The new February continues, y'all. You might see a little fog on your commute and need a sweater but after that we're in the clear. Philly's looking at about 70 with some sun this afternoon. Maybe it'll never get cold again.
In the first month of its existence, Philadelphia’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax brought in at least $5.7 million, according to preliminary figures released this morning by the city’s revenue department. The city stressed in a release that the collection — which hasn’t been fully processed and is likely to increase — comes in at more than double a projection of $2.3 million included in a quarterly city manager’s report. However, it is below the average of $7.6 million a month the tax would need to make in order to generate a yearly projection of $91 million.
A political feud got more heated yesterday when State Sen. John Eichelberger said he’d been “the victim of a fake news story” and specifically called out a Philadelphia lawmaker after he came under fire this week for comments about “inner-city” students. Eichelberger was earlier critical of inner city schools in a Central PA newspaper article, leading Hughes to say his comments reflected a racist viewpoint. That caused Eichelberger to go the "fake news" route, and another response from Hughes followed: "Sounds like he went to Trump 101." Read more about the spat here.
Author and religious commentator Reza Aslan, best known for "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," will be at the Penn Museum discussing Islam and how it can be defended from discrimination.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South Street
When: February 23, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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In Philadelphia, everybody knows about the success of Center City and the adjacent areas. And though poverty continues to linger, local programs and federal funding are employed in the city’s most troubled locations. But what about those in the middle? The neighborhoods doing…pretty well? Community development experts Paul Brophy and Ira Goldstein call them "middle neighborhoods" and say they're at risk in the city. They are places like Rhawnhurst, West Oak Lane and Logan. They want Philadelphia politicians to better help these areas in which nearly a majority of residents live.
Uber announced Wednesday it’s partnering with La Salle University to offer discounted rates and a special app integration for students. Now through March 7, La Salle students (undergrads and graduates) will have access to $1.99 uberPOOL flat fares to and from the Olney SEPTA station along the Broad Street Line. For those keeping track at home, that’s a $1.99 flat fare to go less than a mile. It could be just the first of similar college partnerships in Philly for the ridesharing giant.