Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the abortion bill that would've been one of the most restrictive in the country
As promised, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed Senate Bill 3, which would have made Pennsylvania the most restrictive state in the country for abortion. "PA women don't need Harrisburg making their health decisions," he tweeted. Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates issued a release soon after the veto criticizing lawmakers' fast-tracking of the bill without holding hearings. Wolf was in Philly to denounce SB3 alongside Mayor Jim Kenney, who previously called the legislation "devastating to women's health."
For years, violations by stop-and-go stores have been mostly ignored — met with light fines and a rubber stamp renewal of their liquor licenses. Calls to police about nuisance patrons, store owners say, have been dismissed. As Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ bill becomes law, and an even more powerful state law regulating liquor licenses hits the books next year, will stronger punishments finally be given out?
The Eagles earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, but while much of the talk at Doug Pederson's Monday press conference centered around if he'll rest his starters over the next two weeks, the Eagles do still need a win to clinch home field advantage, so let's not get ahead of ourselves. Speaking of which, we look at the teams the Eagles could potentially play in the playoffs and, gulp, they're all really good. The Saints? The Falcons? The Panthers...the way they've been playing? The Rams?!?!? Heck, there's even still a chance it could be the Cowboys! Here's a look at the updated NFC playoff scenarios, which for Nick Foles and the Eagles, suddenly look scary AF.
Poker players are used to making calculated risks with their money, so it's no surprise that local poker pro Adam Ehrlich would use his winnings to get in on the real estate boom. But what may be a surprise is that Ehrlich has turned his side hustle into a multi-million dollar venture, gobbling up nearly 500 tax-delinquent properties at sheriff sales, and using 49 different holding companies to do so. "There’s a lot of risk there," he said to Plan Philly in a detailed report on sheriff sales. "The properties are locked up by the sheriff and you can’t get inside. You could double your money or lose it all because you bought a property where all the joists are rotten."
Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, is hosting a cheesed out holiday party for kindred cheese-loving spirits. Bring your own wedge or hunk to add to the potluck table, and be ready to browse cheese-themed art as you sip cider from Ben Wenk or cocktails from the bar.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St., 19125
When: December 20, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: BYO cheese, pay-as-you-go drinks
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For three and a half years, Jared Cannon has been working on a project to make healthy lunches — the kind of dishes he created as corporate chef at Honeygrow — even easier to lay your hands on. This fall, he launched Simply Good Jars, which delivers salads and snacks (in jars, duh) to locations in Center City. If you're not in Center City, don't worry: Thanks to a partnership with USPS, the jars will soon available to anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area via regular mail.
We're officially less than a week away from Christmas, so here's an oldie but a goodie: 5 blocks to catch Griswold-esque Christmas displays. Some of the displays in our story from 2014 were totally over the top, so check that out, then visit those locations to see how (and if) they've updated any of the lawn ornaments. And if you go, take a selfie with a giant inflatable Frosty, and cross it off your holiday photo bucket list.