Ryannah Quigley was visiting Philly from Seattle for the Creating Change Conference over the weekend when she was assaulted by a man yelling gay slurs, according to an NBC10 report. Quigley, a transgender woman, was at 13th and Filbert after a day at the LGBTQ social justice conference when the attack took place. She began recording on Facebook Live after the man told her, among other things, "You'll never be a real woman." Police arrested the man Sunday in Frankford. Read Billy Penn's report from last summer on violence against transgender people in Philadelphia.
Sbraga and the Fat Ham shut down with just a day's notice last week — for both customers and employees. Both restaurants were critically acclaimed, garnering three bells from the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan and plaudits from other critics. So what happened? No one knows for sure except Kevin Sbraga, and he declined to elaborate. Some Sbraga Dining staffers shared their perspectives.
A group of Philly public school teachers has a week-long Black Lives Matter curriculum planned, and others are invited to join. The Caucus of Working Educators developed activities like "The Revolution is Always Now" coloring pages and science lessons about skin tones. The lessons aren't mandatory, or even sanctioned by the teachers union, as the Inquirer reported. The paper also noted, for some reason, that Philly police union president John McNesby doesn't like the idea.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||After a smashing Kickstarter campaign and two years of work, the philanthropic restaurant from the folks behind Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry is finally opening its doors. Look out for chef Erin O'Shea's breakfast biscuit and BLT (that's bacon, ~latke~ and tomato), plus the namesake soups and desserts like coconut cream pie. All profits benefit Broad Street Hospitality Collective.|
|Where||Rooster Soup Co. at 1526 Sansom St.|
|When||January 23, 2017 at 8:00 am|
|How much||Pay as you go|
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Basically the only thing everyone can agree on about the soda tax is that it's confusing. The tax is on distributors, but some stores are passing it down to customers. Sugary drinks are subject to the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax, but many shoppers report being taxed for 100% juice. ShopRite was so confused it taxed people for hot sauce. So there's just one way to settle this. When you purchase a sugary drink, answer these five simple questions. We're going to map the soda tax.
The Eagles aren't in the Super Bowl. Again. So the closest Philly will get to the big game in Houston in two weeks is Matt Ryan. The Atlanta QB, and likely NFL MVP, hails from Exton. New England fullback James Develin is from West Chester, so yes, Chester County is as close as we're getting to the Super Bowl on either team. Sigh. (Technically Patriots CB Logan Ryan, from Berlin, NJ, might be the closest player to Philly. Double sigh.) Matty Ice is still a big deal in Philly after graduating from William Penn Charter High School in 2003. They. Are. Excited. Wonder what that feels like...