Recently, drivers in Philly seem to be on a tear of pounding their vehicles into buildings. In the past eight weeks, at least seven vehicle/building crashes have occurred in the city — three of them since the beginning of July alone. What the heck is happening? We have no idea. To illustrate the extent of this unfortunate trend, here's a roundup of the recent occurrences of this all-too-familiar news update.
If the name Donte Rumph rings a bell for football fans, he was the guy who famously camped outside the Falcons training facility after being cut in 2014, when he was already popular from his time on the HBO reality series Hard Knocks. Rumph faded from the public eye as he fought his way back from injury, playing for arena and indoor football teams, including a stretch with the Philadelphia Soul. So now the lineman is in Philly — and is gunning for a shot with the Eagles.
One year ago today, we told the story of Anastasio “Stas” Botsaris, the Philly native who ran Phoebe's BBQ on South Street. Now in his late 30s, he fell into hard drugs early — he dad's involvement with the Greek mafia didn't help. He successfully kept his lifestyle hidden from his customers and other people in the restaurant world, but after he got clean, he realized he wanted more out of life. So he sold his 'cue joint to go work in recovery, and help others do the same.
- Pa. AG Josh Shapiro is investigating the allegations that Temple's business school falsified data to improve its ranking.
- More than a dozen protesters were arrested outside the Berks County Detention Center on Sunday.
- The prosecution of alleged war criminals in Philadelphia is "triggering a reaction" in Liberia.
- A headstone for Joyce Craig, the city's first woman firefighter to die in the line of duty, was dedicated over the weekend. After she died in 2014, there was a fundraising effort to help her two kids.
- Stadium Casino, the one coming to Packer Ave. in South Philly, could potentially go live with online betting before it's even built.
- After the World Cup final, Brauhaus Schmitz replayed Super Bowl LII on a big screen on South Street and things got predictably nuts.
Through Tuesday, Mayor Kenney will be in Québec City, meeting with local officials as well as leaders in the tech and education fields. He's taking a tour of the World Heritage Site there, and attending pitch meetings with businesses interested in developing trade. Staff from Philly's Dept. of Commerce are then heading to Montreal for additional meetings and exploration.
🐅 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 creature 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)
🌭 This should be a sight. Dachshunds and similar pups will compete in Lucky's Annual Wiener Race at Pretzel Park in Manayunk. The family-friendly event will have food and beer for sale, and proceeds benefit PAWS. (Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.)
👮 A 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 BBQ and an open bar with daiquiris and coladas. (Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. to midnight)
🚀 Calling all Star Wars fans: This screening of A New Hope at the Mann comes with a live soundtrack — provided by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets for lawn seats start at $25. (Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.)
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