Philadelphia Police Officer Cyrus Mann fatally shot an unarmed man in the back. He shot other people while on duty in the years that followed. The department tried to fire him, but Cyrus Mann is still a police officer. So how does someone described as a "nightmare to the citizens of Philadelphia" keep his job as a cop? The short answer is arbitration. The long answer is in this deep dive from the Washington Post.
It was billed as the battle of the Carsons. When Sunday's Eagles game ended, it was clear the Birds had the better QB, as Carson Wentz wholly out dueled Carson Palmer in Philly's 34-7 blowout of the Cardinals. Wentz threw for more than 300 yards and tossed four TDs, the most in his career. And still, the numbers don't do his performance justice. Take a look at some of the top plays and notable milestones from the Eagles' historic victory Sunday.
Mexico City native Juan Carlos Romero became a minor Philly food world celebrity when the Inquirer's Craig LaBan touted his tacos al pastor as nearly perfect. But a couple years ago, unfortunate circumstances caused his Italian Market shop, Los Taquitos de Puebla, to close. Good news, taco lovers: Romero is back. His new store, called Philly Tacos, officially opens tomorrow in Point Breeze. And yes, there is a different Los Taquitos still serving on Ninth Street, but Romero is not affiliated. Here's the story behind all that, and what to look for when you hit up the new spot.
Sierra Georgia has never had a storefront before, but that's not holding back her plans for Gelat'oh, due to open soon just off Front Street behind the Piazza in Northern Liberties. Georgia, who trained in Italy to learn the secrets of making great gelato and sorbet, is setting up her cafe as an all-day hang, serving house-baked pastries, coffee and espresso alongside the frozen treats. Here's why the 31-year-old entrepreneur left D.C. and chose Philly for her first venture.
If you're a West Philly resident or know someone who is, heads up on this free workshop hosted by PHS and Green City, Clean Waters. Free rain barrels and $100 downspout garden planters will be given out, and there's a cost-sharing program that can net you up to $2,000 in contributions if you want to replace your driveway with permeable pavers or build a rain garden.
Where: Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Library Children's Department at 125 S. 52nd St. 19139
When: October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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What are you doing for fun online these days? If it's not creating Facebook events to show up at Philly chain restaurants and shout SpongeBob lines, you're behind the times. That's the hot thing right now, with some jumping into the game simply because they've "seen so many" in their feeds via friends. The UArts senior who organized the Oct. 28 event to hit McDonald's and yell "Rev up those fryers!" is even getting Tinder cred for it, he told Billy Penn. One important thing to note: People who RSVP don't actually show up: "It's just a fictional event."
Have you seen it yet? Philly's highly anticipated trash panda mural is complete. The image of a raccoon snacking on a pretzel now overlooks Webb Street Park in Olde Richmond as part of VURT Creative's Local Critter Project. It's made possible by Natalie Shaak, who owns the home the mural is painted on. Here's how the project came together.