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After nearly a full year of the beverage tax, numbers filling the scorecard for Philly’s hyped soda tax would also include 2,000 pre-K seats, dozens of layoffs and unfilled vacancies for local distribution-related jobs, $66 million in revenue and more than $5 million spent on ads by pro and anti-tax forces. These figures tell of an imperfect result — and a continuing fight. This where the soda tax stands after a year and where it’s going.
Antonio McCall has been involved in scouting since he was just 14 years old. He followed his step-brother one day to a scout meeting at Wayland Temple Baptist Church in at 25th and Cecil B. Moore and never left. He's now 31 and the scoutmaster for Troop 98, working to keep kids involved in community service. Read McCall's story about what keeps him involved.
Last night was the first night of Hanukkah, which makes today the first day of Chanukah. Confused? We are too, so we sought to find an answer: How does Philly spell the Festival of Lights? Read our surprisingly in-depth look at how the word has been Americanized, including how prominent local luminaries spell the holiday. If you think this is easy, you're wrong. Abe Fisher's Twitter feed spelled it one way, but Zahav's spelled it another. Ed Rendell spelled it one way, but Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz spelled it another! (Yes, we asked both.) Here's our story on how to spell Hanukkah, and also Chanukah, in Philly. Oy vey!
Ben Franklin Circles is a monthly learning and discussion group based on Franklin’s Junto, the mutual improvement club he ran for over 40 years. They've been held in NYC for years, but are finally coming to Philly thanks to a partnership with the 92nd Street Y. If you're interesting in talking about how to improve yourself, your city, and your world in an intentional and constructive way, this is the event for you.
Where: The Library Company of Philadelphia at 1314 Locust St., 19107
When: December 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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There's no such thing as a bad fried potato — fries, chips, wedges, tots — but latkes are definitely one of the best ways to scarf 'em down. Happily, it's Hanukkah (and Chanukah) season, which means the traditional Jewish potato pancakes are being offered at even more places than usual. From everyday classic favorites to special pairings with vodka or beer, here's where to get your latke fix in Philly.
It's college football bowl season, which means Temple football is gearing up for the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl — real name, we swear it — in St. Petersburg, Florida next week. Bowl season comes with all the fanfare of the national championship, but for the other 80 or so schools who aren't in the playoffs, the bowl games mean very little, outside of a trophy to bring home and tons of swag. So what does Temple get? We ran through their bowl swag haul, and how it compares to other games this year. No, college football players don't get paid in a billion dollar business, but they do get neck pillows! Seriously, they get neck pillows.