The state's Office of the Attorney General will investigate Temple's business school over allegations it submitted false data to improve its U.S. News and World Report ranking. In a letter to the school, AG Josh Shapiro said the possible fraud is "especially troubling" because of the "significant commonwealth funding" Temple receives. The university fired the dean of the Fox School of Business last week over the findings of an internal investigation.
As the buzzy restaurant and bar scene clustered around 13th Street in Center City trickles east, venues are getting a bit more spacious. Case in point: sister restaurants Porta and Brickwall Tavern. Set up back-to-back on the 1200-block of Chestnut, there's enough room inside these spots for four different bars. In the minds of the proprietors, that was enough for an indoor bar crawl. Is the idea dumb or brilliant? We checked out the weekly "Twice is Right" promotion — here's our verdict.
Officials both past and present definitively say Philly does not have a water infrastructure crisis. So what's behind the rash of big water main breaks? As Billy Penn reported in 2015, the city has more than 3,000 miles of mains that are, on average, 78 years old. But it's complicated. And you can take comfort in knowing Philadelphia has one of the best scoring systems to replace pipes in the country, per PlanPhilly.
- After 24 years, the last-ever Bastille Day celebration took place at Eastern State Penitentiary. Both Twitter and Instagram are full of great pics.
- This pitch competition, happening July 19 in Center City, focuses on black and brown female entrepreneurs.
- During a campaign event in Philly, Bob Casey talked about Trump’s Supreme Court picks — but didn’t bring up Roe v. Wade.
- Wanamaker’s Grand Court at Macy’s is now the third Philly interior protected by the Historical Commission.
- Want to run those #AskKenney twitter chats? Apply to be the city’s Digital Director.
- One year ago, this nine-year-old schooled Marc Vetri on how to cook an omelet.
🏙️ At the Free Library, Dr. Elizabeth Milroy will talk about her book The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, which looks at how William Penn's relatively modest vision for a "greene country towne" grew into the city with one of the largest park systems in the U.S. (Monday, July 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
🐅 At the Philadelphia Zoo's new Wild Nights event series for adults, you can learn about animals while sipping on drinks. The first is "Night in the Tropics," with rainforest trivia and animal meet-and-greets. (Tuesday, July 17, 6 to 9 p.m.)
🎬 The Riverfront North Partnership is screening free outdoor movies this summer. The first will be Despicable Me 3 at Bridesburg Rec — RSVP to enter the raffle. Kids activities start at 7 p.m., movie starts at sundown. (Tuesday, July 17)
👮 A Mural Arts ceremony in Brewerytown will mark the dedication of a new community mural honoring Sgt. Robert Wilson III, a Philadelphia police officer who was killed while protecting others in 2015. (Thursday, July 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
💞 To celebrate Tu B'Av, aka the Jewish Day of Love, a group of local orgs are hosting a beach party for folks in their 20s and 30s. Your $18 ticket includes a Caribbean barbecue and an open bar with daiquiris and pina coladas. (Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. to midnight)
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