Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee ... and party like there’s no tomorrow? Evidently, that’s the motto at Muhammad Ali’s former home in Cherry Hill, where raucous celebrations from renters are disrupting the neighbors. Now, township officials hope to implement a ban on short-term rentals to shut it down. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, as Hahnemann University Hospital prepares to officially shut down, a judge has approved the sale of its residency programs — a move which critics say could set a dangerous legal precedent.

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Muhammad Ali only lived there for two years over four decades ago, but the party at the famed boxer’s former Cherry Hill mansion has yet to throw in the towel.

In fact, since the 10,000-square-foot “Ali House” was listed on Airbnb in October 2018, it’s become a hub for large parties and catered events that have drawn loud crowds, fistfights, massive parking jams, frequent visits from police — and increasingly unhappy neighbors and township officials, who say the rental’s business practices violate zoning code.

In a measure that officials say is likely to pass next week, Cherry Hill’s township council will consider banning short-term rentals, a move which may knock out the revelry at the residence for good.

But while the party may potentially be winding down at this New Jersey Airbnb, elsewhere on the Garden State rental market, the festivities and fist-pumping are just getting started.

A federal judge has approved the unprecedented sale of Hahnemann University Hospital’s residency programs to Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. for $55 million — a key turning point in the hospital’s bankruptcy saga.

But not everyone is happy about it, as critics say the judge’s approval sets a dangerous legal precedent and could prompt other financially distressed hospitals to begin selling residency slots as assets.

The federal government now has seven calendar days to appeal the decision. Unless the ruling is overturned, it will guarantee that the more than 500 residency slots, paid for by federal funds, would stay in the Philadelphia region.

Three days late, and $37 million into a high-stakes project to co-locate two schools, students at Benjamin Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy are scheduled to report to the new building for class this morning.

Despite workers staying overnight to clean and ready the building for students, the school will still be an active construction site, with sections walled off and inaccessible to students.

The project is slated for completion by the end of this year, and promises new-and-improved labs, lighting, air conditioning, and scenic workspace.

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