All eyes were on Andrea Constand on the witness stand yesterday, the former Temple University basketball administrator whose call to police set off the criminal charges for which Bill Cosby is on trial. For the first time during this criminal trial, Constand testified publicly, telling jurors that in January 2004, Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home just outside Philadelphia city limits. Her testimony was cut off part of the way through cross-examination and will pick up again today. Here are the big takeaways, and what to look for today in court.
Philadelphia Futures will celebrate its graduating high school and college scholars today at a 500-person event. The local nonprofit selects and mentors students from low-income households who are the first in their family to go to college. “Our kids, who often don’t have a safety net, often have to work twice as hard to get a place of parity and equity with their peers,” said Ann-Therese Ortiz, director of pre-college programs. One scholar, Carlos Carmona, spoke to Billy Penn in detail about what his experience as a first-generation college student has been like.
Philadelphia finally has some good news when it comes to millennials and voting. The city's 18-to-34 year olds still didn't come out in huge numbers -- turnout was around 10 percent -- but four times as many of them voted in May's election than did the last District Attorney race. Even better is that 18-to-34 year olds were almost had as much turnout as they did in far more hyped 2015 mayoral primary. Check out the numbers and what's behind them.
The Warriors are not ruining basketball. Sure, the NBA Finals, which resume tonight, have been boring with two blowouts, but Golden State shouldn't be to blame. The 'superteam' that's on pace to go undefeated in the postseason was created by adding Kevin Durant to a roster of incredible talent...the franchise drafted. Steph Curry was the 7th pick. Klay Thompson was the 11th pick. Draymond Green was taken 35th in his draft class. The Warriors made great draft picks and signed players to smart deals. That's what built the best team in the NBA, and it's a model the Sixers brass are in great position to follow. Could the 76ers be the next Warriors? We run through how.
UArts Continuing Education Program offers courses, workshops + certificates in subjects including art + design, digital technology, marketing, social media, photography, movement, theater, music and writing. Classes are enrolling now!
Where: University of the arts at 211 S. Broad Street, 19107
When: June 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to August 11, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
Join ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins for a walk through forest and field (yes, those exist in Philly) to learn about common plants and mushrooms and how to identify the edible kinds. After your harvest, you'll bring them back to the kitchen, where they'll be made into a meal of hummus, pesto, salad and more.
Where: Weavers Way Mercantile at 542 Carpenter Ln. 19119
When: June 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Sliding scale; $35 suggested donation
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Center City Sips starts today and runs every Wednesday until September. That means participating bars will be offering $3 beers, $4 wines, $5 cocktails and discounted appetizers. But are any of the drinks actually good? Look over the lists of specials and you’ll see the majority of establishments offering domestics like Bud Light or High Life for $3. Fortunately, there are plenty of good options, and we found them for you. Check out our guide to the best beers, wines and overall deals you'll find this summer for Center City Sips.
- Puppy Happy Hour at Founding Fathers: Adoptable pups will be on site for cuddles and a portion of proceeds from Dogfish Head beers will benefit the PSPCA. 4 to 7 p.m., 1612 South St.
- Beer Lab at the Franklin Institute: Sip your way to scientific discovery with hands-on activities explaining how the delicious beverage we know and love is made. 7 to 10 p.m., 222 N. 20th St.
- Evil Idol at Craftsman Row Saloon: Belt out your best karaoke and show the judges panel you’ve got what it takes to make it big. 8 to 11 p.m., 112 S. 8th St.
- Check out more of today's events and the lineup for the rest of the week here.
Presented in partnership with Philly Loves Beer