For decades, bartender Sheila Modglin's cheery personality has been one of the guiding lights of iconic Philly dive bar Dirty Franks. When she's not behind the bar, she runs the nonprofit Sunshine Arts Center in Upper Darby. Last Thursday night, on her way back from work after the Eagles parade, a driver slammed into her as she was walking across Lincoln Drive. Modglin suffered extensive head trauma, and is currently in the hospital in a drug-induced coma. Her family has set up a GoFundMe to help defray medical costs, and is also accepting mailed checks.
When the city announced three weeks ago that it would “actively encourage” a comprehensive user engagement site, some residents — and some community leaders — were skeptical. Also referred to as a supervised injection site, the goal of a CUES is to offer people a safe space to use drugs, prevent overdose deaths and engage people into treatment. On Friday night, radio host Solomon Jones, an active critic of the CUES, hosted a panel discussion with local politicians, recovery advocates and community activists to discuss the proposed facility. And the discussion got...really heated.
Another group that's not thrilled about Philly's plans to support a CUES is the DEA. The federal agency has launched its own offensive against the fentanyl-sparked overdose crisis, with crackdown tactics that rely on death reports. Billy Penn asked the local DEA arm whether it would consider using info from the CUES to make fentanyl-spike data more current. The answer, frustratingly for scholars in the field, is a firm no.
He's got style. He's got grace. And over the weekend, Olympic skater Adam Rippon — a native of Clarks Summit, near Scranton, Pa. — put on a show that helped lead Team USA to a team bronze in figure skating. NBC compiled some of of Rippon's best clips so far, in case you missed the action (or just want to relive the fun).
This weekly event series has been traveling Philly bars for a while now, and this month lands at Standard Tap. If you want a chance to disconnect from the internet for a night and think about the communication made possible by the hand-written word, swing through to dedicate an evening to letters. Paper and stamps are provided for free.
Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St., 19123
When: February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
How much: Free