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Mistrial in Councilmember Johnson federal bribery case

With the jury deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial in the federal bribery case against Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and consultant wife Dawn Chavous.

  • Prosecutors vowed to bring the case back to court, while lawyers for the couple said the case “never should have been brought in the first place” for lack of evidence.

South Philly residents told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch they had their minds made up before the trial began — and don’t expect much change because of it.

The places you do or don’t have to mask up in Philadelphia

It’s confusing AF out there when it comes to where you’re required to wear a mask in Philadelphia.

  • On the same day Philly’s mandate was reinstated, a federal ruling means masks aren’t required on public transit or Amtrak for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.

It’s not required on planes, but what about PHL Airport? PATCO? Megabus? SEPTA stations? We’re keeping a list of the current rules here.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Corinthian Gardens next to Eastern State Penitentiary

Corinthian Gardens next to Eastern State Penitentiary

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 65: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 46 the week prior [PPD Google Drive]
  • 630: Shooting victims this year, up 5% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 142: Year-to-date homicides, down 6% from last year [Philly Police]


Nothing on the sked so far for Mayor Kenney. Tomorrow he joins Washington Post at 1:30 p.m. for a virtual Q&A to discuss the Philly mask mandate.



🍻 Billy Penn Philly Quizzo with Newbold Exchange: Our monthly trivia night heads to South Philadelphia this month — and there’s free beer for everyone who registers! Test your local knowledge and win prizes while hanging out at a new coworking space in a former silent motion picture house. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28)

🌼 It’s the first weekend for Spring in LOVE, a pop-up marketplace in Love Park featuring dozens of mostly Black and brown vendors. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22-23)

🍷 A wine tasting, a silent auction, a dessert table and live music are part of a fundraiser for Ukraine at The Fallser Club in East Falls. Tickets are $50. (6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23)

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