Chaka Fattah’s supporters are going straight to the top in a bid to get the ex-Philly congressmen out of his corruption charges: Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Lanny Davis, Bill Clinton’s lawyer and spokesperson during the Lewinsky scandal, and outspoken New Jersey pastor Rev. Dr. Therman Evans wrote a letter to Obama, asking for a Presidential pardon for Fattah. Here are the details.
Snagging a free bench in Rittenhouse Square is about as easy as getting a free parking spot. But that's what the wall is for right? Nope. An officer working in the park Thursday afternoon confirmed hanging on the wall around the inner fountain is now off-limits because too many youths were smoking pot and leaving behind litter. No, this is not fake news.
Many sweetened beverage drinkers in Philly have dealt with two price increases: Stores passing through the 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax levy and, secondly, a higher sales tax because of the increased soda cost. That higher amount of sales tax means Philadelphia and the state are due a significant windfall -- the state will make an extra $24 million and Philadelphia an extra $8 million if the entirety of the soda tax is passed on to consumers. Here's the math behind the cash.
Three and a half months after Philadelphia magazine ousted its editor following a retreat from publishing news online, the monthly glossy is laying off four staffers and ending a highly-trafficked section of the site covering the Philadelphia Eagles, Birds 24/7. In addition to the editors of the vertical, staff writers David Gambacorta and Jared Brey were also laid off. Read the magazine president's letter to staff.
The organizers are very clear: This event, timed to happen the week before the presidential inauguration, is NOT a protest march — it's a celebration of individuality. Bring flags and signs if you want and be ready to sing, dance and shout in solidarity.
Where: Washington Square at 7th & Spruce streets
When: January 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Former Philadelphia Mayor John Street is a farm show junkie. Not really a huge surprise: The man who presided over the nation’s fifth largest city from 2000 to 2008 after 19 years in City Council actually grew up on a farm. This year, Street convinced his son, newly-sworn-in State Sen. Sharif Street, to visit the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show with him. We tagged along with the two Philly pols to eat the Farm Show food in all its deep-fried glory.
It was Shirley Temple night at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday as the Sixers have gone into full-on promotion mode to get Joel Embiid into the All-Star Game. Whatever was in the drinks worked, as the Sixers toppled the Knicks on a last-second shot by T.J. McConnell, pulling off the team’s fourth win in five games, giving the Sixers more wins than they had all of last season. But that got us thinking: With all this Shirley Temple promotion for Embiid’s All-Star chances, what should the Sixers do for each of the other players on the team?