We just got more than $100 million closer to connecting Philly's vibrant waterfront with the rest of the city via a park over I-95. PennDOT confirmed to Billy Penn Thursday that it plans to commit $100 million to the cap, which would cover the multilane interstate highway from Chestnut to Walnut Streets, and a park will slope down toward the Delaware River. Plans for the cap have been awaiting funding for decades, and got a huge boost this week when Mayor Jim Kenney told PlanPhilly that the city will allocate $90 million toward the project. Later on Thursday, the William Penn Foundation said it is committing “up to $15 million.” Here are the details about how this thing will be funded.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey hasn't held a town hall since 2015 and he’s never held one in the city of Philadelphia. His refusal to do so has become a major sticking point. On Tuesday, 11 people begging his staff to put a town hall on the schedule were arrested for staging a sit-in at his Philly office. Hundreds more were protesting outside. It was the latest in the coordinated campaign against Toomey that’s been raging since November.
District Attorney Seth Williams, already in
hot boiling water over his personal finances, reportedly tried to use $5,000 in campaign funds to pay his dues at the swanky Union League, Big Trial reported Thursday. That's a big ol' no-no. It's just another transgression for Williams, who's already announced he isn't seeking reelection next year. For now, he's just trying to hold onto his seat through 2017.
You can be sure every act at this two-day festival celebrating women and trans comedians passes the infamous "Bechdel Test" (if you don't know, Google it). Acts range from the straight-forward to the wild and wacky in formats including improv, sketch and stand-up.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American St. 19106
When: March 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to March 4, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
How much: $15 Friday / $25 Saturday / $35 both days
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The NFL Scouting Combine hits Indianapolis this week, with prospective players set to be poked, prodded and pressured on and off the field. The NFL breaks each session down by position group, so it’s very easy for Eagles fans to pop in and track the players you’ve been convinced the Eagles need to draft. There are also a few local prospects at the Combine, so here’s a quick viewer’s guide to when everything goes down.
Free coffee Fridays at Wawa are back. Every Friday this month, you can get a free cup o' joe -- any size! -- at Wawa locations across the region. But there's a catch: You have to be a Wawa rewards member and download the app. Details here.