Philly modes of transit (Instagram/@thedudewhopaints)

Policing the hot topic at Chinatown listening session

At a meeting last night, a group of Chinatown residents, business owners, and community development leaders discussed gun violence and public safety.

  • Crafting questions for Philly’s mayoral contenders was the goal of the meeting, organized by WHYY, CeaseFirePA, and Billy Penn in advance of our candidate forum, which will be streamed live on March 1.

The conversation ranged from stop and frisk to education access, Jordan Levy reports, with some noting it might take decades to truly turn things around.

→ “We need a strong mayor”

A group convened in Chinatown Thursday night to discuss public safety and the mayoral election (Jordan Levy/Billy Penn)

Disney takes over the Franklin Institute with 100 years of ‘magic’

A tale as old as time — well, at least a hundred years — opens tomorrow at the Franklin Institute.

Asha Prihar has a preview of what to look for, from early sketches of Mickey and Minnie to an 11-ft. model of the Nautilus to Cinderella’s glass slipper.

→ 5 cool exhibits in the show

Animators used this jointed wooden puppet as a reference model when creating ”Pinocchio” in 1940. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing public for Philly’s 99th mayor today. Yesterday Kenney did end up joining Shapiro for the governor’s announcement about refusing to sign any death warrants, which he made at Mosaic Community Church in West Philly.


🍺 Billy Penn Quizzo: Our monthly trivia night is back! We’re at Attic Brewing in Germantown this month, with three rounds of questions, happy hour specials, and great prizes for the winners. Free RSVP here. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28)

🍩 Get a jump on celebrating Fastnacht Day, aka the German Mardi Gras, at a party at the German Society’s retro ratskeller on Spring Garden. $15 tickets include one drink. (8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18)

🪘 Presidents Day brings special activities for kids at the Weitzman Jewish Museum on Independence Mall, like music, crafts, and performances. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20)