The city announced on Thursday morning a handful of updates to its policy on sexual harassment in the workplace. Now the roughly 30,000 municipal employees can report harassment online, and all of them will get training on how to prevent it. City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart helped inspire these updates when she launched an audit earlier this year. But she's not thrilled about the policy updates — she says the city ignored two of her fundamental requests.
In all but three states, people accused of murder can still deploy what’s known as a gay or trans panic defense. State Sen. Larry Farnese wants Pennsylvania to be the next to pass a ban. In an interview, the Philly Democrat said he found it hypocritical that the Republican-controlled General Assembly won't pass hate crime legislation to protect LGBTQ people but will keep this defense on the books. The panic defense likely hasn't actually been used in Pa., but it's still attempted elsewhere.
When Philly resident Molly Borman first developed Just Nips, they were meant to be a frivolous fashion accessory. A pair of her faux-erect pearls that make you look cold and feel hot — think Cindy Crawford in the ’90s — became a sought-out post-op breast cancer product, thanks to their ease and affordability. After working to ensure they meet medical safety standards, Just Nips are now what Borman calls the “No. 1 nipple prosthetic in the breast cancer world.”
- Questlove weighed in on Made in America getting kicked off the Parkway, so now Mayor Kenney has pissed off two of America’s biggest hip hop stars.
- A former Temple frat president will stand trial for seven sexual assault-related charges, including attempted rape.
- Via GoFundMe, this Philly barber is raising money to open a "mobile barbershop" so he can cut hair for people experiencing homelessness.
- The Philly Zoo met with activists about the violent arrest of a teen, and is updating its training policies as a result .
- Bring your kids to the Verizon store at 15th and Walnut on Saturday if you want them to learn how to design emojis.
- Stock, the Fishtown BYO specializing in Viet-Cambodian cuisine, is opening a second spot in Rittenhouse.
Mayor Kenney has no events on his public schedule today. (Maybe he can take the time to work things out with Jay-Z.)
🍃 A Midsummer Night's Dream is best when performed outdoors, and The Mechanical Theater company picked a perfect location: Laurel Hill Cemetery. BYO blankets or chairs and snacks. (Friday and Saturday, July 20-21)
💸 Political thriller documentary Dark Money takes viewers to Montana, where an intrepid local journalist works to expose the impacts of Citizens United. Saturday screening followed by Q&A with director Kimberly Reed. (Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.)
🌊 More than a dozen live music acts will perform at the Midtown Village Flood Fundraiser at Underground Arts. The benefit party raises money for the staff of three restaurants still closed by the water main break: Time, Bar and Opa. (Monday, July 23, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
❓ Philly Quizzo is baaaaack! We've got a new date to host a night of Philly-themed questions and excellent prizes at the PHS Pop Up in West Philly. Plus, there's a fallback location so we won't have to cancel if it rains. See you there. (Wednesday, July 25, 6 to 9 p.m.)
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