Best tunes, videos of 2017, Philly combines lawsuit against Defense Dept.

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The Very Best of 2017

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Lil Uzi Vert plays at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club at April 2017. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

‘Tis the season for sharing your own  personal “best of” lists together with family members and friends. What was your favorite book? Which music rocked your world?

Our staff has rounded up their favorites, in Philly’s own Lil Uzi Vert to movies for the #MeToo age. Now, let the heated debate begin!

  • Where to Watch Them

Black-owned bookstores Searching for a comeback

After struggling to survive all too recently, two black-owned clubs in Philadelphia — only one considered to be the nation’s oldest   — would be staging a comeback.

Two years back, Hakim’s Bookstore at West Philadelphia almost closed. Before this season Black and Nobel thought they may need to close, also.

But with just a little community help and a couple of innovative retail strategies, they’re both hoping to keep their traditions alive.

Philly sues Defense Dept. over gun-check system failures

New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia have awakened to file a federal lawsuit against the Department of Defense. The lawsuit argues that numerous service members that are disqualified from gun possession weren’t reported on the national background check program.

The lawsuit follows a month’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which a former U.S. Air Force member managed to get a rifle and kill 26 churchgoers. Even the Air Force failed to alert the FBI into the shooter’s criminal history, which ought to have prevented the purchase.

“The background check system only works if it includes the appropriate documents,” Mayor Jim Kenney said of this lawsuit.

What you want to understand today

  • Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 overall draft choice, is nearly ready to go back to the court. 1 thing we know is he won’t be on the seat for extended.
  • Improving one’s wellbeing is a timeless New Year’s resolution that never goes out of fashion. Get in front of the curve with all these 2017).

Through Your Own Eyes | #OurPhilly

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That’s Fascinating

  • A freshman couple from Temple composed a parody of all Rupi Kaur’s best-selling poetry publication Milk and Honeyfeaturing the words of famous Vines. It  merely turned into a best seller, also.
  • If you’re led to The Nutcracker’s final performance this year, you’re in for a treat: the dancers traditionally add inside jokes into the holiday classic in party.

Opinions

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“This is simply wrong. Individuals who never forget a day of work should not get certificates and awards. They need to be publicly shamed. — Writer and librarian Roz Warren educates you to remain home from work in case you’re sick, for everybody’s sake.

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The biggest art heist in U.S. history observed $500 million worth of artwork stolen from a Boston museum, and the loot was monitored to Philly. Currently time running out to accumulate 10 million for advice about the cold situation.

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