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The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has selected two New York development firms to redevelop a trio of high-rises in West Philadelphia.
What's happening: The PHA's Board of Commissioners approved a $15 million pre-development agreement on Thursday with L+M Development Partners and MSquared to transform the Westpark apartment complex near 44th and Market streets.
The impending closure of a Center City mainstay this weekend serves as a reminder that many local businesses are still struggling to survive as the city's economic recovery remains modest.
Driving the news: The beloved Joseph Fox Bookshop announced last week that it's closing this Saturday because the business hasn't bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.
- The book store, which launched in 1951, was a haven for both regulars and tourists — and part of the Free Library of Philadelphia's programming.
Photographer Eugene Mopsik has traded his camera lens for a slicing knife.
State of play: Mopsik is the self-proclaimed "loxsmith" at Biederman's Speciality Foods on Christian Street, which opened in late 2020.
- With no formal culinary background, Mopsik came out of retirement to slice fish and cook at the shop near the Italian Market.
It all started with a tweet. Then a first kiss at the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl parade. And now the most Philly love story of all time has come full circle.
What's happening: Four years ago, two Philly sports fans celebrating the Eagles' first-ever Super Bowl win recreated the famous photo of a World War II sailor kissing a dental assistant in Times Square.
- On Friday, the couple returned to that same spot. But this time, the kiss ended on bended knee.
Former Philadelphia City Councilperson Bobby Henon already lost his office, and now he's at risk of losing his city pension.
State of play: Henon, who resigned from office Thursday following his federal conviction, is on track to receive a more than $4,500 monthly pension, starting at the age 55, for his decadelong career on the council. He's 53.
Timaree Schmit knows sex.
Better known as Dr. Timaree, Schmit — who has a doctorate in human sexuality education — has worked as a peer sex educator and HIV prevention counselor, and now she hosts the "Sex With Timaree" podcast.
- Schmit also is a Philly burlesque dancer, performing under the stage name HoneyTree Evil Eye.
Bobby Henon's Philadelphia City Council seat is officially vacant.
Driving the news: The now-former 6th District councilmember resigned Thursday, a month before his sentencing for federal charges related to corruption and conspiracy.
- Council President Darrell Clarke has not yet set a date for a special election to fill the seat. But here's what comes next.
Former City Councilmember Bobby Henon on Thursday joined a long list of Philadelphia politicians who resigned from office over corruption scandals.
- Here are some of the most recent politicians to forfeit their office:
Rick Mariano: The former city councilmember was convicted in 2006 of taking nearly $30,000 in bribes from small businesses looking for tax breaks, zoning adjustments and other favors.
- He was sentenced to more than six years but served about four.