Lawmakers voted 105-84 Tuesday in favor of changing how wine and spirits are sold in Pennsylvania, approving a privatized model and expanding where booze will be available for purchase. More grocery stores will be able to sell wine and retailers will be able to buy wine from private brokers. As we reported earlier this month, there could be as many as 2,000 new liquor stores in the state. Here's an updated list of some of the groceries already selling wine in Philly. And spirits are coming. For more, go here and click follow this to get updates right to your inbox.
The NFL Draft officially starts Thursday and the city is ready. Sort of! There's still no hard math showing the projected $80 million economic boost for Philadelphia and as of yesterday, progress on the Parkway looked ... slow. Here's the latest:
- We went behind-the-scenes of the NFL's elaborate draft set-up. There's a fake Art Museum facade. Also, toilets for miles.
- We get A TON of #NFLDraft PR pitches. From free soup to saving butterflies, here are some of the...best?
- Know anyone who still needs a place to stay? Check out these available hotels and Airbnbs (careful, the prices fluctuate).
- If you're actually paying attention to the football of it all, peep the history of the Eagles in the first round.
- The guy many project the Eagles to take won't be in Philly after he was accused of rape. No charges were filed.
- Can't resist messing with the Cowboys fans you know? Send 'em this list of things to do while they're in town.
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Classrooms that were half empty a decade ago in South Philadelphia's public schools are now bursting at the seams. Take Andrew Jackson Elementary. Its new playground and influx in donations come from nearby developers and major local corporations. Growth at the school — and across the region — is due in part to gentrification. But immigration is also a major contributing factor. Whatever the source, South Philly schools are now trying to figure out how to accommodate their rapid growth.
It seems less and less likely President Donald Trump will be able to withhold any federal funding from Philadelphia over its sanctuary city status. Yesterday, a federal judge blocked Trump's executive order seeking to punish sanctuary cities, and AG Jeff Sessions told several mayors the definition of a sanctuary city for any policy would be narrow. Here are the details behind the decisions.
Join us at Northern Liberties' coolest bowling alley to celebrate 2 years of Billy Penn, plus the 350 people we've named to our Who's Next lists. Your ticket includes unlimited bowling, billiards, food (pizza, tots, sliders, mac-n-cheese, probably something healthy), beer and wine. A DJ will spin, there's a Lyft discount code and the swag bags are seriously overflowing with good stuff.
Where: North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: April 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $35
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Beginning at 11 a.m. today, you can pay $30 and have Uber and the PSPCA come to your office with (adoptable!) puppies. The effort raises money for the PSCPCA and is the fourth time Uber’s partnered with the group in this way. Uber users in Center City, Old City, the Navy Yard, University City and Northern Liberties can take part. Here are photos of some of the actual puppers that you could play with, along with directions for how to get one.
If you've been fretting over reports that Pizzeria Beddia will shut down after its lease runs out next year, here's some good news: Joe Beddia — and his pie prowess — will still be around. "There will be pizza in Philadelphia in some form or another that I am associated with,” the pizzaiolo told Bon Appetit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton at a Free Library event this week.