Is time really up for serial harassers in power? Things are shifting that way in Pennsylvania this week. On Friday, Temple announced it was finally revoking alum Bill Cosby's honorary degree, a move it had been criticized for not making earlier, as Penn, Drexel and many other universities had already done. The judge in his trial has ordered Cosby to undergo a sexually violent predator assessment as he waits for sentencing. Also Friday, Rep. Pat Meehan resigned. He'd previously said he would not run for reelection after details of a sexual harassment claim by a former staffer came to light. In his resignation letter, Meehan promised he'd repay the $39,000 in taxpayer money used to settle that claim.
Last week, Philly was treated to not one but two coyote sightings. Officials are unsure whether the critter spotted Monday in Mayfair is the same one as was captured in South Philly Thursday, but either way, they say, there are likely plenty of others hiding around town. The urban coyote population has been growing for decades. What attracts them to the city? Abandoned buildings, vacant lots, construction sites and another thing we have in unfortunate abundance: trash.
The City of Philadelphia has hired an accounting firm to track down $33 million or so that appears to be missing from its main bank account, PMN's Claudia Vargas reported this week. It could just be a reconciliation issue, but because of what critics say is a long history of "sloppy bookkeeping," it's impossible to tell. Controller Rebecca Rhynhart promised on Twitter Friday her office would "not let up on this" until it is resolved. Meanwhile, within 30 days, we'll know how much money the city was willing to offer Amazon as incentive to locate HQ2 here — maybe. Responding to a Right To Know request, the PA Office of Open Records gave officials 30 days to release the info, but the Mayor's Office has indicated it will appeal the decision.
The Eagles and the Cowboys continued one of football's great rivalries at the NFL Draft Friday night. In 2017, the draft was held in Philly, and the Cowboys set up an over-the-top pick announcement complete with plenty of Eagles jabs. This year, the draft is in Dallas. Longtime kicker David Akers repped the Eagles on stage, delivering a fierce comeback that included a reminder to Dallas that "the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren't born." The Eagles went on to select a tight end — a position where the Cowboys are hurting right now. The new Philly rookie's name? Dallas Goedert. That's some intricate planning right there.
New Liberty Distillery and Street Tails Animal Rescue have teamed up to let the dogs run the place. Bring your kids (furry and otherwise) for a day of games, live music, food and drink, raffle prizes and a pet-friendly photo booth. Tickets include three Yards beers and food from Philly Blind Pig and Di Bruno Bros.
Where: New Liberty Distillery at 1431 Cadwallader St., 19122
When: April 29, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $20 in advance; $25 at the door