The families of four missing Bucks County men have a modicum of resolution this weekend after 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo struck a deal with prosecutors — who promised not to seek the death penalty — and confessed to their murders, implicating his cousin, Sean Kratz, in three of them. Police released an affidavit that reveals the kind of details you just don't want to believe, although there's still no indication of what spurred the horrific acts. Here's a summary of the shocking ways DiNardo said he disposed of each victim.
A.I. is coming back to hoop in Philly again. It can't really be the Iverson we remember, this many years later, but the Sixers' legend will be at Wells Fargo Center Sunday as the headliner for Ice Cube's Big3 basketball tour. The tour hits 10 cities this summer with 40 former NBA guys playing 3-on-3 basketball. Will the games be good? No, probably not. Players are well past their prime. But at least retirees are getting a soft landing and there's a lot of buzz, so there's some hope this endeavor lasts. We talked to former LaSalle star, NBA vet and Big3 player Rasual Butler about coming home, and ran through what's working (and not) as the troupe hits Philly.
When Day 4 of the Main Event at the 2017 World Series of Poker began Friday, Philly 29-year-old Patrick Lavecchia was the chip leader with a stack of more than 1.5 million. (The $10,000 buy-in event scores its winner $8.1 million.) Over 7,000 players entered, so leading after three days is incredible. Until it's not. Because this is Philadelphia, Lavecchia is in last heading into play Saturday, with just 174,000 chips. But it could be worse, as nearly 800 players busted Friday, and Lavecchia — short stacked as he is — is still alive and slated to win at least $35,262. Several other locals remain, including Philly's Aaron Overton, who sits in 21st with more than 2.5 million chips.
If you must drive to South Street — or have friends from across the river who are planning it — consider your parking options carefully. Three of the five most-ticketed blocks in the entire city are around the touristy nightlife area of the strip. Thing is, there's several alternatives for storing your car, including several right nearby. Here's our suggestions, plus proof that with the PPA, sometimes a handwritten note works wonders.
On the Calendar
XPN's Latin Roots Live brings eight of Latin America's rising alternative artists to sing, play and rock out on stage with the Ben Franklin Bridge as a backdrop. Expect music that ranges from mariachi to reggae and electronica to punk.
Where: FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: July 15, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
It's been a full calendar cycle that ITV has been pleasing Philly drinkers and diners with creative cocktails and small plates, so the staff is throwing a party — and you're invited. Expect free snacks like fried chicken and oyster tartare, an ice luge with free Old Grand Dad and Cynar shots, and deals like $2 Peroni and High Life, $5 punch and $6 wine.
Where: ITV (In the Valley) at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: July 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to July 16, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free or pay as you go
The suggested price for a full, multi-course meal at EAT Cafe is $15, but if you or someone you know is struggling with cash, any amount will do — it's a pay-what-you-wish restaurant. Sunday brunch launches this week, and the menu is killer. Newly hired chef Valerie Erwin (remember Geechee Girl Cafe?) is doing bread pudding french toast, veggie-cheese frittatas, PA Dutch hush puppies, shrimp and grits and more.
Where: EAT Cafe at 3820 Lancaster Ave.
When: July 16, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: $15 or pay what you wish
Stefano Biasini knows his gelato stuff. The Italy native has been crowned winner of the World Cup of Gelato, but now he's spinning sugar in Philly. Our luck, especially on Sunday, when he'll host a free sampling at the Center City restaurant where he's a partner. One of the flavors on offer is new: Strawberry cheesecake, made with fresh berries.
Where: Gran Caffe L'Aquila at 1716 Chestnut St. 19103
When: July 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Are you or do you know a pogonophile? That would be: Someone who really really really loves beards? You're in luck, because the Philadelphia Beard Festival is back for year two. Hirsute contestants will compete for a prize, groomers will offer services, speed dating will find you your best bearded partner, live music will play, and beers will be served. There's also a section with cigars and whiskey, because of course there is.
Where: Schmidt's Commons (née The Piazza) at 1001 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: July 16, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15