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Philly teens cast doubt on city’s new permanent curfew

City Council is about to make permanent the city’s earlier curfew for minors, in an effort to stem violence involving Philadelphians younger than 18.

  • Philly teens find the intended outcome unlikely. We spoke with five local highschoolers, and they echoed what studies have found in other cities — that curfews aren’t an effective deterrent.

Plus, “If we do get stopped, I don’t think our stories would be heard,” one student told Jordan Levy. Check out what else the teens had to say.

Friends joke around outside Constitution High School in Center City Credit: Nathan Morris / Billy Penn

Call for Harriet Tubman statue artists — and for officials to depart

Philadelphia has opened bidding for a statue of Harriet Tubman to live outside City Hall, WHYY reports. You can apply here through Jan. 26.

  • But controversy has dogged the process. An earlier statue was only temporary, so arts officials commissioned a permanent one from its creator, only to backtrack after outcry over the closed process.

Results of a survey asking if it should be a different historical figure came back in favor of Tubman — but the city initially misreported the results. Advocates told The Inquirer they want arts officials in charge removed from the process.

The temporary sculpture of Harriet Tubman outside City Hall was a traveling exhibit by Wesley Wofford. Credit: Conrad Benner / Streets Dept

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The tree in front of City Hall — which is kind of short and squat this year, but still robust and tastefully decorated — gets lit up for the season tonight, and Mayor Kenney joins the party, which features singer Montell Jordan and the Ukraine Children’s Choir (7 p.m.).


? Eagles tailgate with Billy Penn + Misconduct Tavern: Join us at the Linc this weekend before the Birds take on the Titans. Answer a sports trivia question, win a prize, with drinks and snacks for all. Free RSVP here.

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

? Christmas card pic for dog lovers: Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar lets your pup pose with Santa for free, with treats from canine 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. Tix are $10. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8)