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Why a former Philly councilmember just got 3.5 years in prison

Former Councilmember Bobby Henon was sentenced yesterday to 3.5 years in prison plus 3 years supervised release, along with community service and thousands in fines.

  • Found guilty of taking bribes from IBEW Local 98 leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty — the judge described him as Doc’s “minion” — Henon apologized and maintained he never meant to break the law.

The 42-month sentence was on the shorter end compared to similar corruption prosecutions in the past, Meir Rinde reports. 

→ How Henon got in trouble and what’s next 

Bobby Henon, left, and his attorney Brian McMonagle, walking to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia in October 2021. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Real art project mirrors ‘Abbott Elementary’ Mural Arts episode

The latest episode of “Abbott Elementary” features Mural Arts, and the storyline mirrors a recent project at show creator Quinta Brunson’s former school.

  • The gym at West Philly’s Alexander Hamilton used to be “dark, heavy, and gloomy,” said the former principal there. In 2018, she managed to connect with artist and educator Shira Walinsky.

Together with the students and community volunteers, the muralist worked with donated paint to transform the space, BP intern Kira Wang reports.

Art imitates life, and students benefit  

Andrew Hamilton students in 2019, working on the Shira Walinsky mural to brighten their gym. (Courtesy Shira Walinsky)


Mayor Kenney makes his final budget address to City Council, presenting the FY2024 budget and the city’s 5-year financial plan (10 a.m.). You can review the documents here and watch the presentation on PHLgovTV. We’ll have a summary of takeaways tomorrow.


🎨 Portraits of iconic women in the arts by Philadelphia painter Nataliya Yermolenko are featured in this month’s Maker Series at the Hyatt Centric Center City. Meet the artist at an opening reception with free snacks. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2)

📐 Printmaking is alive and vibrant in a digital age. That’s the theme behind the inaugural printPHILLY, a free all-day fair hosted at UArts with over 50 artists, print shops, and nonprofits showcasing work. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4)

🖼️ A new show at the Barnes called “Tell Me What You Remember” showcases South African painters Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye, who join the curator for a preview conversation about their work. (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4)