Seven men and five women began deliberating Monday evening in the criminal case against comedian Bill Cosby, who is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple employee at his home in 2004. After prosecutors last week laid out their case with 12 witnesses, Cosby's defense team on Monday called just one witness, a detective who'd also testified the week prior. That's it. No Cosby testimony. No character witnesses. Following lengthy closing arguments Monday, Judge Steven T. O'Neill put the case in the hands of the Allegheny County jury who will weigh aggravated indecent assault charges out of a courthouse in Norristown. Click "follow this" on our Bill Cosby trial story for the latest. And yes, we'll email you when there's a verdict.
The city projected it would make $46 million the first six months of the soda tax. That's not likely to happen anymore, and Philly officials know it. Mike Dunn, deputy communications director for the Mayor’s Office, told Billy Penn that the Budget Office anticipates reducing the soda tax revenue projections for fiscal year 2017 when it presents a revised five-year plan later this month. See what this change of plans means for this year and the long term.
Philadelphia doesn't want you to give any money to people begging on the streets. Instead, the city wants you to text a donation. Mayor Jim Kenney and officials from the Office of Homeless Services and the Managing Director's office introduced the service as part of a strategy for better attacking a rise in homelessness because of the opioid epidemic. Find out how you can get involved.
The Vetri Family restaurant at the entrance to the Philadelphia Navy Yard is closing for a quick revamp this month. Although lunch and happy hour at Lo Spiedo have been busy, company reps said, dinner could use a boost. So culinary director Brad Spence came up with the idea to turn it into an offshoot of Amis. Called Bar Amis, the rebranded spot will be similar to the 13th Street original, but also incorporate some unique features. Here's what Spence said will set the new restaurant apart.
Music Over Matter is a diverse group of Philly women who gather with drums and other hand instruments to create songs full of soulful beats, rhythms and vocals. Expect colorful apparel, great tunes and calls for audience participation.
Where: The Porch at 30th at 30th & Market streets
When: June 13, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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The Phillies are loading up on young outfielders. A year after drafting Mickey Moniak first overall in 2016, the Phils took Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley eighth overall in the MLB Draft last night. Haseley is just the second college player — with Aaron Nola — the Phillies have drafted in the first round in the last 10 years. Haseley hit .390 with 14 homers, an on base percentage of .491 and a slugging percentage of .659 this season for Virginia. He was the 10th-rated prospect according to MLB.com, and you can watch the newest Phillies first-rounder's scouting tape here.
It's been more than 50 years since the Warriors left Philadelphia to play basketball in California, but we're still benefitting from their wins. Taco Bell is giving away free Doritos Locos tacos all over the country today only as part of an NBA Finals promotion — free tacos when an away team wins. The Warriors beat the Cavs in Cleveland in Game 3 — and finished off LeBron and Co. last night to win another NBA title — and now we all win. (Note: We'd rather have the title than the taco.) Details here.