Protests sweep Philly; Downtown bus lane turns red; Delaware River Trail shines | Sunday overview

Pitch crushes Bryce Harper’s thumb ⚾

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• Pennsylvania in the spotlight after the fall of Roe v. wade

In some of Philadelphia’s biggest protests since 2020, thousands of people have gathered to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning constitutional abortion protections. The procedure is currently legal for up to 24 weeks in Pennsylvania — here are places offering services in Philadelphia — but that might not last long if Doug Mastriano beats Josh Shapiro in November. Head-to-head has pundits calling Pennsylvania gubernatorial contest “the most important election this year in America. [Billy Penn/Billy Penn/@nytimes]

• City budget passes with boost for police, arts, libraries

As expected, the City Council approved Philadelphia’s $5.8 billion operating budget. Its provisions, which take effect July 1, include a minor payroll tax cut; greater exemption from property tax; a larger police budget and more funding against violence; a helping hand for various artistic programs; a sharp increase in library funding; and money for keep recreation centers open week ends. [Billy Penn/WHYY/Inquirer$/Billy Penn/Inquirer$]

• Delaware River Trail shines in early summer

This is the first summer that pedestrians (and joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers – choose your personal mode of transportation!) can cross the Philadelphia waterfront on an unbroken path from Fishtown to South Philly. Long in the works, the Delaware River Trail is now open and Asha Prihar has detailed 6 must-see stops along the way. [Billy Penn]

• Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin gives in

The Sixers picked up a win with their night swap project for De’Anthony Meltonbut the behind-the-scenes news is even more upset: longtime co-owner Michael Rubin has announced he sells his stake in the team. Rubin, who partnered with Meek Mill to initiate criminal justice reform non-profit, divests to avoid conflicts of interest as he develops Fanatics. The sportswear empire is now branching out into trading cards and betting. [Sixers Wire/ESPN/GQ/CNBC]

Divine Lorraine on North Broad Street
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• Some SEPTA fares will drop

SEPTA also voted its operating budget, switch to $1.6 billion. When the new fiscal year comes into effect this Friday, some prices will drop: the day pass is reduced from $9 to $6, for example, and the regional train from downtown to zone 1 is reduced by 25 cents. The regular rate in town remains at $2. It’s an effort to increase ridership, which remains at 52% of pre-COVID capacity. [Mass Transit/KYW]

• Bus lane on Chestnut Street turns red

Half of transit riders in the city take buses, and riders could see faster service in part of downtown if a new design effort works. The Chestnut Street bus lane, which has nominally existed for decades but is rarely seen by cars, is now painted bright red from 2nd off. It is a tactic that proved its effectiveness in Boston and other cities to keep cars away. []

• The Phillies face a season without Harper

Just as the Phillies were making a comeback under acting director Rob Thomson – his record is 14-3 since taking office – they have been hit with a heavy blow. Literally, like a pitch crushed in Bryce Harper’s thumb, fracturing him and eliminating the MVP slugger indefinitely. A great story: Former No. 1 draft pick Mark Appel finally got the chance to play in the big leagues after 9 years in the minors. [94WIP/NBCS Philly/MLB]

• 4th of July celebrations take off

How logical since that’s where it all started, Philadelphia is going big for July 4th. Celebrations are already underway as the bank holiday weekend approaches. This week brings events like Wawa Hoagie Day, fireworks on the Delaware waterfrontand free admission to museums around the city. [NBC10/Welcome America/Visit Philly]