One Eagles player had a fist in the air. Another had an arm around his teammate's back. Malcolm Jenkins has said he will continue his national anthem protests this season by peaceably raising his fist during the song. This week, Chris Long, a Charlottesville, Virginia native, found a way to support Jenkins to help raise awareness for why some NFL players are protesting. This made some people very mad, and as our sports editor Dan Levy writes, those people need to start listening.
A West Philly woman was detained at Trump Tower Tuesday after unfurling a banner that read Women Resist White Supremacy. Part of the protest group UltraViolet, Melissa Byrne said she was questioned for about an hour before being sent home. So she was surprised to get messages from several neighbors who said the Secret Service came to ask questions about her Thursday. "I find it really insulting. I’m a committed nonviolent organizer, and they’re making it seem to the neighbors that I could be a threat," she said. "Luckily, it’s West Philly, so people don’t like Trump."
Morris Animal Refuge on Lombard St. is one of seven local shelters giving away free pets today as part of #ClearTheShelters Day. The event — run by NBC and Telemundo, who partner with shelters around the country — connected 50,000 pets with families last year. There's more information about Morris Animal Refuge here, or find where your nearest shelter is at ClearTheShelters.com.
We went to Diner en Blanc so you didn't have to. Or, if you were one of more than 43,000 people who failed to get in, we went so you couldn't. Turns out, Philadelphia is the top city for Diner en Blanc in the country, and a record 5,300 people attended the dinner Thursday night, held in Franklin Square. Billy Penn reporter Mark Dent decided to find out why Diner en Blanc is such a big deal here. So he went, and started asking everyone.
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Got a hankering for crabs but can't make it to Maryland? This University City tavern has you covered with a crack-your-own feast. Your ticket includes as many of the blue claws as you can smash your way through. Wash it all down with an assortment of seafood-friendly brews from Yards.
Where: City Tap House UCity at 3925 Walnut St.
When: August 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $35
London native chef Sam Jacobson is celebrating two years on East Passyunk by transforming his pie and mash shop into a Sunday carvery, just like he used to love back home in England. How authentic will it be? In addition to the food -- prime rib, whole belly pork or roast chicken served in a giant Yorkshire pudding with roast potatoes, veggies, and lashings of hot gravy -- there will be soccer on the telly. Also, free beer. Get there early, supplies will run out fast.
Where: Stargazy at 1838 E. Passyunk Ave.
When: August 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: $20 per platter of food, free beer
It's the 31st year for this annual fest of all things Caribbean. Representatives of 14 islands will put on a show of music (reggae, hip-hop, gospel, steel band), poetry, skits and dance, while vendors offer souvenirs, clothing and arts and crafts. There's also a kids' corner with maypole dancing.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing at 200 S. Columbus Blvd.
When: August 20, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Did we mention it's crab season? A DJ will spin beats at this bumping summer Sunday party in Mt. Airy, which features Alaskan king crab. Your $30 ticket includes two big crustacean claw clusters, corn on the cob, garlic butter broccoli and red bliss potatoes, cornbread and sweet potato pie -- plus two cocktails. Free parking, too.
Where: The Personal Chef at 6833 Germantown Ave. 19119
When: August 20, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $30
One of the goals of this student group at the University of Virgina is to aid in achieving the common goals of black students the local community in its hometown of Charlottesville. In light of recent events, Philly DJs Magglezzz and Murph decided to dedicate a night of jams to them. In addition to funds collected at the door, 10 percent of the bar will all be donated, plus a 100 percent match promise from the Dolphin owners.
Where: The Dolphin Tavern at 1539 S. Broad St. 19147
When: August 20, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to August 21, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation at the door