A pair of court decisions yesterday means the recent revamp of Pennsylvania congressional districts will be in effect for the 2018 elections. Republicans had challenged the new map, which was drawn up by the Pa. Supreme Court to get rid of gerrymandering, in every way possible. But on Monday, both GOP-led efforts were denied. The U.S. Supreme Court denied to issue a "stay" of the new map, and a separate panel of federal judges refused to rule on its constitutionality. Pundits think the new map will give Dems the chance to gain at least two House seats in Pa.
It was May 21, 1796, when a slave named Oney Judge escaped from George and Martha Washington's residence in Philadelphia. She was only 20 years old, but she never looked back, and eventually settled in New Hampshire and had a family. That didn't stop America's first president from avidly pursuing her capture. The full story only came to light recently, during planning for the President's House exhibit at Independence National Historical Park. In honor of Women's History Month, we took the opportunity to tell it again.
Weeks after Black Panther first mesmerized audiences, the world is still buzzing over the Marvel movie. Its blend of modern political intrigue and reimagined ancient African rituals may be new for Hollywood, but it's long been one of the defining characteristics of as Afrofuturism. In the first of a series on this creative movement, writer Alex Smith runs down eight works to read, watch or listen to that follow in the same vein. If you can't wait for the Black Panther sequel, here's what to get into next.
Mayor Jim Kenney is set to soon appoint a nine-member board to oversee the School District of Philadelphia. It's the first time the city will have local control over the district in 16 years, thanks to the dissolution of the state-led School Reform Commission. But will this new panel really reflect the voice of the people who fought for it? In an opinion piece, local educator and community leader Isaiah Thomas argues that it won't — and that it's not too late to consider a different way of picking board members.
The Trestle's Inn's sixth annual Bourbon Battle benefits Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and gives local bartenders a chance to show off their whiskey chops. Tickets include four cocktails, complimentary snacks, drink deals throughout the night and a straight $25 donation to the animal rescue nonprofit.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St., 19107
When: March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35