The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and change the American healthcare system as we know it. Of Pennsylvania’s 18-person congressional delegation, four out of the state’s 13 Republicans voted “no,” along with five “no” votes from the Democrats. That left nine Republicans from Pennsylvania voting in favor of the legislation. Here’s a breakdown of every Pennsylvania representative and how he voted.
The city is supposed to have enough solar capacity to power 20,000 homes by 2025, per a goal set in 2014. But it's not going so well. Right now we have enough solar capacity for perhaps 2,000, just twice as much as we had when the goal was set. Philly needs to start increasing its solar capacity tenfold compared to what it's been doing to get near the ambitious goal, and Harrisburg isn't exactly helping.
Drop ceilings, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and wood paneling are basically a given when you're touring an older Philly house. Expect a basement kitchen if you're in South Philly, and Mickey Mouse home decor if a woman over 40 lives there (seriously, why?). But that's not all! A bunch of Philly real estate agents shared their horror stories with Philly.com — from nude tenants, to guns on the tables to dead animals on the (original!) hardwood floors.
The Eagles got through the start of free agency and the NFL Draft addressing some very pressing needs to their roster (thanks Chip Kelly!) but other than taking Donnel Pumphrey in the 4th round, they've yet to address the situation at running back. We took a look at what the Eagles have, and if teams can win without a top running back. They'll need someone — maybe Ryan Mathews will stay — but is the lack of an every-down back cause for concern?
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A lot has changed on Lancaster Avenue in recent years, and this installment of the "Jane's Walk" series will tackle physical changes to the avenue, as well as the unseen effects of developments.
Where: Lancaster Avenue at 36th Street between Market and Filbert 19104
When: May 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Did you know: Back in 1983, the Choco Taco was invented in Philadelphia. Today, the ingenious mashup gets an upgrade. As a new riff on her partner chef Marcie Turney's infamous budino dessert, Valerie Safran came up with the idea to create a frozen salted caramel budino stuffed Choco Taco. It's available for $6.50, starting at 11 a.m. at the upstairs space above Barbuzzo, but we got our hands on a few for a sneak preview taste test.
The Philadelphia Art Book Fair kicks off today. What started as a smaller, photography-focused book festival has grown into an event with more than 75 exhibitors spanning varying art forms. We asked the event's organizers to share the books on-sale that they're really excited about. Here are their staff picks.