Several neighborhood groups in the Kensington area have expressed interest in pitching in to clean up the litter at Graffiti Pier. There’s just one problem: Contrail shut down the pier back in May for safety reasons, and anyone interested in cleaning up would need to get permission first. Otherwise, they’d be on the hook for trespassing charges. Would Conrail be open to such a thing? We spoke with a VP there, and...it’s complicated.
Monday morning, photos began circulating online of a dog that had supposedly been shot in Center City by an officer. After multiple people reached out to ask Billy Penn what was up, we looked into the situation. In this case, the internet rumors were true (guess it does happen on occasion). The PPD and Sheriff's Office confirmed a deputy had fired at the animal in self-defense after it allegedly lunged at him, as he was trying to help break up an altercation on the street.
While Democrats and Republicans have already secured their place on the November ballot, third-party candidates are still pounding the pavement looking for signatures. Petition requirements are steeper for people who aren't members of a major party. But even if these candidates manage to get enough signatures by Aug. 1, that's still not the end of the process. Here's a look at the machinations required to get on — and kicked off — the ballot in Pa.
- Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins crushed at the Home Run Derby, pounding 17 HRs in the first round and 20 in the semi-finals, where he lost to Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs on the final swing.
- Soon, I-95 will finally connect to the NJ Turnpike. Philly Mag looks at why it didn't happen 50 years ago.
- Puerto Rican people from across the country met in North Philly last weekend to brainstorm ways to get more involved in politics.
- The Broad and Walnut Wawa has ended 24-hour service. There were hints that might happen when they took away the seating. Blame the stabbings, probably.
- Neighbors are suing to shut down a pop-up beer garden in Chestnut Hill.
- As of the weekend, Carson Wentz is officially a married man.
🌭 This should be a sight. Dachshunds and similar pups will compete in Lucky's Annual Wiener Race at Pretzel Park in Manayunk. The family-friendly event will have food and beer for sale, and proceeds benefit PAWS. (Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.)
👮 A ceremony in Brewerytown will mark the dedication of a new community mural honoring Sgt. Robert Wilson III, a Philadelphia police officer who was killed while protecting others in 2015. (Thursday, July 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
💞 To celebrate Tu B'Av, aka the Jewish Day of Love, a group of local orgs are hosting a beach party for folks in their 20s and 30s. Your $18 ticket includes a Caribbean BBQ and an open bar with daiquiris and coladas. (Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. to midnight)
🌺 Morning Glory Diner in Bella Vista is hosting a one-night pop-up beer garden to benefit organizing efforts for a big protest when VP Pence comes to town next week. Expect beer, champagne, punch and snacks. (Thursday, July 19, 7 to 10 p.m.)
🚀 Calling all Star Wars fans: This screening of A New Hope at the Mann comes with a live soundtrack provided by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets for lawn seats start at $25. (Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.)
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