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Court says city didn’t follow rules with Columbus statue

After nearly 3 years of legal wrangling, the box has been removed from the Christopher Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza.

  • Commonwealth Court ruled against the city in two pending cases, saying the Kenney admin had other options and didn’t follow proper public input procedures.

To reverse these rulings, BP contributor Emily Neil reports, the city would have to convince the Pa. Supreme Court to take up an appeal.

The Marconi Plaza Christopher Columbus statue on a December morning, a day after a Commonwealth Court ruled Philadelphia must remove its plywood container Credit: Emily Neil for Billy Penn

The Washington press corps is rife with Eagles fans

In the cutthroat world of DC political reporting, there’s apparently one thing that brings journalists together: the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Birds fans are found throughout the Capitol press corps, per a story in The Ringer — and it’s not because of this impressive 12-1 season. They all keep in touch via an email thread that’s been going since 2017.

Several members of DC’s so-called “secret society” are named, but The Ringer doesn’t say where their fandom came from, so we sussed out some details.

The Philadelphia Eagles fly celebratory flags after winning Super Bowl LII Credit: Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

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The story you didn’t read

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  • Good news for fans of Eyes Gallery: The landmark South Street boutique, which was badly damaged by the July fire that gutted Jim’s Steaks, is targeting a spring reopening.


Mayor Kenney joins other officials in West Philly at a groundbreaking ceremony for $3 million in improvements for a Cobbs Creek Nature Playground and Cobbs Creek Environmental Center (9:30 a.m.). Afternoon brings the mayor to the Penn Museum, where he joins the Mexican Consulate to recognize the bicentennial of Mexico-United States diplomatic relations (4 p.m.).


?? 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)

? Philadelphia 250 reveals 11 finalists in its “Leave a Legacy” project supporting community ideas for the U.S. semiquincentennial. Free afternoon showcase at The Barnes (2:30 p.m.) followed by ticketed party. (7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14)

? Acclaimed chef Ange Branca, formerly of Sate Kampar, hosts a series of tasting dinners featuring Japanese Wagyu beef. $200 per person includes seven courses plus a cocktail. (Wednesday, Dec. 14, and other dates)