The state appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision that ruled the city's sugar-sweetened beverage tax is legal under Pennsylvania law, siding with Mayor Jim Kenney's administration. The court released its opinion with five judges in favor and two dissenting. The decision means that Philadelphia's soda tax can continue, though the American Beverage Association and its allies that filed the lawsuit can still appeal to the state's Supreme Court. Here's why the court ruled in favor of the city.
We'd love to give you an update on the Bill Cosby trial, but, well, there isn't one. The jury has been deliberating since Monday, asking several questions to the court, including ones regarding testimony from accuser Andrea Constand. Here were our big takeaways from her testimony last week. Deliberations resume at 9 a.m. and...that's all we know. Follow our full Cosby coverage here, and when (if) there's a verdict, you'll know as soon as we do.
The First Amendment protects the right to protest, but not to cut a hole in the fence at FDR Park. So the six people arrested during a DNC protest last summer were charged Wednesday with trespassing on restricted federal grounds. Five of the out-of-towners, all in their mid- to late-20s, have to pay $500 each within 30 days. But the guy who cut the hole in the fence won't be sentenced until Sept. 28. He faces up to five years and a six-figure fine, though Senior U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson is considering not sending him to prison.
You know it for the incredible hummus and pita that make for one of the city's best lunches, but there's more to discover at Dizengoff. Each Saturday, the CookNSolo fast casual hummusiya transforms into a full-service restaurant, with a monthly-changing menu from co-chefs Elaine Gardner and Henry Morgan. Billed as three courses, the dinner feels like much more — at $60 per person, it's a worthy splurge — plus the room positively glows with energy. Heads up: Tickets for the July dinners are on sale at 7 a.m. today, so act fast if you want in on this secret.
Bring your best bud or come in search of one to adopt to this spot just south of Rittenhouse Square for an evening of drinks and snacks — for both of you. For you: Lagunitas will offer beer samples, Tito's vodka drinks will be discounted and area restaurants will raffle off prizes. For the pooch: Meet and greet, free pet food samples from Rittenhouse Pet Supply, dog-friendly drinks (aka water) and yes — a kissing booth. A portion of proceeds benefit the PSPCA.
Where: Baril at 267 S. 19th St. 19103
When: June 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Spend five minutes watching people use and abuse the fountains in Dilworth Park and you'll decide for yourself the water isn't drinkable. But who has five minutes to spare when it's hot out and the fountains beckon? And who could possibly notice the tiny "not suitable for drinking" line added to the bottom of the signs around the park? An email from one of our readers prompted another investigation (the first being a water test that revealed coliform bacteria). We asked a bunch of parents in Dilworth Park if they were aware of the no-drinking rule. The looks on their faces said it all.
Picture it. June 2016. The Pennsylvania Capitol. Pa. Rep. Vanessa Brown of Philadelphia was walking through the building when she spotted a Confederate flag on display. She yanked it down. That was only the beginning. "I used my authority as a Representative to make the house aware that this flag was flying and that it represented a part of history that was disrespectful," Brown told Billy Penn in an interview shortly after. But the flag went back up. Here's what went down that day last June and why a Confederate flag was flying in the Pennsylvania state house in the first place.