Today’s my kinda day in the 70s, and it’s time to get into weekend mode.
Bonus: Dolly Parton, who never met a sparkly outfit she did not like, graced a Wilmington library with her presence.
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🎤 And now I’m passing the mic to our reporter Erin Arvedlund, who wrote today’s top story:
Center City District keeps its finger on the pulse of the economy in Philly. The business climate’s almost back to normal, although in-person workers haven’t come back. Restaurants and cultural institutions have reopened.
But a police presence needs to be visible for visitors and tourists to return in force. Also, City Council has to take up the mantle of tax reform in order for small businesses to thrive.
My take is that business leaders are keeping their fingers crossed that the mayor and City Council do the right things to propel Philly out of its molasses growth and into a high-growth metro region. Instead of just dividing the pie into smaller pieces, let’s “grow” the pie so more people benefit.
Keep reading for more on the key to rebuilding.
What you should know today
Children in Philadelphia middle schools — and some elementary schools — will now be subject to periodic weapons scans.
Ex-Temple employees were sentenced to probation for fraud tied to business school rankings.
A drug firm in Bucks County that sold FDA-approved generics now faces charges of misleading the agency. 🔒
If you’re voting by mail in the 2022 Pa. primary, it’s best to send your ballot out ASAP.
Cape May hotels are modernizing while staying faithful to the Victorian history of the place.
Patron saint of much that is good Dolly Parton hit Delaware, and she’s having quite the week.
Only Joel Embiid can save the 76ers, David Murphy writes. 🔒
Local Coronavirus numbers: Track the latest COVD-19 data.
🧠 Philly Trivia Time 🧠
What was the team that pulled a stunt to convince readers of The Inquirer that Taco Bell had bought the Liberty Bell in the ’90s?
A) Live Mas LLC.
C) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
D) The Crunchwrap Supremes
Mike Klein wrote about the story. Also, in his weekly newsletter, he highlights the best places to eat in Philly and includes readers’ food photos. I do hope you subscribe to Let’s Eat.
🧩 Unscramble the Anagram 🧩
He wore number 20 for the 76ers. Hint: 👂+🤢+⛄
Think you know? Send your guess our way at email@example.com. We’ll give a shoutout to a reader at random who answers correctly. Today’s shoutout goes to Deborah Davis, who correctly guessed Rittenhouse Square as yesterday’s answer.
Photo of the day
👋 See you Sunday. I’ll be enjoying the sunshine of Philly’s L-O-V-E.