Police officers were breaking up a street fight in Southwest Philly Monday when video captured a female officer taking 16-year-old Johnnae Pendleton to the ground and punching her in the face. The scene went viral, with national news networks sharing the recording. Pendleton told 6ABC she was trying to help her friend's mother when the officer started "dragging me by my hair, banging my head on the ground, on the car, punching me, sat on top of me and was punching me in my face. Police commissioner Richard Ross said Pendleton and the officer both said Pendleton hit the officer in the face and knocked off her glasses. "It's just an ugly situation from start to finish," he said.
Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens made the list of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced late Tuesday. Dawkins is the Eagles’ all-time leader in games played for a defender, interceptions and forced fumbles and is in the top six in tackles. He’s one of three players this season to be named a finalist in his first year on the ballot. Owens played just two years in Philly, but the NFL’s second-leading receiver in history surely had a huge impact in Philly, driveway sit-ups notwithstanding. No more than five of the 15 modern-era finalists will be enshrined this year. Check out the full list.
Things are in a bit of a limbo stage with SEPTA Key, the fare payment system that’s expected to lead to the death of tokens and usher users into the 21st century. It’s been a lengthy process compounded by messaging from SEPTA last summer that made it sound as though the Key was being launched in its entirety. Long story short: It still has not fully launched. But you can still experiment with it. We asked SEPTA some of the most common questions we’re hearing and seeing from transit users in the city, and address those questions here, including how you can still get one and why lines have been so long for single rides.
Ground has been broken on the elevated public park planned for the old Reading Viaduct. This repeating first Wednesday happy hour will help grow awareness of the project and also raise funds — 20% of proceeds go to support construction. Specials include $7 Ryed The Rails cocktails. Pre-registration requested.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St. 19107
When: January 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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The Philadelphia Soda Tax went into effect Sunday, and the rise in prices of many drinks throughout the city has caught quite a few people off guard. But what drinks are possibly going to cost more because of the tax? Well, a lot of them. Any drink containing a sugar-based sweetener (i.e. natural sugar, high fructose corn syrup) falls under the tax, as does any drink with an artificial sweetener. Some of the few exceptions are drinks comprised of greater than 50 percent milk or greater than 50 percent fruit or vegetables or a combination of both. Here’s a list of some of the most popular beverages likely to cost you more — and the few that won’t.
How did you spend the first day of 2017? Our Danya Henninger woke up at 6:30 in the morning and put on a costume, then spent the entire day dancing through the streets of Philadelphia. By the time she returned home, more than 15 hours had passed. Yep, she was a Mummer this year. And it turns out it's much more fun being in the parade than watching it.