New Library for Port Richmond School; Bluecoat gin for sale; Make the PHL airport autonomous? | morning summary

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Port Richmond’s Liguori Academy High School cut the ribbon last week on its “Library of Unlimited Knowledge,” funded by donations from the community.

Liguori also does not yet have a librarian, so is operating on the honor system for now, Asha Prihar reports, but students are already reading more.

Bluecoat gin, the flagship product of Pennsylvania’s first post-Prohibition distillery, is no longer locally owned. It was sold to a Kentucky-based whiskey manufacturer.

  • The brand’s Philadelphia roots will never go away.noted Bluecoat co-creator Rob Cassell, who helped rewrite Pennsylvania’s liquor laws and opened the floodgates for the community’s more than 140 craft distilleries.

Now it could change the landscape again, reports Ian Mikrut for BP, acquiring a Bucks County spirits maker in a bid to become a regional powerhouse.

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  • John Fetterman left the hospital yesterday, after the pacemaker surgery that followed his stroke. He will resume his duties as lieutenant governor today; it is unclear when he will return to the campaign trail. [@giselefetterman/WESA]
  • The racial justice organization created by a pair of women who spoke out against the controversial arrests of two black men at a Rittenhouse Starbucks in 2018 appears to be imploding, as the founders argue. [Billy Penn/Philly Mag$]
  • There is a push for PHL Airport to become its own department in the mayor’s cabinet, rather than under the Department of Commerce. Council hearings begin today. [Inquirer$]
  • In 1922, when the first two women won major party nominations for Congress in Pennsylvania. With victory in this month’s primary in Pittsburgh, Summer Lee is poised to become the first black woman to represent the Commonwealth in DC. [Billy Penn/PGH City Paper]
  • HHS Regional Director Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors Consortium, was in North Philadelphia on Saturday. give away infant formula. [@alastanford]
  • Riding his five-game winning streak last week, Philadelphia player Ryan Long made it to the next Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. A Mt. Airy resident who runs rideshares beat out fellow Philadelphian Bradford Pearson on Thursday, a show they looked together. [Jeopardy/6ABC/@bradfordpearson]
  • Brunch favorite Sabrina’s Cafe will open this week at 21st and South, the former location of Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat. [Philly Grub]

Mayor Kenney joins Senator Casey on Boathouse Row to announce details on new federal funding for the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia (10 am).

🎸 support bands Billy Penn: We’re hosting a music show at The Fire, the woman-owned indie music venue and bar on Girard Avenue. Come hang out at our table listening to local bands with sounds ranging from blues-rock to surf-goth. Tickets are $15 and a portion of sales benefits BP journalism. (8 pm to midnight, Wednesday, June 1)

🍹 Brush up on your mixology skills with Art in the Age’s “Spring Spritz” Cocktail Workshop in Old City. Tickets include a hands-on demo where she will make two drinks for you to enjoy. (7 p.m. Tuesday May 24)

🍭 The Northern Liberties Night Market takes over North 2nd Street with dozens of food trucks, vendors, cafes, live music and street performers. (5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26)

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