Philly ports prepare; Sneaker and coffee cafe; Weekly gun violence brief

Philly ports prep for impact of Baltimore bridge collapse

In the wake of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, shipping routes and highway traffic will be disrupted for the foreseeable future, and Philly officials are preparing to adjust for the economic changes.

First, officials expressed confidence in the safety of the river crossings at Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges. The Port of Philadelphia also anticipated the likely need to absorb rerouted shipping routes. [WHYYx2] 

Ships could be diverted to Philly after the Baltimore bridge collapse. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Fishtown couple’s love of sneakers and coffee leads to joint cafe 

Sneakerheads and caffeine connoisseurs gain a shared destination with Encanto Kicks & Coffee, the recently opened café, sneaker and apparel store at 2110 E Norris Street in Fishtown.

Husband-and-wife owners Louis and Aiyana Quiles offer a menu of drip coffee, espressos, cortados, cappuccinos, three specialty drinks, and Puerto Rican baked goods against a backdrop of sneaker brands and limited editions, like a Bad Bunny collab. BP’s Ali Mohsen takes us inside the new store. Continue reading…

Encanto Kicks & Coffee, on 2110 E Norris Street, offers Puerto Rican coffee and limited edition sneakers. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

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• Another sign that the 2024 election season is kicking into gear: Pa. Democrats began opening coordinated campaign offices across the state. [Capital-Star]

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