Sending kids to adult prison; Location for new Sixers arena?; Starbucks closing Center City cafe | Morning roundup

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Two 14-year-olds have so far turned themselves in for the beating death of James Lambert, a lifelong city resident who left behind a grieving sister.

  • A Pa. law inspired by the superpredator myth popular in the 1980s — and known as “statutory exclusion” — means authorities have no say in whether to file adult murder charges against the youths.

The law often results in kids at adult prisons instead of juvenile facilities, Jordan Levy reports, making them more likely to end up following a life of crime.

A recent survey sent to Philly area residents listed three potential locations for a new Sixers stadium: the Fashion District, the Navy Yard, and Camden, N.J.

  • The 76er’s Wells Fargo Center lease expires in 2031, and a team spokesperson said they’re still “exploring options” after losing a 2020 bid for a stadium site on the Delaware River waterfront.

The franchise declined to take credit for the poll, but Jordan Levy breaks down what we know about their search for a new home.

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  • Mail ballot applications for the Nov. 8 general election opened yesterday. Any registered voter in the state can request a ballot without an explanation, even as the law is being challenged by the Republican lawmakers who originally approved it. [PA Voter Services/NPR]
  • Gov nominee Doug Mastriano is getting the movie star treatment in a new documentary set to premiere next week, but several theaters are refusing to screen it. [YouTube/$Inquirer]
  • Citing safety concerns and drug use in bathrooms, Starbucks is permanently closing its 10th and Chestnut location, along with 15 others around the country. The coffee giant, which is fighting a wave of unionizations, is also reversing the open restrooms policy put in place after two Black men were arrested at a Philly Starbucks in 2018 while waiting for a colleague. [6ABC/PhillyVoice/Billy Penn]
  • After a successful test phase — where Wawa, Penn Med, and Drexel bought Key cards in bulk to distribute to workers for free — SEPTA Is opening the program to other organizations. Applications are now being accepted. [WHYY/Jawnt]
  • Craving jollof rice? A new Nigerian food truck has landed outside the Roosevelt Mall — with a chef who got his start at the iconic Jewish grocery store Zabars. [Philly Grub]
  • Wharton-born Insomnia Cookies is soft launching its new line of ice creams, and Philly locations will offer flavors ranging from standard vanilla to something called Dreamweaver, which folds double chocolate chunk cookies into purple cream. [Wooder Ice]

After a banner day of cutting ribbons yesterday, Mayor Kenney has no public appearances on his schedule for today.

🍺 BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

⚖️ Mural Arts is honoring the civil rights legacy of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. with a new design to be painted overlooking Chestnut at 45th Street. Swing by for free Federal Donuts and a tour of the “Social Justice Mural Corridor.” (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 15)

🇺🇦 Join Triple Bottom Brewing as they release their latest beer: the Volya Summer Lager, which was created in partnership with the Ukrainian league to fundraise as the war barrels on. Also at the Ukie Club: live music and a stacked raffle. (6 p.m. Saturday, July 16)

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