Allen Iverson is one of the most beloved figures in Philadelphia sports history. The dude can do no wrong in Philly and people will have his back. So why did fans at Sunday night's Big3 basketball show boo? Why did thousands of people walk out at halftime of the game A.I. and Dr. J were coaching? (Was it because of Fat Joe?) And why did the Sixer legends and Big3 owner Ice Cube refuse to talk to the media after the event? The Big3 at WFC was a big disappointment. Find out why, as we run through the highlights, and lowlights, of A.I.'s return to Philly.
Many know him as owner of successful South Street West joint and food truck Phoebe's BBQ, but Stas Botsaris has never before talked about his battle to get clean. Now he's sharing his story in hopes that it might help others struggling to recover from addiction. Here's how the Philly native overcame a troubled past tinged with organized crime, and why he's moving on from the restaurant biz.
Lynn Yeakel went from 1 percent name recognition to barely losing to the famed Arlen Specter in a US Senate race in 1992. Twenty-five years later, she's trying to get more women to run like she did. Yeakel founded Vision 2020 at Drexel a few years ago, setting 2020 as a baseline for meeting goals on women's representation in government and business and voter turnout. And now that the deadline is approaching, find out why she thinks Donald Trump's victory could actually help.
Independence Health Group provides coverage to about 140,000 people in the region through Blue Cross. But IBX is the only insurer left on the Affordable Care Act's exchange in Philly and with several weeks for insurers to finalize coverage plans, there's still time for them to back out. The Associated Press spoke this weekend with Daniel Hilferty, CEO of the group which has said it plans to return. But Hilferty is worried.
Every third Tuesday, the West Philadelphia Orchestra is donating funds from its upstairs dance party in the Gayborhood to a different local nonprofit. This month's lucky recipient is the Philadelphia Orchard Project, which works with communities to plant useful and edible plants around the city. Just pay the cover charge and you're helping the cause.
Where: Franky Bradley's at 1320 Chancellor St. 19107
When: July 18, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to July 19, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $10 cover
Billy Penn Likes
Friday we shared the story of Patrick Lavecchia, the lucky local leading the World Series of Poker. He had amassed more than 1.5 million chips at the 7,000-plus person event, but when reached by Billy Penn Friday he didn't want to talk at the risk of jinxing himself. He should have talked. By Saturday, Levecchia was in last. Sunday, he busted, earning more than $50,000 in the $10,000 buy-in event. He finished 125th, outlasting fellow local Aaron Overton, who started the weekend in 21st place with more than 2.5 million chips, but busted in 139th. Just 27 players remain, with the winner earning more than $8 million. See how all the locals fared here.
Winter is here. Game of Thrones, the beloved HBO fantasy drama, returned Sunday. And no, we're not going to spoil it for the DVRing among you, but a lot has changed since we first gave you our GoT-inspired political houses of Philly; both on the show, and in the city. Looking for some more local spoiler-free Thrones #content? Philly Voice did a fantasy draft of which characters you think will win (but they included all the dead ones) while the Free Library of Philadelphia ranked which GoT characters you'd most want at your block party. The answer is obviously Samwell Tarly, who one could surely convince to tend the grill while everyone else drinks and has fun.