Good morning, Philadelphia, and welcome to —yeah, it is only Thursday. Hopefully your Fourth was fun-filled or at the very least involved a hot dog and some refuge from the heat. (If it wasn't you're in good company, as for many across the city, it was just another steamy work day.) Thousands (Pitbull included) turned out and turned up yesterday for the seventh and final day of the Wawa Welcome to America festivities on the Ben Franklin Parkway, while others observed Independence Day in protest outside the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. And if you're just getting back home from a holiday away, you might want to check your mattress…and your sheets…and maybe your walls. Philly's got bedbugs, and no good way to deal with them.
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But when it comes to dealing with the unwelcome bunkmates, Philadelphia is the only city among the nation's 10 most populated municipalities without clear rules or even a way to report complaints.
Attempts to create a policy have gone nowhere because the city has balked at adding bedbug inspections to an already hefty caseload of complaints, and advocates for property owners made it clear they don't want to be on the hook for expensive exterminations.
And when homeowners are left to spend out-of-pocket for the pest control, it's people already dealing with poverty or health issues who pay the most.
Blocks away from a time-honored reading of the Declaration of Independence and the city's annual parade flaunting floats and a fife and drum band, dozens of people spent the day in a drastically different way, camping outside the federal ICE office for a third day in protest of the agency.
Meanwhile, a healthy crowd flocked to the Jersey Shore to beat the heat on Independence Day, decidedly determined not to let the midweek holiday ruin their beach plans.
But not everyone had the day off. While you were chilling on your holiday, these workers were sizzling outside.
He thought the mic was off, but the lawyer defending Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley recently told a documentary film crew that he's on the wrong side of justice when it comes to repping the judge presiding over the increasingly contentious decade-long Meek Mill court battle.
If he were the judge in this case, he would have granted Mill a new trial, attorney Charles A. Peruto says on the tape. "Prosecution and defense agree — goodbye."
"She looks f—ing awful," Peruto can be heard saying.
In June, Brinkley denied the rapper's efforts to overturn his 2007 drug and gun charges. Mill, meanwhile, remains free on bail pending resolution of his appeal.
America's 242nd went out with a bang, and @blurredpixels_ig was there to capture it.
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