Philadelphia’s sugary beverage tax went into effect this week, and people are finally starting to realize that buying soda in the city of Philadelphia is now going to be more expensive than it was last year. Think you know the law? Take our quiz to see if you know what is and isn’t taxed under the sugary-sweetened beverage tax.
An undisclosed number of Philadelphia police officers will work security in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The Department says the selected officers volunteered to work. Philly PD has done this in the past— it’s commonplace for cities surrounding D.C. to send officers to the city for large events like an inauguration. Here's what we know about the detail and who else is going from Philly.
The city of Philadelphia is expected to generate about $50 million this fiscal year through its two-year-old cigarette tax — that’s about $26 million short of original projections, according to a report released yesterday by the City Controller. The $2-per-pack cigarette tax in the city of Philadelphia is used to fund the School District of Philadelphia, and when it was implemented, the city estimated it would bring in $75.1 million in fiscal year 2017. Why were projections that much higher than the actual numbers? Here's some analysis plus more findings from the report.
In this Mike Judge flick, the future US has been dumbed down so much that a dorky average guy (Luke Wilson) is the smartest dude around — so they make him president. It's fiction, of course, but also pretty incisive commentary.
Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St. 19148
When: January 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $3 admission
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The Sixers won their ninth game last year on March 11, the 65th game of the season. It took until January this year, sure, but the Sixers secured win No. 9 in just their 33rd game this season. Four days into the new year, the Sixers are already at the threshold of matching last year’s win total. Still, the team should have more wins this year. Here's a look at what's clicking and not clicking with the young roster.
This time, prom will be way different. XPN's The Key reports that Indie Pop Prom, a concert where guests can score discounted admission if they come all dressed up, will have its first-ever Philly edition this winter after four years in Brooklyn. With a five-band lineup of mostly local acts, The Key is deeming it "the perfect post-Valentine’s hang for all the lonelyhearts of the Philly house show scene." Indie Pop Prom will take place on Feb. 24 at the First Unitarian Church, with proceeds going to breast cancer charity The Pink Fund.