Today's forecast: Hot. Tomorrow's: Hotter. Summer has embraced Philly in a big, sweaty hug, which means temps well into the 90s, frequent air quality alerts and lots of complaining. City pools aren't open yet, but we have a couple tricks up our sleeve for beating the heat. Basically, find any excuse to be indoors. Try one of these Center City spots where we not-so-subtly used a hand held air temperature gauge to test the a/c. And nab one of these delicious frozen treats from our 2016 bracket. Because when in doubt, water ice.
On an average day, there are about 1,500 fewer inmates in the Philadelphia prison system than there were just two years ago. Philadelphia still has the highest incarceration rate per capita of the top 10 largest American cities. But the city says it’s now all-in on criminal justice reform, and officials noted Friday that a year into an aggressive plan to decrease the prison population, the number of inmates in six facilities along State Road has decreased 18 percent since July 2015. Here are the programs that made it possible.
At the beginning of June, chef Erin O'Shea announced she was stepping down from her position as head chef at Rooster Soup Co. — and leaving the Mike Solomonov/Steve Cook restaurant group entirely. She'd been working with CookNSolo for 12 years, seven of them as partner at Percy Street Barbecue, so the move came as a surprise. We caught up with her to find out why it happened, and whether her future plans include staying in Philadelphia.
Delve into the conspiracies and fables that surround the death of one of the world's greatest classical composers with music historian Robert Greenberg. Light refreshments provided.
Where: College of Physicians at 19 S. 22nd St. 19103
When: June 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10 or $5 for students
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Pink Snowballs might be the prettiest Tastykake, but they're definitely not the most delicious. They kind of feel like plastic, and the taste isn't much better. But with the help of a professional Philly pastry chef, you can learn how to make your own, far tastier, Snowballs. We posted this recipe video one year ago today, and it's still just as mesmerizing. Dare ya to not drool on your keyboard.
Philly is taking all kinds of steps to be less trashy, and the latest falls directly on you. This new Code for Philly project, "Not in Philly," is gaining steam, and the idea behind it is pretty simple: Sign up to agree to pick up litter on your block once a week. Involve your neighbors. As the project spreads, participants will be given trash grabbers and rewards from local businesses. More importantly, Philly will be less filthy. Our "Filthadelphia" reputation dates back an embarrassing 98 years, and the city has a 2035 zero waste goal. So you better get moving.