The last two weeks have been pretty miserable for Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the Philadelphia politician who’s been accused of — along with his wife, Tonya — mistreating state employees and using taxpayer dollars to cover questionable expenses. Since April 10, there’s been a steady drumbeat of bad headlines revolving around Stack, the former state senator from Northeast Philly. It would be understandable if you’ve missed a step or two in the saga, so here’s a breakdown of what’s come out so far.
Sugary beverage tax collections increased in Philadelphia this month by nearly a million dollars compared to the previous month. So far, the city has received $7 million in collections for the month of March for the three-month-old sugar-sweetened beverage tax. Those taxes were due April 20. That’s well over the $5.9 million revenue collected in February following the first month of the soda tax, and also an increase over the $6.2 million collected in March following the second month. Here's a breakdown of the tax collections.
After the huge 'pot party' raid this past weekend, where 50 pounds of weed, guns and 100 pounds of THC-laced candy were confiscated by police, leading to more than 20 people taken into custody, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney took a stand on all this illicit pot business. Legalize it. "The real solution to this is legalizing it in the state of Pennsylvania as they did in Colorado," Kenney said Monday. "We won’t have to use police resources in these kinds of activities and actions." Kenney said he doesn't micromanage the police and that the location and amount of drugs called for attention, but suggested the raid, "might have been a little overkill."
Terra Luna Herbals founder Elise Hanks and Honeypie Cooking owner Shayna Marmar will explore multiple holistic and culinary uses of herbs during this patio dinner. All three courses use lots of herbs — sage-chocolate cake, anyone? — and all of them are vegan. Tickets available online.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 191125
When: April 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35
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We wanted to introduce those NFL Draft-goers who might be new in town to the Philadelphia bar scene by breaking down some of the city’s watering holes by team. For example: The Patriots are Howl at the Moon. The Cowboys are Chickie's and Pete's. Here you’ll find every team in the NFL, along with the bar (or other establishment) we think best represents that team. Oh, and if you're in town and in the mood for actual food and drink deals, check out our growing list of local places (and brands) offering NFL Draft-related specials this week.
Pinching pennies as we head into the summer months? You are not alone. So we scanned through Philly Groupon to find some of the best deals in the city right now, and we’ll do it regularly so you’ll never have to miss a cheap pole dancing class or a Bryan Adams concert (yes, really). Here are 10 of the best deals on Groupon in Philly right now.
Marigold Kitchen co-chefs and co-owners Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza are hard at work opening Talk, their first Center City restaurant that’s potentially the first of many, but they’re still continuing to focus on their original dining room. They just released a new spring menu for the West Philly BYOB, and the dishes — which represent a whole day’s worth of food, from breakfast through dinner and dessert — are almost too pretty to eat.