Happy Valentine's Day, Philadelphia. Love is in the air — or, is that just the warm weather we're having? We do have love stories for you today, but there are also critical updates afoot on Pennsylvania's congressional map and one local family's fight against ICE. So, spread a little Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection around today, folks; your neighbors could always use it.
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No, Philly still isn't over it. (And won't be for a while.) But whether you've been struck by Cupid's arrow or you're scoffing at every happy couple you see, surely love stories of Eagles fans from Super Bowl Sunday to the parade, will warm your heart.
For an equally wacky holiday story, head to one local college where students are delivering valentines for a small donation. The thing is, they're dressing as Ninjas from door to door. If you're looking to send love notes around town, columnist Jenice Armstrong suggests Meek Mill, Larry Krasner, and Wawa as deserving recipients.
Demonstrators took to the streets outside the federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tuesday. They were there to demand an undocumented family currently seeking sanctuary in a North Philly church be allowed to walk free as they pursue their legal case for asylum.
But when they tried to hand over a petition supporting the family, ICE officers told them to mail it and then turned State Rep. Christopher Rabb away.
The family has been living inside the Church of the Advocate for two months. Their children returned to public school last month and, so far, none of them has been detained.
Last week, Republicans submitted a new congressional map of Pennsylvania to Gov. Tom Wolf, meeting a deadline set by the state high court which ruled the current map unconstitutional.
So, it's back to the drawing board. Now all parties are invited to submit a map and the court will draw its own or select from the new proposals.
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.
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