Joel Embiid hasn't played yet this preseason and just got back to full practice, but the Sixers think they've seen enough, agreeing to a contract worth $148 million over the next 5 years. The deal has been described as "perhaps the most complex" contract in league history, full of possible injury protections should Embiid miss time. Remember, in 3 seasons, Embiid has played just 31 games. This is a huge leap of faith by the Sixers, but a deal like this needs some NBA perspective. So read this before you decide if giving Embiid a max deal was a crazy move, or the perfect one.
Wendy's customers in Center City can breathe a sigh of relief. The "Scary Wendy" doll that lived in the window of the 15th and Chestnut location is gone. According to a manager, the near-lifesize freckled mascot was stolen, red braids and all. But before you celebrate future days of doll-free Frosties, know this: Store management is actively looking to get the mannequin replaced. Which is the right thing to do, since she was a uniquely Philly pop culture icon.
Juana's husband was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in May outside their North Philadelphia home. Last month, they arrested two of her family members — both men. "Is it because men are the heads of households?" she wonders, "and they think women are going to get desperate and return to our country?” Juana, who is in the U.S. illegally, is now struggling to afford to stay in the city she's called home for 13 years.
Eastwick was built on marshland and residents there have dealt with severe flooding for decades. Discussion about what to do with 200 acres of unused city land in the neighborhood is just as old, and just as frustrating for the Southwest Philly neighborhood. A developer wants to put 722 new homes on it, but those who often get up to eight feet of water during storms want to prioritize flood mitigation. Get the details from a recent neighborhood meeting.
Victory Brewing reps will be in the house to give away glasses and help referee a serious tournament of Jenga Giant. Come to play or just to watch (and listen) as the best block-balancers compete for glory. Stay till the end for keg-kicking clearance prices on Crowlers of fresh beer.
Where: Memphis Taproom at 2331 E. Cumberland St. 19125
When: October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Philadelphia is still a city with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, famous Art Museum steps and, yes, cheesesteak institutions. But a new kind of tourism has emerged: Social media is taking formerly obscure sites into the mainstream. Residents and tourists who see their friends take immaculate Snaps and Instagrams decide to visit the same sites and then take the same cool picture, a shot that looks far more impressive than standing next to the Rocky statue. Here's why places like the Graffiti Pier, Magic Gardens and other sites have become so popular.
Gorgeous foliage is one of the best parts of autumn in the Northeast U.S. You can catch some stunning views with a drive through the countryside, but you don't have to leave the city to see trees dressed up in gold and orange plumage. The giant maple in the center of Belmont Plateau is probably the most famous, but we're sure there are others — and we need your help to find them. Tell us about your favorite Philly fall tree here.