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Helen Gym resigns in advance of mayoral run 

Turns out yesterday’s full, 17-member complement of City Council members was destined to last fewer than 24 hours.

  • Activist-turned-lawmaker Helen Gym announced her resignation yesterday ahead of a likely mayoral bid — a long-expected move for the politician, who was the first Asian American woman on Council.

In advance of Gym joining the crowded mayoral race, Asha Prihar recaps how she became one of Philly’s most prominent progressive voices.

Councilmembers Helen Gym, Kendra Brooks, and Jamie Gauthier are introducing a trio of bills to protect abortion access in Philadelphia Credit: Twitter / @HelenGymAtLarge

We’re tailgating an Eagles game with Misconduct Tavern

Test your Philly sports knowledge at a BP Quizzo tailgate before the NFL-leading Eagles take on the Titans at Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m..

  • We’ll be setting up in Lot K with a big WHYY tent. Swing by to answer trivia questions about your favorite teams’ past, present, and future — you’ll win prizes and bragging rights.

The trivia contest will be running all morning through kickoff, with drinks courtesy of Misconduct Tavern. Free RSVP here. Go Birds, and see you there.

Fans tailgating outside Lincoln Financial Field Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

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A sign reading 'Philly Makers'
The Philly Makers booth at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 27: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 27 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,152: Shooting victims this year, 1% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 472: Year-to-date homicides, 7% down from last year’s pace; up 61% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney attends funeral services for the late Firefighter John Flood, who died from occupational cancer earlier this month after 28 years in the department (11 a.m.).


?? BP Quizzo is back! Join us at Padelphia on the Schuylkill River across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the apparently trendy racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

? Need a last minute Christmas card photo? Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar is letting your pup pose with Santa for free, with treats from dog-friendly confectionary Salty Paws. (1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3)

? Check out the treasures of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at the Young Friends’ open house, where you can get exclusive access to pieces of state history for just $10. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8)