President Donald Trump yesterday announced plans to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — a government program to support people who came to the United States as children. At the same time, Philly supporters of DACA marched through Old City. Latinx community organization Juntos organized the event, which included speeches from politicians and those directly supported through DACA. Their message was clear: "Aquí estamos y nos quedados (here we are and here we stay)."
The former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. is West Philadelphia’s abandoned landmark. The 325,000 sq. ft. building at the corner of 46th and Market streets sits on a 15-acre plot of land and stands at a hulking six stories. But it's been abandoned for a long time, and neighborhood leaders are concerned about its future after the city pulled the plug on a plan to re-locate the police headquarters there. What happens next with the building is still unclear. What's obvious is that the community wants a say -- and they're willing to fight for it.
How many passes will Carson Wentz throw this year? Last season the rookie tossed a team record 607, and whether he's asked to throw more may go a long way in answering the question of how good the Eagles will be. We asked that and 6 other questions leading up to the season opener, doing our best to provide answers as the Birds get ready for the 2017 campaign. What will the team's record be? Who will be the defensive MVP? What will we say about Nelson Agholor? And, perhaps most importantly, can Doug Pederson coach? Those questions get answered (well, we try) here.
Seventeen terms later, Pa. Rep. John Taylor is calling it a day. “I’d just love to see some gap between my legislative career and death," the Republican told Philly.com about his decision to not run for re-election. He's 62 and ready to spend more time with his family. Taylor said he's not getting out of politics, just elections — a big deal for one of the city's few Republican politicians who happens to also be liked by unions and the Democrat mayor. He's been repping the Riverwards since the '80s, and say what you will about comfortable politicians, but the dude is no slouch. He's passed more legislation during his most recent two-year term than all the Democrats combined.
We're teaming with Fishtown Hops to kick off the riverside beer garden's Fall Fest. It's the first night of NFL football, but there's also tons of other great stuff to look forward to, like $4 Jefferson bourbon cocktails, $4 drinks with $1800 tequila, buy one get one apps, the first fall beers, and fire pits where you can roast your own s'mores. Admission is free, but registration is required (link below). See you there!
Where: Fishtown Hops at 1001 N. Delaware Ave. 19125
When: September 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: Free admission with RSVP
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Philly college students are officially back in class (except for those Drexel kids waiting for the quarter to begin), and for many this is their first time on a city campus. Or maybe their first time in Philly. Some of them are new to the country. Starting a new semester is challenging enough, but it can be even harder when you're a freshman, a transfer or non-English speaker. Here's a list of programs universities around the city use to help new students of all kinds adjust to life on campus. New to college yourself? Subscribe to our College Life in Philly emails for occasional updates about life on campus and off.
Three years after he opened his first-ever restaurant — The Blue Duck in Northeast Philly — 31-year-old chef Kris Serviss now has three kitchens to run. Earlier this summer he and partner Joe Callahan Jr. teamed with Eagles tight end Brent Celek to open Blue Duck on Broad, and today is opening day for The Ugly Duckling. Set in a narrow, wood-filled space at 11th and Chancellor, this latest spot will serve Serviss' creative takes on American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Yes, breakfast: Doors open at 7 a.m. on weekdays.) Here's the menu and what to expect when you go.