A sign went up on the Schuylkill River Trail this week complaining about 'construction.' It was on the fence surrounding a hole in that area under the Chestnut Street Bridge and addressed the lack of work done for over three years on that part of the trail. But there's a reason the spot has been a scourge for Philly runners: It'll cost $1 million to fix. Diagnosing the problem alone cost $100K. Read about this not-so-simple sinkhole that has turned into a literal money pit for the city.
The Bill Cosby jury has been chosen, and as of late Wednesday afternoon, all six alternates had been selected too. Seven men and five women will hear the sexual assault allegations against the comedian; just two of the jurors are black. The defense raised questions of racial bias after 15 black potential jurors were dismissed, but the judge wasn't convinced. The trial starts June 5. Click "follow this" to get updates in your inbox.
Good news, travelers. It looks like your PA driver's license is going to work for getting you on flights after all. With a June 6 deadline looming for the state to comply with the REAL ID Act — so Pennsylvania citizens aren’t at risk of a state driver’s license not being valid ID to board flights — the legislature and Tom Wolf are primed to enact a law that would put this issue to rest. Here's what you need to know about REAL ID and how it could affect you.
If you ride SEPTA or use Twitter, you've probably encountered Thomas Nestel. Philly's Transit Police chief is hard to miss, considering he's 6'6" and tweets about fare evaders eating jail-issued cheese sandwiches. He's terminated 15 transit officers in four years, butting heads with the union. He started "bus checks" to get officers into community policing. He got $100,000 in no-bid contracts from the former head of the PPA. This Philadelphia Weekly profile of Nestel explores it all.
The summer fundraiser for the hunger nonprofit that delivers hot meals to ill or disadvantaged Philadelphians is all about guacamole. Mexican-inspired restaurants from around the city will put up their best creations, and you'll get to taste each one — with plenty of chips — and vote for your favorite.
Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: May 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $35
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PennEnvironment director David Masur loves that people are into bees these days — generally aware of colony collapse and wise to pollinators' importance in our food ecosystem. Part of that's because of actions like Masur's four-year-old "Save the Bees" campaign. To help support that project, he's teamed up with Second District Brewing to host a special happy hour tonight, featuring beer made with local honey, honey-infused snacks and really cool take-home pint glasses.
Gabrielle Spica is 20 years old and running a 43-employee coffee shop on Millersville University's campus. She's part of an experiment that Philly-based coffee company Saxbys is doing with student-operated cafes. Drexel students are already taking part, and soon Temple will be on board. The basic premise: Students are learning how to be entrepreneurs. But of course there's a lot more to it than that.