Many parents are tempted into buying their kids an adorable baby bunny in celebration of Easter. Problem is, pet rabbits actually take a lot of work — something often not considered when people pick up a cutie as an impulse purchase. And so, every year around this time, once the holiday is over, local rabbit shelters fill up. Delaware County's Luv-N-Bunns estimates around 50 percent of its yearly intake comes from Easter-related returns.
It was New York City where he really blossomed as an actor, but Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. considers himself lucky to have come of age in Philadelphia. That's one of the takeaways from his new memoir, Failing Up. The Tony and Grammy-winning actor was here in his native town last night, signing copies of the book, which came out this week. We snagged an advance copy, and can report that reading it feels like leaning on Odom Jr.'s shoulder. At its conclusion, you'll only be upset that you're not his friend.
The value of Philly taxi medallions has plummeted a jawdropping amount since Uber and Lyft first launched here — from around $545,000 to $80,000, per PMN — but the taxi companies' latest effort to fight back in court was denied this week. A Third Circuit appeals court panel ruled that the ride-sharing giant did not violate antitrust laws. The existence of Lyft services here further prove Uber is not acting as a monopoly, the court said. A cab company lawyer said he wasn't sure what the next step would be.
Good news on the opioids discussion front: It seems not all community forums on Philly’s proposed injection site will devolve into shouting matches. This week's Mayor's Opioid Task Force meeting was held with Kensington and Fairhill neighbors, and unlike last week's gathering in Fox Chase, conversation was measured. But there were still heated arguments put forth. "I am against the CUES," declared one resident, who brought up racial disparity as a reason. On the other side, advocates were just as adamant: "They save people's lives."
It's not too early to start thinking about the 2018 holiday season if your plans include helping Philly's homeless population enjoy it. Local nonprofit Warm Hearts & Homes is hosting a happy hour info session about their upcoming campaign to relieve, restore, and show compassion to the homeless during the winter season.
Where: Bar-ly at 101 N. 11th St., 19107
When: March 30, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Suggested donation $25; RSVP required