Falling upon hard times, a former King of Prussia pharmacist went from living with her two dogs in a 4,000-square-foot house to a car with a dead battery and no gas in a Target parking lot. But thanks to the goodness of the community, she now has an apartment to stay in and a renewed connection to her neighbors, Alfred Lubrano writes. And thanks to the goodness of Jimmy “Buckets” Butler, the Sixers are still alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and — clap your hands, everybody — headed to Toronto for Game 7.

Growing up in King of Prussia, Lynn Schutzman said she was always "one of the haves” — until she wasn’t.

After absorbing the untimely death of her husband, a series of devastating illnesses, and financial ruin hastened by medical bills and relatives who she said took advantage of her, the 69-year-old former pharmacist found herself moving from her middle-class life in a 4,000-square-foot house to an apartment, then to her car.

Blasting the Mercedes’ heat in the winters and renting a motel room for the occasional shower, Schutzman and her dogs, Chaucer and Chase, lived for two years out of her vehicle, which was most recently stationed in a Target parking lot.

Then one day last month, a pair of strangers knocked on Schutzman’s car window with a promise to help.

Philadelphia officials are hoping to make it a little easier for first-time home buyers to put down roots in the city.

Launching in June, Philly First Home promises eligible residents $10,000 toward home down payments and closing costs, and will forgive the loan if the buyer stays in the house for over 15 years.

The program comes as an unprecedented wave of younger and wealthier residents move to Philadelphia, while the city poverty rate hovers at about 26 percent, longtime residents fear being pushed out, and starter homes have become more difficult to find.

Philly knows a thing or two about being the underdog, and last night, with their backs against the Wells Fargo Center wall and hopes of Eastern Conference finals fading, the Sixers proved that underdogshungry dogs — run faster.

With a 112-101 win over the Raptors and strong performances from Jim-my But-ler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers roared back to life in Game 6, tying the series and forcing a Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday.

And no matter how Game 7 ends, the Sixers have already proved something, writes columnist David Murphy.

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Signe cartoon TOON10 Violence Taskforce
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“For this first-ever black triumvirate in pageant history to be a real beauty win, all black women need to be able to sit comfortably in their natural beauty wherever they are — work, school, play, and on the pageant stage. That means we shouldn’t have to explain our curves. We shouldn’t feel some kind of way about our full lips or our broad noses. We need not be brown versions of the white ideal.” - Columnist Elizabeth Wellington on the importance of natural hair laws.

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  • If there’s one thing that defines a home in Fishtown, it’s a house-number fish sign hanging above its door. The history of the sign has “one fin in the old Fishtown, and one fin in the new,” writes Joel Wolfram for PlanPhilly.
  • At the Overbrook School for the Blind in West Philadelphia, WHYY reports, a new adaptive and accessible horticultural center is teaching students to take time to smell (and touch) the flowers.
  • In the era of tech bros and business-casual dress codes, suits are out and the Patagonia vest is in as the new uniform for male corporate power, The Atlantic observes.
Kyle Tanguay becomes the first male cheerleader for the Eagles in 35 years.
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Kyle Tanguay becomes the first male cheerleader for the Eagles in 35 years.

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Last week, Kyle Tanguay became the first male Eagles cheerleader to join the squad in 35 years and only the fourth male cheerleader in the NFL. Where’d learn his moves? From his 98-year-old great grandmother.