As some city officials tout their successes so far in reducing the average daily inmate population by 18 percent in the last two years, others are wondering what the population reduction means for the bottom line of a department that spends well over a quarter billion dollars a year of taxpayer money. Here’s the short answer: The Department of Prisons doesn’t have an estimate of how much money it'll save by serving 34 percent fewer inmates. And there are no plans — at least publicly — to cut costs in the coming years as a result of the reduction in the number of inmates.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says the GOP’s healthcare plan could devastate already cash-strapped public schools that receive Medicaid reimbursements for programs benefiting poor children and students with disabilities. Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat who has been outspoken on social media against the plan, tweeted last week: "The GOP health care proposal would slash more than $135 million in federal funding available to PA schools." But Casey didn’t specify in the tweet where that number came from, and Republican officials say their bill doesn’t target vulnerable populations like children with disabilities. So what’s the deal?
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Philly this fall. And there’s a way you can see her. Obama will “participate in a conversation” at this year’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women, a large conference taking place Oct. 3 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event is expected to draw some 10,000 attendees. The full conference agenda hasn’t yet been released, so it’s unclear what exactly the former First Lady will be speaking about. But here's information on how to register.
Look, we're stretching the thinnest we can to be positive about the Phillies right now, but here we are. Pat Neshek, the Phils' lone participant in last night's All-Star Game in Miami, didn't embarrass the city on a national stage. Huzzah! He took the mound for the NL in the second inning and gave up just one hit, thanks in part to this iconic diving catch by Nationals superstar Bryce Harper and his wonderfully coiffed mane. Yesterday we gave reasons why Philly fans should watch the ASG, and talked about how Neshek needs to be traded before the deadline. He might not be the only Phillies player traded by September, so the watch is on for who'll be gone.
Ronald Reagan was president when director John Carpenter released this now-cult classic horror/sci-fi flick about how American elites are exploiting the system to push lower classes down and grow their personal wealth. Thirty years later, when economic inequality is worse than ever, the movie's worth a rewatch.
Where: Lightbox Film Center at 3701 Chestnut St. 19104
When: July 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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Philadelphia will likely never have another dumpster pool again. So if you wanna swim in a rented trash bin, go to Brussels. Not only can you cool off in the Belgian dumpster, but the city actually wants people to do it. It's the only public pool in Brussels. Deadspin has all the details.
North Philly has a new font, and this one pays homage to the city section, instead of disparaging it. Back in February, an ad agency unveiled a bunch of fonts inspired by Philly neighborhoods, including a North Philly typeface made to look like abandoned homes with boarded up windows. It didn't go over well, to say the very least. Check out this new North Philly font from a local designer who wanted to right the agency's wrong.