Past rape charges and allegations of inappropriate relationships surface against PA Board of Ed chair
Larry Wittig has been on Pennsylvania's Board of Education since 2001. He was named chair in 2011. He resigned his rowing coach position in 1984 amid an investigation into his relationship with a student, who has gone on record to say that relationship was not consensual, given his role as her coach. Another woman says she was 16 when she had a relationship with 29-year-old Witting. And when Wittig was 21, he was charged with raping a 15-year-old, and ultimately found not guilty. When Philly.com began investigating the claims, Wittig tried to distance himself from the Board of Education. But he's still the chairman. Read their full story.
Brace yourself. You're about to encounter all your out-of-town relatives and they have some questions for you about Philly. They’ll ask if you’ve eaten a good cheesesteak lately. They’ll mention the crime and filth. The Eagles play on Christmas, so maybe you’ll even get a snowballs-at-santa reference. We know there's lots to be proud of this year, but here are 11 specific things about Philly you can
shove in your relatives' faces kindly mention at the dinner table. Yes, the list includes trash cans.
Protip for last-minute holiday shopping this weekend: head up to Peddler's Village. Because of all the cool crafty gifts there, sure, but also because it's 10 minuts away from Curiosity Doughnuts, home to the best fried dough treats in the region. If you go, you'll get a chance to try something entirely new. It's called a supercake donut, and it's worth the trip.
We've had some fun with the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl this season, but last night's game was serious business for Temple, beating up on FIU 28-3 to win just their third bowl game in school history. Yes, the game is named after a pirate who once tried to steal a naval warship (he failed) and all the players did get gifts that include sunglasses and neck pillows, but they also got the thrill of hoisting a trophy, which is pretty special for a team that finished the season 7-6. Here are highlights from last night's big Temple win in St. Petersburg.
Boathouse Row will light up for Kwanzaa for the first time ever. MLK Drive will be closed to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive at 5 p.m., and a drum line procession from Paine’s Park to the Fish Ladder will begin soon after.
Where: Boathouse Row at Fairmount Fish Ladder, Schuylkill River Trail, 19131
When: December 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Billy Penn Likes
In 2014, the Huffington Post hailed the tiny 1700-block of Addison Street as “arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast.” People get engaged on the block so frequently that neighbors keep champagne on hand. But when some longtime residents moved out, the tradition of keeping the block decked in lights nearly died. And then a new neighbor stepped up.
If you don't celebrate Christmas or just can't get into the holiday spirit, you can still appreciate Christmas desserts. Bakeries all over the city have their own specials and stand-outs, but the Yule log cake at Night Kitchen Bakery might be the most elaborate. The Chestnut Hill shop's top holiday seller starts with a layer of ethereal chocolate sponge cake rolled carefully around fresh whipped cream. Mocha buttercream frosting is next, raked with a fork to create the look of bark. Then the accessories — tons of them. Real holly from the tree out back. Hand-painted characters cut from fondant. Mushrooms of meringue and a bow on top. Watch them make one and try not to drool.