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The city filed suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August.
The city filed suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August.Read moreAlex Brandon

Hey there. Fellow SEPTA commuters, you might want to update your mobile app before heading out this morning; they say the travel time info is way more accurate now. Crossing my fingers!

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» READ MORE: Judge rules in favor of Philly’s Sanctuary City status

A victory came through for supporters of Philly's "Sanctuary City" status Wednesday. A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking the government from withholding federal law-enforcement funds from the city if it doesn't help them arrest immigrants without appropriate documents. 

Philly sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August to dispute the Trump administration's attempt to withhold funds. The funding restrictions hurt public safety, Philly officials said at the time.

Just two weeks ago the judge declared the city had substantially complied with the administration's conditions.

» READ MORE: Turkey Day’s a week away

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Whether you'll be in the kitchen all day or devising your shopping strategy, we're here to help.

If you're the host…check out this Haitian take on Thanksgiving classics and a Craig Laban-approved wine, or grab vegan dinners courtesy of Vedge at Whole Foods. Then get your kids out of the kitchen with pre-dinner ice skating.

If you're just eating…beforehand get your rear in gear by joining a local "Turkey Trot." Then, may we recommend this treatise on how Thanksgiving stuffing reflects class boundaries for dinner discussion?

If you're waiting for Black Friday…consider giving back on Thursday, too. If the stores are still calling your name, don't forget to look out for online discounts.

» READ MORE: Undercover Gangster: The Interrogation

At a long-awaited trial, a prosecutor believes she has enough evidence to convict Michael Lockhart—until he springs one last surprise. You can now read the fourth chapter in David Gambacorta's five-part true crime series "Undercover Gangster."

Catching up? Read the story so far:
Chapter 1: A detective has to untangle a shocking murder plot, while a key suspect is leading dual lives.
Chapter 2: Then, a hospital room visit helps him ID a gunman who feels compelled to take a deadly path.
Chapter 3: The detective closes in on a young man behind a violent mystery, but shocking news interrupts the chase.

What you need to know today

  1. The Democratic Socialists of America are feeling the love after last week's elections. The party's numbers may be small, but leaders of the Philly chapter say the pendulum is swinging their way.

  2. Four juveniles fled a youth detention facility early Wednesday morning, causing a manhunt and school closures. Three of the fugitives have been caught, but one is still at large.

  3. A win for women? Pennsylvania senators pushed new legislation yesterday to ban non-disclosure agreements in cases involving sexual harassment and assault. It's an effort to end the cycle of high-profile abusers, like Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, going unnoticed.

  4. Zimbabwe's military has deposed the world's oldest head of state and is holding President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife under house arrest. The military denies a coup, instead calling it a "restoration of democracy."

  5. The House and Senate tax bills keep changing, but the winners and losers stay pretty consistent. Here's what to look for before you go spending that promised tax cut. For the record, most Pennsylvania and New Jersey House Republicans are backing the House tax plan.

  6. Despite recently having their license revoked, Blossom Philadelphia's group homes for intellectually disabled adults aren't changing a thing.

» READ MORE: #OurPhilly

We want to see what our community looks like through your eyes. Show us the park that your family walks through every weekend with the dog, the block party in your neighborhood or the historic stretch you see every morning on your commute to work.

Tag your Instagram posts or tweets with #OurPhilly and we'll pick our favorite each day to feature in this newsletter and give you a shout out to build those followers!

That’s Interesting

  1. Behind "Trust the Process" there's "Trust the Data," too. The Sixers are leaning on advanced analytics (think: Moneyball) to step up their game. Speaking of which, they beat the Lakers 115-109 last night.

  2. Get out of the house: Your weekend plans should include scoping out the new Yards Brewing space and the region's slew of classical performances.

  3. There's a new boss in town at 97.5 The Fanatic, and fans can expect some changes coming their way.

  4. A Bucks County Catholic high school is getting $5 million thanks to two alumni. Should be one heck of a prom.

  5. Good news: If/when this one is no longer an option, there may be a new planet we humans can live on. Technically it's an "exoplanet," but there's a chance it's inhabitable.

  6. The former director of the museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hopes to fill a hole in the city's art scene with a new venue for visual and performance art.


"While Shelton literally advocated for violence, Kaepernick participated in peaceful protest. Kaepernick's message was co-opted, but his original intention was sincere. That's about as sexy as it gets." Columnist Elizabeth Wellington
— votes for Colin Kaepernick over Blake Shelton
  1. The Inquirer Editorial Board thinks the Philadelphia Parking Authority needs to boot its new policy of coming after drivers with old, forgotten parking tickets.

  2. Could creating boroughs in Philly be the key to citywide political participation? Journalist Quinn O'Callaghan thinks so. And he's even got some suggestions for borough names.

What we’re reading

  1. This Temple News profile on alum Chris Banks is just delightful. The finance and policy analyst is teaching kids financial literacy and helping them open bank accounts—and yes, his last name is just a coincidence.

  2. Somebody had to ask: will an Eagles Super Bowl run psychologically damage Philly fans? A sports psychologist told Metro Philly that not getting our hopes up isn't healthy.

  3. Admit it, at some point in your life, you've walked into a museum and inexplicably wanted to touch a piece of art. We've all been there, and Atlas Obscura says one researcher may know why. 

  4. As the ever-popular Broadway production of The Lion King turns 20, The New York Times tells the stories of some of the 263 South African performers who brought the smash hit to life.

  5. I couldn't help but be drawn into this Rolling Stone cover story on the perplexing and ambitious inventor Elon Musk and all his wild plans.

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