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Councilmember Johnson bribery trial begins today

The second federal corruption trial of a member of Philadelphia City Council in months begins today, following the conviction of Bobby Henon last fall.

  • Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and his wife, consultant Dawn Chavous, face two counts of wire fraud related to alleged real estate development dealings in South Philadelphia.

Both have maintained their innocence from the start, Jordan Levy reports, but face up to 40 years behind bars and half a million dollars in fines.

Cool new ‘knot’ sculpture rises at Ben Franklin Bridge

A new piece of public art is being installed on the Delaware River waterfront between the Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier.

  • Called “Weaver’s Knot: Sheet Bend,” the piece comprises two giant loops of steel balls suspended from masts that match the bridge. It’s like one of those perpetual motion desk toys crossed with a Möbius strip.

It won’t be officially complete until April, Streets Dept reports, but it’s already a very striking presence.

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MAYOR WATCH: Mar. 21, 2022

Mayor Kenney joins PHS at FDR Park to announce details of the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show, which will be held outdoors again this year (10 a.m.). He then joins Council President Clarke and other officials at City Hall to share details about summer programming and job opportunities available to Philadelphia youth and young adults (12:30 p.m.).

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🦐 Cray Taste Old City, the sister outpost of the North Philly soul food restaurant, hosts a night of live standup comedy, with BYOB welcomed. (7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

📰 Billy Penn partner event: Deputy editor Beatrice Forman helps moderate “Shift the Narrative: A Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting,” presented by PCGVR, PABJ, Young Chances Foundation, and Philly Truce. (1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1)

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