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October 23, 2017


Soda is flying off the shelves outside the city

By Alex Lloyd Gross Suburban stores in the Philadelphia area have watched soda and other beverages that are taxable inside the city, fly off the shelves. In fact, some stores have limits set on how much soda can be bought.  In stark contrast, the soda aisle at local markets are empty, except for a few

Soda tax in effect Jan 1 2017

By Alex Lloyd Gross In a stunning victory for the city,  Federal Judge Gary Glazer rejected the appeal from the American Beverage Association and others  completely. This action paves the way for a 1.5 cent tax per ounce on sugar drinks in the city.  There is nowhere to go except  to the store to pay

Thousands get ready for Philadelphia Marathon

By  Alex Lloyd Gross This weekend, November 19-20, 2016 in the weekend that  the Philadelphia Marathon takes place. It’s a grueling 26 mile run through Philadelphia.   26 miles is a bit too much for you to run? No problem, there is a half marathon of 13.1 miles, or even an 8K run which is about

Soda tax is passed in Philadelphia

By Alex Lloyd Gross Time will tell if stores will close and people will be out of work as Philadelphia City Council voted to amend the tax on sugar drinks with  a 1.5 cent tax per ounce. This extra cash is supposed to go to fund kindergarten.  It is the only such tax in the

New hospital open in South Philly

The City of Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today celebrated the grand opening of its new South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The $42.5 million, 96,000-sqaure-foot LEED-certified facility includes a CHOP pediatric primary care center; Philadelphia Department of Public Health community health center; state-of-the-art Free Library of Philadelphia South Philadelphia Library; and

Phila soda tax faces stiff opposition

By Alex Lloyd Gross Mayor Michael Nutter tried twice to enact a tax on soft drinks in Philadelphia. He failed , partly because he could not get city council to go along with it. One council member that voted no was James Kenney.  Now after a few years passed and Kenney is elected Mayor, he 

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