Homicides in Philly up to 271 so far this year

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The current number of homicide victims year-to-date under Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner’s leadership. This represents a 35 percent increase over the same time last year and is higher than the number of all homicides that took place in both 2013 and 2014.

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New brew at Wawa

Wawa and 2SP Brewing Company are continuing the tradition of brewing collaborative limited-edition beers – this time, with a summer twist. On the heels of three successful holiday brews, the collaboration between 2SP Brewing Company’s head brewer, Bob Barrar, and Wawa’s manager of concept development and beverage guru, Michael McLaughlin, brings about a brand-new brew – Sunfest Strawberry Lemonade Shandy, a crushable, light-bodied shore beer with a touch of strawberry sweetness and a delightful pucker finish courtesy of Wawa’s fresh lemonade. Fans can find the brew at select Wawas. 

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Keshet Kitchen launches

Keshet Kitchen, a new Israeli restaurant owned by Chef Sharon Shvarzman, is now open at 705 E. Passyunk Ave. A contestant on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” who then became a proud winner of the “Great Food Truck Race,” Shvarzman’s passion for cooking has brought him to this moment of opening his own restaurant. For more information about Keshet Kitchen, visit keshetkitchen.com

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‘Fiber Stories’ to feature Philly artist

A new virtual exhibition and retail show spotlights almost 50 of the best fiber artists from across the country, showcasing their work and emphasizing the compelling stories behind the artform. “Fiber Stories,” created by the Society of Arts + Crafts, opens online July 16. The show highlights the full spectrum of fiber crafts, spanning traditional and avant garde materials and techniques related to the fiber arts and including knitting, weaving, basketry, felting and quilting. Artist Betsy Hershberg hand-knits fiber and beaded jewelry from her Philadelphia studio, using traditional knitted stitch making and her own original techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Check out societyofcrafts.org for details and to learn how to purchase items.

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New music

7Minutes24VR, the collaborative album/creative collective, consists of the dynamic producer crew 7Minutes2LA and burgeoning Dark Pop Duo 4VR. Their project and conglomerate, titled “7Minutes24VR” (pronounced Seven Minutes To Forever), dives into a bevy of dance music, spanning Garage, House, Jersey Club, as well as traditional pop and R&B showcasing a new blending of genres that will definitely prove all parties involved forces to be reckoned with. The project features contributions from Philly artist Miles Chancellor, R&B Band Rubber, RegoThereSheGo, AP The Plan, Rob Coard, Sad Marquise, South Jersey’s Ish Williams, and New York’s Nic Hanson. Follow them on social media: @7minutes2la and @weare4vr, and check out the album here:  smarturl.it/724vr

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They said it:

PW recently asked readers about Macy Gray’s call to redesign the American flag. Here’s what a few of you said:

  • No – keep our current Flag FOREVER!
  • No, our beloved flag represents so much good including the freedom to have this debate. Long may she wave!
  • Put one “Green Stripe” on it. And call it “New Glory.”
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