Nearly one in three Philadelphia residents has a criminal record, and that’s enough to make them ineligible for employment, education, housing and public assistance in the city. To combat the problem, some Philly legal orgs help people expunge their records — i.e. wipe them clean of past convictions. Last week, the Defender Association hosted a free clinic to help Philly residents begin the process of expunging their records. Here's how it works.
Late Saturday night, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Team pinpointed a location suspected of hosting dog fights in Grays Ferry, the organization said in a release. After calling for police backup, officers entered the ring and stopped an active match, rescuing the bloodied animals and confiscating drugs, guns and cash. Additional searches on Sunday morning led to additional rescues and 14 arrests, per CBS3. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with info should call the PSPCA hotline at 866-601-SPCA.
Especially at positions of power, women restaurateurs are underrepresented in the Philly's food scene. RestaurantHER, a new site from GrubHub, makes it easier to support small, less-recognized, women-run restaurants with a searchable interactive map. The site also raises money to even the playing field: for each user who clicks a button, the company will donate $1 to female leadership initiatives in the culinary world. In Philly, more than 100 spots pop up, likely including several you might not have realized were led by women..
When the Villanova men's basketball won the Big East title Saturday night, ensuring great position in this year's NCAA tournament, there was a special group in the stands. Members of the famous '85 champion Wildcats, known for one of the greatest underdog comebacks in sports history, came from all over the country to watch. Our editor happened to be in the right place at the right time, and got invited to attend the game with them. Philly pride was strong in Madison Square Garden that night.
Do you know a young Philadelphia who dedicates their time and energy to public service? Maybe they're a postal worker, or a librarian. Perhaps they spend time fighting fires, or doing social work. Have made a career out of rescuing people as a paramedic, or as the principal of a school. We're looking to showcase these people in the latest edition of our Who's Next series, and we need your help finding them. Submit a nomination here to be included on the list, which is presented by the Fels Institute.
Maya K. van Rossum is a veteran environmentalist and author of The Green Amendment, in which she lays out an agenda and progress so far of the environmental advocacy movement. In essence, it says that we "all have the right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment." A book signing will follow the talk.
Where: Tyler School of Art, ARCH 104 at 2001 N. 13th St., 19122
When: March 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free