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Why not requiring helmets for Philly Bike Share may be a good thing

Why not requiring helmets for Philly Bike Share may be a good thing

Set to “boost the city’s transportation network and further advance Philadelphia’s position as a city of choice,” it was announced earlier this year that Philadelphia would be getting our own bike-sharing program in 2014. The five-year plan is a system of 150-200 bike share stations and 1,000 to 2,000 bikes in an area from West Philly to the Delaware,...

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Some Philadelphians will lose their insurance plans under Obamacare—and ought to celebrate

Some Philadelphians will lose their insurance plans under Obamacare—and ought to celebrate

To hear the national media talk about it, you’d think Obamacare is a mess. Its website regularly crashes. Millions of Americans are being summarily dropped from their health insurance plans, and the “sticker shock” of the cost has left people all over the country reeling in pain, begging their Tea Party congressmen to repeal the Affordable Care Act before...

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5 things you may not know about today’s election

5 things you may not know about today’s election

Did you know there’s an election in Philly—and in municipalities throughout the United States—today? There is. The numbers say a lot of the city is not necessarily paying attention this year, so we’ve come up with a list of basic things you may not know about today’s election. Starting with… There is an election today Hate to begin with...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Nov. 4-8

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Nov. 4-8

Monday, Nov. 4 ACT UP Philly weekly meeting. 6pm. Saint Luke’s Church. 330 S. 13th St. Somerset Neighbors for a Better Living. 6:30pm. 2801 Frankford Ave. East Mt. Airy Neighborhood Safety Meeting. 7pm. Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church, Ardleigh and Gowen. Tuesday, Nov. 5 Central North Epic Stakeholders. 12pm. 2551 N 22nd St. Code for Philly Meetup. Stop...

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Amidst new dire polling, Gov. Corbett attacks Rep. Schwartz and Obamacare

Amidst new dire polling, Gov. Corbett attacks Rep. Schwartz and Obamacare

You know what they say: When the going gets tough, attack your potential opponent. This morning, Franklin and Marshall released a poll showing Pennsylvania governor’s Tom Corbett’s poll numbers numbers stuck in a rut. Just one in five voters thinks he is doing a good or excellent job  and an entire 67 percent of Pennsylvanians think it’s time for...

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Food stamp funds getting cut tomorrow – here’s what to expect

Food stamp funds getting cut tomorrow – here’s what to expect

If you’re someone who relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to eat, things are about to get ugly. The federal government is cutting $5 billion from the program this week, and, if some people in Washington have their way, there will be more where that came from. The $80 billion yearly program provides aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households...

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Map shows best living spots for food delivery in Philadelphia

Map shows best living spots for food delivery in Philadelphia

A so-called Philadelphia Food Delivery Heatmap popped up in my inbox this morning. And despite my better instincts, I’m putting it on this blog because a) food is awesome, and, b) like many people I’ve met over the  years, I’m not sure where I’d be at this stage in life without take-out/delivery options. The map, sent out by an apartment...

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What’s behind the move to block paid sick days for Philly’s working class?

What’s behind the move to block paid sick days for Philly’s working class?

When City Council failed to override Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s veto of last spring’s bill that sought to mandate a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave for all employees at workplaces in Philadelphia, Councilman Bill Greenlee—the bill’s prime sponsor—first apologized to the 180,000 local workers who would’ve welcomed that benefit. He then...

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Rep. Brian Sims offers ‘Zombie Daryl Metcalfe’ as Halloween costume

Rep. Brian Sims offers ‘Zombie Daryl Metcalfe’ as Halloween costume

State Rep. Brian Sims is having some fun with his Halloween costume, and raising some money off it. On his public Facebook page, the Philly legislator linked to a fundraising website hosted by NGP VAN, a D.C.-based fundraising organization, which asks: “What Should I be for Halloween?” There are four options: “Zombie Daryl Metcalfe,” “Bearded Ted Cruz,”...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 28-Nov. 1

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 28-Nov. 1

It’s a busy week if you keep up with City Council’s goings-on, or if you’re someone who gets really, really prepared for Halloween. Civic events are below; some descriptions have been copy-and-pasted from civic association/other calendars for aggregation here. Send any events we missed to civics@philadelphiaweekly.com Monday, Oct. 28 Philadelphia...

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