Prosecutors wanted Chaka Fattah to spend at least 17 years in prison. Instead he'll serve 10. A federal judge ruled yesterday the former Philly congressman will spend a decade in prison and has to pay $614,000 in restitution. In June, Fattah was found guilty of dozens of counts of corruption stemming from charges filed in 2015 that came down from the FBI after an eight-year long investigation into the congressman’s financial dealings. Ten people testified Monday on Fattah's behalf as character witnesses.
Finally, after more than a month of filings and protests and lawsuits and recounts and protests about filings of lawsuits for more recounts, the Pennsylvania Department of State certified the election results late Monday. Donald Trump won PA with 2,970,733 votes. Hillary Clinton finished second with 2,926,441 votes. Gary Johnson had 146,715 votes, while Jill Stein — who lost a last-ditch attempt in federal court to have the PA vote recounted earlier Monday — finished with 49,941 votes, more than the 44,293 Clinton would have needed to win. Follow our full Election 2016 coverage here, if you ever want to revisit any of the local, state and national madness.
Alternative venues have been in the nation’s focus ever since a warehouse-turned-live music venue in Oakland caught fire a week ago. It left music fans and DIY venue frequenters with a that could have been me feeling. And in Philly, a city where DIY shows are the launchpad for multiple homegrown music scenes, and with a landscape holding a heavy share of blighted buildings, the weight of the incident presses close to home. The people behind The Girard Hall Collective are well-versed now in the DIY and old building scenes. They're one of many spaces trying to navigate L&I regulations to keep their spot safe.
Maybe you're thinking of creating handmade holiday cards, or just want to up your drawing skills. Come for a short tutorial, then practice what you learned. There's board games and beers from Dock Street for even more fun.
Where: WeWork Northern Liberties at 1010 N. Hancock St. 19123
When: December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20 with RSVP (free for AIGA members)
Billy Penn Likes
Carson Wentz is a very good rookie quarterback, but in games that are close, he hasn't been able to make the plays that translate to wins. The Eagles are 5-3 in games decided by nine points or more this season, and 0-5 in games decided by one score. Not all of that is on Wentz, surely — his offensive line is being held together with stickers and glue and his skill position players have consistently let him down — but where Wentz has shined in the middle of games, he shrinks at the end. We looked at the Eagles' end-of-game numbers and it's pretty clear: Wentz isn't clutch. Yet.
Maybe you haven't heard the name Lidl before, but if the German grocery conglomerate has anything to say about it, you will soon. Everywhere. The first area Lidl will be coming to Port Richmond, part of the company's plan to open 150 stores in the eastern United States. Lidl's U.S. offices are based in Virginia, and they recently spent a reported $2.88 million for nearly four acres of land near E. Butler St. and Aramingo Avenue. The upscale Aldi plans to "blanket the region" with stores. This is a start.