Back in October, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced he would sue the Trump administration over a new rule that eased birth control coverage mandates for employers and insurers under the Affordable Care Act. The Trump admin's rollback, which immediately went into effect, allowed large companies to deny covering contraception if they opposed it for moral or religious reasons. Friday, a federal judge in Philly issued an injunction temporarily halting the change until Shapiro's full case was heard, a move Shapiro said would help protect "women's guaranteed access to health coverage."
Just when you thought Philly’s Christmas movie tradition couldn't get any richer than “A Royal Christmas” (aka Princess Hoagiemouth), Hallmark added a new title to the canon. “A Gift to Remember” debuted this year, and it's all about Philadelphia. The main character lives in Northern Liberties! Don't worry, Billy Penn reporter Mark Dent watched the whole thing so you don't have to. Here's his very detailed recap.
So meterUP is back. Sort of. The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s pay-by-phone app relaunched this week in parts of the city after disappearing in April. The PPA is now using a different operator for meterUP, which comes with added costs. Check out how much it'll cost you and where you can use the app — plus read the best parking tweets of the week.
After coming back from 17 down at one point, the Sixers took the Oklahoma City Thunder into triple overtime at home last night, eventually falling by one basket, 119-117. Russell Westbrook — who teased Embiid with a "go home" wave as the final buzzer rang — put on a show for OKC the whole game, coming out with a triple-double, but the Sixers star held his own with 34 points, 12 of them in extra minutes. "He's a hell of a talent," Carmelo Anthony said of Embiid. How often do 3OT games happen? The most recent one was back in March 2015, when the Bucks fell to the Nets. More recently, the Hawks and Knicks went into 4OT last January. There was even one recorded 6OT game, all the way back in 1951.
Philly's favorite funky bi-annual flea market is back at a new location, with 140 vendors (different each day) offering clothing, records, crafts, art and other "punk junk." Admission is good for both days, and there'll be food and coffee for sale. Also, dogs are welcome (!).
Where: Boy’s gym and first floor at Bok at Enter at 9th and Mifflin Streets
When: December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to December 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $3 at the door (12 and under free)
Move over, Sunday gravy. Step aside, raclette baguette at Christmas Village. At this French tavern in Bella Vista, chef Nich Bazik is doing a weekly special of the oozy, melted cheese, baked in a pan with salt-roasted potatoes. It's served with ham, mustards, cornichons and greens in a size meant to share for $17.
Where: The Good King Tavern at 614 S. 7th St., 19147
When: December 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: $17
Bring the kids out for this Pennsport newcomer's inaugural holiday cookie decorating party — supplies are free for the little ones. Also expect a special assortment of hot chocolates and homemade marshmallows on offer.
Where: Herman's Coffee at 1313 S. 3rd St., 19147
When: December 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
It's opening night for "La Bel Kreoll en Fuego," a show by local photographer Edwin Einbender-Luks at this gallery tucked next to the El in Norris Square. Images come from his visit to Cuba's Festival del Caribe, a traditional celebration of dance and folklore.
Where: A Seed on Diamond Gallery at 124 Diamond St., 19122
When: December 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free