Billy Penn heard from dozens of women who have been harassed on the street in Philadelphia for the first installment of our special project on street harassment, and many told us they’re often too startled to respond to a harasser on the spot, but then later come up with what they believe might have been the perfect response: a scold, a finger or a stinging comment back. After speaking with experts and advocates from across the country, we’ve compiled a list of ideas for how to respond in the event you’re the victim of street harassment or are watching it happen.
The Washington Post compiled fatal overdose data from 24 of the most populated counties in the country, and Philadelphia is way up there. More than 400 people in the city died from fentanyl overdoses last year — up from 100 in 2014 and just nine in 2012. "This will kill more people than the AIDS epidemic," Health Commissioner Thomas Farley told the Post.
Stepping in dog poop in Fishtown is like spotting Philly Jesus at Dilworth Park — it’s just a matter of time. After someone shared a photo of a trashcan labeled "poops" overflowing with colorful plastic bags of dog poop, we went to the scene of the, well, poops. Question is, is this a matter of a public trash can shortage or an irresponsible dog owner surplus? Fishtowners had plenty of thoughts.
Early in Thursday's preseason win over the Bills, new cornerback Ronald Darby tried to tackle former Philly running back LeSean McCoy and totally whiffed. It was an inauspicious start to his Eagles career, but he more than made up for it, breaking up two passes, picking off a third and generally looking like a difference maker. The Eagles' first interception came because of a safety blitz that only works if the defense has corners who can play man coverage. Thank Darby for that one too. Leading into the game we touched on five reasons to watch, and he was definitely No. 1. Also worth watching, Alshon Jeffery's debut, Derek Barnett's ability to get to the quarterback and...Corey Clement? Here's the recap.
It's the end of an era: No more 24-hour service at The Dining Car. If you're as broken up about it as the owners this Northeast Philly BYOB, head over for a night of tribute munchies. From late Saturday through early Sunday morning, chef Kris Serviss will be serving mozzarella sticks, French onion soup, omelets and more. Cash only; first come, first served.
Where: The Blue Duck at 2859 Holme Ave. 19152
When: August 19, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. to August 20, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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A bankruptcy judge is about to approve a $10 million sale that will allow Project HOME to move forward with plans for affordable, LGBT-friendly housing. The organization has plans to ultimately have two buildings, but the judge's decision will allow the first to move forward at the site of the North Philadelphia Health System at Eighth and Girard. Check out the renderings.
The NBA season is officially two months away as the Sixers open the 2017-18 slate at Washington on October 18. But this week has been all about Joel Embiid. First, the updated NBA MVP odds came out and not only are Embiid and Ben Simmons both on the list, but Simmons has better odds than new Celtics star Gordon Hayward or Minnesota's Jimmy Butler. Embiid has the same odds as...Kyrie Irving. On Thursday, Embiid was named Mayor of Philadelphia. At least on Wikipedia, which means it's definitely true. Trust the (voting) process!