Last year, the Cedar Street Block Party in the Riverwards gained international renown for its dumpster pool. Of course, that genius repurposing of a trash container into a swimming hole also garnered its block a ban on future party permits, per L&I. But organizer Justyn Myers is not one to go down easy. He enlisted the help of Councilman Mark Squilla and scored permission to throw another event this year — complete with a pool made of Jersey barrier roadblocks.
Where is Allen Iverson? AI was supposed to be the big draw for this summer's Big3 basketball tour, but instead he's become a big problem for Ice Cube and Co. We were at the Big3 in Philly, where Iverson didn't play (and didn't talk afterwards) and it was a big debacle. This weekend? Iverson was a total no-show in Dallas, leading the Big3 to state, "we had no advance warning and do not have information as to all the circumstances surrounding his absence," before saying they are "launching an investigation." Yikes. Iverson hasn't been on social media much either. His last IG post from the weekend says "I see you haters!"
Steve Blackburn realized soon after he was released from prison that he wasn't exactly free. "When a man comes home, he wants a decent job, he needs housing to get back with his family," he told Billy Penn. "These barriers are here and when you can’t do that, that’s a recipe for returning to crime.” Blackburn is the cofounder of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment, and was at a recent expungement clinic in Frankford to help returning citizens stay home. Here's how those clinics work and why they're so important.
If you're not familiar with Taiwanese street food, this is your chance to open a whole new world of lunchtime deliciousness. At Baology on JFK Boulevard, the selection of dumplings, bao buns and other savory bites is wide — and mostly pleasing, finds Billy Penn restaurant critic Adam Erace. Here's what to try when you go.
Berks County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher is author of "Justice or Just This?", which calls for the end of both the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and mandatory sentences in general. He'll talk about why he reached that conclusion and how mandatory minimums have resulted in a dramatic increase in prisoners, a prison construction boom, and increasing costs for taxpayers.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary at 2027 Fairmount Ave. 19130
When: August 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Suddenly the Phillies can't stop winning. Sure, it's against the Braves, but including the last game of the Astros series, the Fightins have won four straight and are 5-2 in their last seven. Since the All-Star break, the Phils are 9-6; not World Series pace, but for a team that's 38-64 heading into Monday's matinee, the late-July turnaround is impressive. With two walk-off wins in a row and the starting pitchers giving up just one run in their last 23 innings, the Phillies are riding high. Today's game is at 12:35 p.m. and kids run the bases afterwards. There are pa-lenty of seats available.
This week marks your last chance to become a Billy Penn editorial intern this fall. We're looking for journalism students who have a bit of experience and are looking for more in one of three areas: reporting, social media and multimedia. Pitch stories, take photos, create Facebook Live videos and run our social media accounts — all while hanging out in our Center City office. Yep, this is a paid internship. Read on for more details and apply this week.