“I think the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may need to take a second look at this bizarre sentencing and make sure this travesty of justice is fixed." Rapper Rick Ross was part of a star-studded group speaking in front of about 1,000 people outside the Juanita Kidd Stout Criminal Justice Center to raise awareness for Meek Mill’s prison sentence Monday night. Other supporters included Sixers legend Julius Erving, rapper Freeway, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and members of Meek Mill’s family. Dr. J quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and chants of "free Meek Mill" rang out. Here's our video from the rally.
Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif was arrested Monday during a protest at Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro's Philadelphia office. Khalif and other BLM protesters went to the AG's office to demand answers about the police sooting of David Jones. Told they needed to make an appointment, the group said they were staying until they got answers. An employee of the AG's office then got into a verbal altercation with Khalif before closing a door in his face. When Khalif banged on a window of the door, the pane fell out, leading the man to physically restrain and arrest Khalif. The 30-plus minute exchange was posted on Facebook. Watch that, and read the details here.
What would you do if your Uber driver refused to take you to your destination and instead left you at an abandoned construction site? These two college students ran like hell. The duo — students at Drexel and Temple — told Fox29 they got picked up at the Electric Factory Thursday night. But when the driver passed their destination and made a creepy comment, they were immediately worried. They jumped out of the car after he ended their ride on the app and found their way home by foot. And they're not happy with Uber's response.
In much lighter news, the Eagles had off Sunday, and while Carson Wentz was sitting in a tree shooting arrows at wild game (seriously) the NFL did his Birds no favors. Sure, Dallas lost, which gives the 8-1 Eagles a clear path to the NFC East title. But all the NFC contenders won, including the Vikings, Rams and Saints. Add in last night's Carolina win and this weekend was not great for an Eagles team hoping to create some distance between them and the other top teams. Instead, it's as close as ever. Here's a look at what went down.
The fire that destroyed South Street icon Bridget Foy's two weeks ago left the restaurant's staffers out of work, and also killed two rescue dogs nearby. To help the out-of-work Philadelphians and raise funds for Saved Me and Red Paws animal rescues, 30 different restaurants — including some of the city's most renowned, like Zahav and Amada — are joining to host a benefit dinner on Headhouse Square. Organized by The Twisted Tail owner George O'Reilly in conjunction with the South Street Headhouse Business District and the Queen Village Neighborhood Association, the event will feature tastes of food from all the participants, plus beer and wine and live music. "It will be a night of sorrow, but also of celebration and camaraderie," O'Reilly said.
Where: Headhouse Shambles at 200 Pine St. 19147
When: November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $50
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If you've watched any Sixers games this season (they won at the Clippers last night, btw) you've noticed the StubHub logo on their jerseys. The Sixers were the first team in the NBA to ink a deal for a jersey sponsor and, with Charlotte's new deal with LendingTree, the league is up to 19 teams with sponsor logos on their unis. From a number of local banks to tech companies like Fitbit to Harley-Davidson, we ranked all the jersey sponsors. Check out why Utah has the best in the NBA, and why Sacramento's sponsor is just nuts.
Taking a stroller on a bus sucks. So does getting stuck next to one, or having your foot run over. SEPTA is very aware of this, and — on the heels of a petition that garnered more than 7,000 signatures — has come with an official policy. As of Jan. 1, strollers will only have to be folded up during rush hour. Good news for everyone.