Bicycles on Boathouse Row (Instagram/@gpatomk) 

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An update on everyone arrested during 2020 protests in Philly

Three years after protests rocked Philadelphia in the wake of police killings of Black people, what happened to the people arrested in connection?

  • All told, over 800 people were charged. A trio of more serious offenders have been sentenced to prison, but the majority were assigned community service, thanks to a new diversionary program.  

And so far, no police officer charged for inappropriate protest response has been found guilty. Jordan Levy breaks down all the details.

Protesters block the passage of a prisoner transport bus in Philadelphia on May 30, 2020. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Top picks for Memorial Day weekend food and fun

Summer in the city! Philly welcomes the unofficial start of the season with a variety of outdoor events, from a night market to a serene garden bar.

  • New restaurants also beckon for a visit, including a Fishtown ice cream purveyor who loves cereal-inspired flavors, and a Center City sushi bar with a 15-piece omakase for under $100.

Plus, the Renaissance Faire returns to Fort Mifflin, and there’s an Alice in Wonderland brunch. BP food and drink reporter Ali Mohsen has all the details.

Glass filled with a bright orange cocktail, garnished with a slice of pineapple, sitting on a table in front of a pineapple.
Pineapple cocktail from the Pod Park at the Piazza. (Kory Aversa)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Shuttered in April over asbestos concerns, Frankford High School won’t reopen this academic year — and could stay closed next year, too. The district expects to find more damaged asbestos; there are 16 more reinspections to go. [NBC10/Chalkbeat]

• You might be able to pay for SEPTA rides by swiping your phone or credit card later this year, thanks to a $22 million fare box upgrade. It’s the latest twist in the agency’s long journey to electronic payment.  [WHYY/Billy Penn]

• Dawud Bey’s father was a major drug trafficker; Bey himself went to prison for selling cocaine and threatening witnesses. Now a prominent developer, he’s getting ready to build workforce housing on 50 vacant lots in Grays Ferry and Point Breeze. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]

• Six months post-retirement, Action News icon Jim Gardner has launched a podcast. Among his first interviewees: Gov. Shapiro and former Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright. [BP 2022/6ABC]

• RIP legend Tina Turner, who died at 83 at her home in Switzerland. In 1985, she filmed the video for “One of the Living,” in Philly at Eastern State Penitentiary. [Rolling Stone/YouTube]

• Stephen Starr’s name is on new menus for Acela passengers, with dishes like Buddakan’s black pepper beef from Buddakan and Continental’s sesame noodles. [Amtrak]


The Philly School District celebrates graduating seniors who’ve committed to a post-secondary pathway (college, military, trade school, a job) at the annual “Our Class, Our Future” event, and Mayor Kenney joins the ceremonies at the South Philly SuperSite (11:45 a.m.).


📚 Satisfy high school nostalgia at the inaugural Grown Ass Book Fair at Latchkey on East Passyunk, with zines, adult “lunchables,” a Polaroid photo booth, tarot card readings, and tamagotchis. (12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27)

🌈 Snag your tickets before they disappear for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s free Pride concert at the Kimmel Center, featuring works by LGBTQ composers and a pre-show cabaret. (7 p.m. Saturday, June 3)