It started snowing earlier this morning, and the National Weather Service expects Philly to see up to two inches per hour until 11 a.m. The NWS is forecasting between four and six inches. Schools are closed, and SEPTA is already expecting delays. Mayor Jim Kenney is scheduled to hold a press conference at noon to update the city on the storm. Also: Listen up because there's a possibility of thunder snow, too.
State Sen. Lisa Baker is a Republican from Northeast Pennsylvania who knows well the pain that comes along with losing a pregnancy. Baker, a mother of one son, stood on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate Wednesday and told her own story of delivering a stillborn daughter. The debate was about Senate Bill 3, a controversial abortion bill poised to pass through the Pennsylvania legislature without a public hearing or testimony from the medical community. Despite her emotional story and a motion to move the bill back to committee, the bill passed the Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 32-18 Wednesday. Here’s a breakdown of what the bill does, what comes next and the best ways to have your voice heard.
For the last several months, it seems like something has been wrong with SEPTA nearly every day. The cracks in the El cars came about seven months after cracks were discovered in Regional Rail vehicles, leading to crowded trains and delays for weeks. In November, buses, trolleys and subways were closed altogether because of a strike. All of those issues have come after the years-long delayed rollout of SEPTA Key, which has still not become widely available. Is this normal for a big-city transit agency? Or are SEPTA’s many issues unique, a product of its system and choices made over the last several years?
Acclaimed Brooklyn-based band Los Hacheros, whose sound draws upon son, charanga, salsa and Puerto Rican bomba, has been called "modern day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music." Register in advance to see them perform in West Philly for free.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: February 9, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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Philly has made a lot of black history. Nearly 690,000 African Americans live in the city. With this large and longstanding community, there’s no shortage of institutions to honor and stars to remember during Black History Month. So if you want to get a strong grasp of this history, what books should you read? We reached out to several experts and researchers. Many recommended the same works; others pointed to tomes of which we’d never heard. Out of dozens of suggestions, we’ve narrowed that list down to 13. (It was hard.) You may not have been able to take a class on Philly Black History in college, so here’s that syllabus.
If you’d like to order the “Wiz Wit,” Ubiq, the Philly men’s urban fashion brand, has specific instructions. Or perhaps it’s better to say had. In less than two weeks, their “Wiz Wit” sneaker has nearly sold out. Created through a collab with Italian sports apparel brand Diadora, this spin on the N.9000 sneaker pays tribute to cheesesteaks. The shoe retails for $200 and maybe a handful are left, available at their Walnut Street store and their DC location. Kelton Bumgarner, creative manager at Ubiq, is glad the cheesesteak sneaks are finally a real item: “Being in Philly, we always wanted to do this very Philly thing.”