Bill Cosby's criminal trial taking place in Norristown is America’s biggest celebrity trial since O.J. Simpson, and the drama has extended far beyond the testimony. A reporter and a Hollywood lawyer have been thrown out of the courtroom. Judge Steven T. O’Neill has struggled to restrain the egos of lawyers on both sides. And Cosby — who could actually testify — has proven to be a sideshow at his own main event. Here's what it was like inside the courtroom this week and what you might have missed.
Thursday evening, near the intersection of Whitaker Ave. and Hunting Park Ave., an officer from the 15th District shot and killed a man on a motorbike that had stalled. The officer, transporting witnesses to the Special Victims Unit, approached the man for riding erratically and, when he reportedly backed away, the officer got out of his car to frisk him, felt a handgun and ordered him not to reach for it. The man reportedly did not comply, and the officer fired his weapon. Police Commissioner Richard Ross was on the scene after the shooting, and told reporters surveillance video shows the man getting struck by a bullet while he was running away. Ross said the footage, "gives me pause."
Every day, 18,000 delivery trucks make their way through Center City. Philly is changing and so is the way we live. More people are buying more things and having them delivered more frequently. But ya know what hasn't changed? The streets. Traffic is slowing down, buses are missing schedules, and peds and cyclists are having visibility issues. The Inquirer's Inga Saffron explained the impact in a way Philadelphians might understand best (yes it involves cheesesteaks).
Guys, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. The weather’s supposed to be stellar this weekend, Philly Beer Week is wrapping up, Pride Month is just getting started and there’s a seemingly endless stream of events you can attend. We've pulled together our favorites, ranging from street festivals to concerts to beer brunches. Check 'em out here.
If you happen to be near the southeast tip of the city during lunchtime on Friday this summer, consider swinging down by the Philabundance main office and food warehouse. A different Philly food truck will be vending each week, starting with 2streetsammies — Tot Cart, Farm Truck, Oink n' Moo and Foolish Waffles are also enlisted — and all proceeds go to the hunger nonprofit.
Where: Philabundance at 3616 S. Galloway St.
When: June 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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The great Philly bagel boom is getting another boost this summer. World Cafe Live veteran Ringo Roseman is opening The Bagel Place, his ode to the deli-slash-sandwich shop of his dreams, at the corner of Fourth and Queen on Fabric Row. In addition to fresh bagels baked daily -- and 16 varieties of spreads to put on them -- the Queen Village shop will offer classics like smoked fish, rugelach and matzoh ball soup. Here's what to expect when it launches late June.
The League, an exclusive dating app that vets users' LinkedIn profiles and requires them to upload professional-level photos, is about to launch in Philly. And 10,000 people want in. First they'll need to be approved by the app's team (degrees and a job are a must). No catfishing. No bros comparing you to their pinky toe. No one using their dogs as photos. Nobody professing their love for the Eagles in their bio (unless, we suppose, that's their job). The League knows you're one half of a power couple-to-be, so you better get your recommendations in line if you want to make the cut.