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Dispelling criminal justice narratives with cold hard data

The Philadelphia Bail Fund is making an interactive data portal that displays bail information for every Philly defendant.

  • Five city zip codes in North and West Philadelphia accounted for nearly a third of all bail paid last year, according to the tool, which uses info collected from court records for every person charged in the city.

Set to go public next year, the tool is part of an effort to show cash bail doesn’t further public safety, PBF Executive Director Salih Israil told Jordan Levy.

History of the Philadelphia County Fair, and its modern cousin

Pennsylvania is home to well over a hundred county and local fairs, but you won’t find any of them in Philly — at least, not anymore.

  • From 1912 through the ’20s, the Philadelphia County Fair in Byberry took up 100 acres and was the talk of the town, drawing people to the midway with horse racing, balloon rides, and giant vegetables.

There was also a modern incarnation in Fairmount Park, Asha Prihar reports, with the annual pie-baking contests and fair activities continuing through 2014.

An overhead view of the Goshen County Fair in Chester County, which continues to this day. Philly’s last county fair was in 2004. Credit: Facebook / Goshen County Fair

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney and other city, state, and federal officials host a reception at City Hall to thank everyone involved in Operation Allies Welcome, the effort to resettle people fleeing Afghanistan (5 p.m.). As of March, when the operation officially ended, PHL Airport had welcomed nearly 30,000 people.


? Join us for BP Quizzo this week! We’re heading to the South Philly sports complex at Sports & Social, where cohosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

? Vino & Vinyl night takes over Stratus Rooftop Lounge across from Independence Hall, with a DJ and roller skating dancers. Tix start at $20. (5 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18)

? Siddiq’s Water Ice (winner of BP’s 2016 Frozen Treats Bracket) hosts free movie Fridays on 60th Street in West Philly. This week it’s “Annie”; next week is “Encanto.” (4 p.m. pop-up starts, 7 p.m. movie, Friday, Aug. 19)