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Exterior of Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in September 2010.
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Exterior of Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in September 2010.

Painted Bride Art Center announced last month that they'll be selling their landmark building to become a project-based organization. The reactions from Philly's arts community are as mixed and sharp as the Isaiah Zagar mosaic mural covering the Bride.

Some say ditching the building could spell the end for the organization, but Executive Director Laurel Raczka cites recent local art projects like Philadelphia Assembled and Monument Lab as proof of concept.

There's also worry that the building, once sold, will be demolished, and that Zagar's work, too, will be lost. Regardless of the outcome, Philly's art world will be watching.

A local family of five has sought sanctuary in North Philadelphia's Church of the Advocate after being denied a petition for asylum. Carmela Apolonio Hernandez, 36, and her four children came to America from Mexico in 2015, fleeing the violence of organized drug criminals who killed their relatives.

Hernandez is appealing the denial of asylum. Uncertainty about the future at times like these is why a new study says just being an immigrant can be bad for children's health.

Could ICE barge in to arrest them? Technically, yes. But agents typically avoid attempting to make arrests in sensitive spaces like churches, hospitals and schools.

A Philadelphia pension perk called DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) has been helping city employees accumulate and collect huge lump-sum payments upon retirement. One PPA official stands to make more than $650,000 when he retires thanks to DROP.

The program was meant to be cost-neutral, but a new state study shows it cost the city between $237 million and $277 million from 1999 to 2015. Now the city's pension fund has less that 45 percent of what it needs to cover obligations to retirees. Yikes.

The Inquirer Editorial Board, for one, thinks DROP is just one more program City Hall should, well, drop.

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