Jillian Mele graduated from La Salle with one goal: Get back to Philly to be on TV. Now, after gigs at NBC10 and CSN Philly, Mele is the news anchor for Fox & Friends. Yep, she's the person Donald Trump gets his morning news from. We spoke with Mele about her move into the national spotlight, if she thinks about the President watching her every day and who has been tougher to deal with, Philly sports fans or Fox News haters. From her favorite interview to whether she had pause going to work at Fox News to what she misses most about Philly, Mele doesn't hold back at all.
With Pete Rose mired in scandal after allegations he committed statutory rape while playing for the Reds in the '70s, the Phillies have opted to hold off on giving ol' Charlie Hustle an award this month. Rose was slated to be introduced on the team's Wall of Fame August 12, with a bobblehead giveaway the night before. Not anymore. Rose said, "While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans voted for me to be this year’s Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate." See the Phillies' statement here, and read the odd details on how this accusation came to light.
The City of Philadelphia will begin posting online civilian complaints alleging police misconduct this fall, a move that will make it easier for members of the public to view such filings — but there’s a long list of information that will likely be redacted, including names of the officers involved. Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday signed an executive order updating the city’s current policy, which stipulated the complaints were public but anyone who wanted them had to schlep it up to the Far Northeast and view them in person. Read about what information will (and won't) be included once the complaints are posted online.
Republican candidate for governor Paul Mango has a nickname for Tom Wolf: "Thomas the Tax Engine." The Western Pa. businessman claims the Democrat has earned it, as he's "proposed more than $8 billion in tax increases" since taking office. Are Wolf's tax asks really that high? We dig into the numbers for PolitiFact Pennsylvania.
|What||Relive a childhood favorite or introduce it to the next generation at the first of a monthlong series of Friday night movies in this West Philly park. Bring your own chairs and blankets; food and drink available from a rotating list of vendors — this week, Pop Shop and Little Sicilian. Arrive early to decorate alien masks at a table with the University City Arts League.|
|Where||Clark Park at 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave. 19104|
|When||August 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm|
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Add one more to the plethora of lunch spots in Rittenhouse: Wiz Kid is finally opening its doors this weekend. But the new fast casual from the Vedge team isn't quite like anything else in the area — or anywhere. Its menu is entirely plant-based, but instead of salad and grain bowls, the options are dishes like a hearty cheesesteak (of seitan) and a twist on roast pork + rabe but with mushrooms instead of meat. Plus, there's booze. Here's a peek at the menu and the cool-looking space.
Meet the Philadelphia Phantomz and Star Wright — Philly's professional women's tackle football team and the woman who started it. Fresh off their second season — they play at Simon Gratz High School — the Phantomz are a group of three dozen women ages 18 to 51, most of whom were star youth athletes. Check out the story and photo essay from The Undefeated.