Politics is the main driver of the fight over Pennsylvania's congressional district map, which was thrown out as unconstitutional by the state court for being too gerrymandered and is now mired in partisan back-and-forth. But the reason the controversy has gone this far extends beyond politics. It comes down to math. Here's how three teams of mathematicians harnessed computing power to prove the map was biased.
Do we really need more pizza in Philadelphia? For the owners of Metropolitan Bakery, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall, the answer was a definite yes. And people who've tasted the result so far agree. Baked in a rotating stone oven from Italy and made with heritage wheat dough and roasted tomato sauce, the Metro pies are different from anything else in the area.
Pennsylvania saw an 81 percent increase in opioid overdose-related emergency room visit last year, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That ranks as the third highest increase in overdose ER visits among 16 states that were included in the CDC study. To help combat the creeping numbers, the federal agency did recommended some solutions: more naloxone, more treatment and more harm reduction programs. Here's a summary of findings from the CDC report.
North Philly residents and members of the "Stadium Stompers" community group shut down a presentation last night by Temple President Richard Englert. Englert got about 10 minutes into his speech about the university's proposed 35,000-seat, $130 million stadium on North Broad, according to PMN, before he was drowned out by shouts, and the meeting ended within 45 minutes after it began. Protesters have been fighting against the project for months, on claims that it will encourage gentrification and inconvenience or displace longtime residents. The Stompers held their own packed town hall on the topic last week.
The Rail Park is inching closer to reality, and this fundraiser has a very specific goal: to raise enough money to turn the historic rail car at Broad and Noble into the park's official headquarters. A live concert will feature Soulection artist Sango, crooner Xavier Omär, Atlanta songstress Bosco, and Philly’s own DJs Sylo, Lean Wit It and Hvnlee. Tix to the fancy cocktial party before the show run $125, but the show itself is just $20 per person.
Where: Voyeur Nightclub at 1221 James St., 19107
When: March 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $20 for the concert