way. Here's how SEPTA got thrown into a holding pattern with new technology yet again.
This year, the national workshop for writers of color known as VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts) has landed in Philly. Part of the programming includes free faculty readings that are open to the public, including this session celebrating the work of author Samuel R. Delaney, aka Chip, who was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Where: Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall at 3417 Spruce St. 19104
When: June 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP requested
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Wednesday is upon us. If you're not among the growing "ugh, Sips" crowd going to great lengths to avoid the weekly Center City-wide happy hour, then you must be among the "yes, cheap booze" crowd packing into one of these bars. In that case, read on. Because we have a list of this summer's best Center City Sips deals.
Philly leaders keep telling residents they believe the city's chances are good to get the NFL Draft back next year. Even Ron Jaworski said he expected to know by July at the latest. But legislation involving transgender people and the use of public restrooms in Texas may have changed the NFL's timeline, given that Dallas is the front-runner for hosting the draft next season, unless the bathroom bill gets passed. So when will we know? Here's the latest on our waiting game and how the Cowboys stand in the way of Philly's chance to repeat.