Congressman Pat Meehan voted yes on the House’s recently passed tax plan last week. He’s a major supporter. In fact, he said the families in his 7th District of Pennsylvania, located in suburban Philly and farther out into Lancaster and Berks counties, will get a tax cut of over $5,100. Is there any evidence to illustrate a middle-income household would see a tax cut of greater than that amount? We fact-checked him.
First come the doctors, then — not always, but quite often — come the funeral directors. Homicides are up in Philadelphia, and gun violence is very often the cause. But behind the stats, there are people. From the family members who want to tell the stories of the young men dying in Philadelphia, to the doctors who try to save them and the funeral directors who ensure the deceased are given fitting tributes, these are the people who care for the city's gunshot victims.
Pennsylvania, like many other states, has laws that isolates sex offenders when they leave prison. Housing restrictions make reentry difficult, and online registries mean their personal information, photos and whereabouts are publicly accessible. Some reformers say this isn't the way to hold returning sex offenders accountable and prevent reoffending. So a program in Vermont is trying something completely different. Can it work in Pennsylvania, which has more than 21,000 people on its registry?
The 6ABC/Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States, runs Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The marching begins at 20th and JFK, continuing to 16th Street before heading up the Parkway. Here’s a rundown of the top performers, special guests and floats, new and old, to watch. And here's an early look at SEPTA's modified schedule for the holiday.
Recognizing that not everyone has family or friends to share the holiday — and that not everyone can afford to prepare their own turkey feast — Siddiq Moore and his team are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner that's open to anyone in their West Philly community. Ol' Boys catering will provide the food, and lots of local business have signed up as sponsors to help defray the cost. The event takes place in the grassy lot behind the water ice shop in a heated tent, and there'll be a moonbounce for the kids. (If you're interested in donating or helping out, call 215-410-6513.)
Where: Siddiq's Real Fruit Water Ice at 264 S. 60th St. 19139
When: November 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Next time you're about to dredge your sushi through soy sauce before popping it in your mouth, hold up. According to Jesse Ito, chef at Royal Sushi & Izakaya, that's one of the most egregious things you can do. Yet Ito sees it all the time, even at the omakase counter tucked into an elegant back room at his Queen Village spot, where he's served more than 70,000 pieces of nigiri over the past year. And let's not even start on the way to eat the ginger. Here are the six worst sushi-eating habits Ito wishes his guests would avoid.
SEPTA launched a campaign yesterday to educate passengers about how to not fall onto the tracks. It includes in-person outreach at stations, plus a video explaining why those yellow treads are meant to keep you at a safe distance from oncoming trains and the tracks below. The basics? Pay attention and stay off your phone. But also, keep an eye out for people who might be having a medical emergency or look unstable for any reason. Take a look at the PSA and tips for what to do if you (or someone else) fall.