August 14: Pool season ending | US Airways-American merger lawsuit | Cargo bikes on Spring Garden | Drexel homestead | 5 projects improving Philly

It’s a beautiful Wednesday, Streeters, make the most of it. Here’s what’s making news today:

If you don’t think summer is creeping to an end, consider this: Public pools will begin closing for the season this week, Parks and Rec announced via Facebook.

The Department of Justice has moved to prevent the US Airways and American Airlines merger on anti-trust grounds, The New York Times’ DealBook reports. Attorneys general from Washington DC and six states – including Pennsylvania – joined the civil antitrust lawsuit. “A report by the Government Accountability Office in June found that the planned merger would reduce competition in a far larger number of airports than earlier airline mergers.”

Cargo bikes have taken the place of Colosimo’s Gun Shop on Spring Garden near 9th Street in East Poplar. The Daily News checks in on Firth & Wilson (now renting from Colosimo) and the shop’s mission to sell bikes for transporting kids or goods and help city families escape from car dependency.

As more commercial development spreads from nearby Northern Liberties and Fishtown into the Poplars, Naked Philly looks into the possibility that Federal Donuts could come to 7th and Fairmount, a tidbit that Foobooz reported.

Saint Katharine Drexel’s family home and pilgrimage chapel on Aria Health Torresdale’s campus will not be disturbed during construction at Aria’s emergency department. The Northeast Times looks back at the Drexel family’s Northeast roots and Aria’s assurances. [via NEast Philly]

Philly Post takes a stab at naming five projects that are changing Philly for the better: extensions of Schuylkill Banks, Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund projects, reuse of the Roxy Theater, efforts to repair and care for John Coltrane’s house in Strawberry Mansion, and the forthcoming American Goddess Museum. (Yes. Goddess.) What would be on your list?

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