Solving the riddle of the Sphinx is no easy task, and neither is moving it 300 feet, apparently. After months of plotting, measuring, and re-measuring, a crew at the Penn Museum will begin today to attempt the megalithic task of hoisting and carting the museum’s 13-ton ancient Egyptian figure across the building and through two windows to its new home in the main lobby. Meanwhile, across town, a different crew will get to work making art in Suburban Station, part of a Same Day Work program aimed at employing Philly’s homeless population.

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How do you move a 13-ton Egyptian sphinx? Very carefully.

For the first time in 93 years, the Penn Museum is preparing to hoist its red-granite sphinx from its Lower Egyptian Gallery to the museum’s main lobby this week — a 300-foot journey that’s taken months of planning, hydraulic help, and a makeshift roller-coaster to execute.

If all goes to plan, the 3,000-year-old Egyptian guardian figure will pass through the museum’s open windows with inches to spare, a move far more meticulously arranged than when the sphinx first arrived in Philadelphia by steamboat in 1913, and nine horses pulled it through the city to the museum.

Ten people at a time, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program is putting some of the city’s homeless people to work, offering a payday in exchange for making art.

It’s a part of the Suburban Station-based Same Day Work program — a concept developed by Mural Arts with the Scattergood Foundation and MHP, funded by private philanthropy — which is eight weeks into a two-year pilot. Already, demand is far outpacing the slots available, and the city is looking to match the endeavor with more jobs, though plans remain tentative.

Participants spend the three-hour shift drawing and painting in a studio, and will later begin work on a mural along one of the underground corridors beneath 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Does God endorse medical marijuana?

It’s a question Philadelphia-area faith communities are asking as the legalization of the drug’s use becomes more widespread. While marijuana use has been intrinsic to some faiths’ practices for centuries, others are strictly against it.

In Delaware, leaders may have to develop a stance on cannabis sooner rather than later as the First State creeps toward legalization — depending on whom you ask.

And, a new study from Stanford University suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana is not causally linked to opioid overdose deaths, as was once believed.

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