A new report from City & State and Philly Weekly finds that Philly cops rarely face disciplinary action for misconduct, even when it was unnecessarily violent, like pistol-whipping a driver pulled over for a traffic violation. When Philadelphia Police officers do get officially investigated by Internal Affairs — something that happened for around 15 percent of 8,555 complaints reviewed — most end up just getting sent to counseling. The city's system "rarely imposes punishment, even when there is a finding," a defense attorney familiar with the process said.
If you've been on Instagram lately, you probably haven't been able to escape it — either because your friends tagged themselves there or because it keeps showing up at the top of your location list. The new most popular geotag in the Philly area is a place called "All You Can Eat Crab Legs." People all over the city have started using the tag as a joke, and even more people have commented wondering where the tag came from. We poked around and found out. The AYCE crab legs tag originated at Center City bar Tavern on Broad, then went viral thanks to a serendipitous combination of location + algorithm + Eagles parade.
Last year around this time, the U.S. government had just begun to enact policies that made many immigrants fear for their safety and longevity in this country. One year later, many of those same fears remain. If you want to help — by donating or hosting a fundraising event — it's not always immediately clear which local orgs do what. Here's Billy Penn's comprehensive guide to groups offering assistance or advocacy for Philly immigrants, including info like mission, operating budget and where your money goes.
If you've been holding out on parking tickets dated before 2013, you're in luck. Starting tomorrow, you can sign up here to have them forgiven. The PPA amnesty program, which runs through April of this year, also offers discounts on towing and storage fees from 2014 or earlier. There are some caveats, like you have to agree to payment plans for more recent violations, but all in all it's likely a good deal. More details from NBC10 here.
The West Philadelphia Orchestra is welcoming Philly Klezmer All-Stars Susan Watz and Dan Blacksberg for a special show celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim. Expect plenty of traditional songs mixed with plenty of music that you can dance to. Food and drink will be available to purchase.
Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St., 19104
When: March 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15