US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was excoriated by President Donald Trump yesterday, will speak at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Attorney’s Office near Sixth and Chestnut streets in front of a crowd of law enforcement officials and media. He’s supposed to talk about violent crime and sanctuary cities — both major issues in Philadelphia. Here are more details about his stances and the protest planned outside the event.
Recent news has Philadelphians worried about lead in paint and soil, but old plumbing is still a problem in many neighborhoods. People can be exposed to dangerous levels of lead by drinking tap water. An estimated 60,000 houses in the city still have lead service pipes, according to a PlanPhilly report, which also explains how to test your pipes and why street construction can cause elevated lead levels.
When the 1950s equipment at Crescent Bottling Co. finally broke down after 40 years, third-generation owner Eric Holscher did all he could to convince his uncle and dad not to sell it. Two decades later, he's finally implementing his plan to revive the storied factory. We spoke with Holscher, who said once he's successfully restored the antique machines, he'll start bottling again. Look for Crescent soda to show up at Franklin Fountain and other boutique shops in the region soon.
The city has recently set forth a plan to crack down on panhandling, asking passersby to donate via text rather than give people money on the street. But for many Philadelphia residents — including an increasing number on Baltimore Ave. who often loiter in the space outside Mariposa Food Co-op — panhandling is their only way to make money, or a way to supplement income between jobs. Philly Weekly talked to both the panhandlers who frequent the strip, and the local shop owners, who discussed the "stark choice between cracking down or figuring out how to coexist."
Parks on Tap continues through the summer, but catch a waterfront breeze this weekend. The pop-up beer garden on the Schuylkill Banks ends Sunday.
Where: Schuylkill Banks at 2501 Walnut St. 19103
When: July 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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And the nominees are... pretty cool people doing pretty amazing things in Philly. The 2017 Philly Geek Awards nominees were announced yesterday. These scientists, makers, comic book creators and gamers don't often get mainstream love, but their work is well known. Like the CHOP genetics doctor who treats rare diseases, the activists fighting for racial equality and the woman behind the Philadelphia Burlesque Festival. Get to know these impressive geeks and see who takes home the awards August 26.
Ever heard of the Hyperloop, the technology being pitched in California by tech mogul Elon Musk that would whisk people in pods 700 mph through underground tunnels? Philly may be on the, uh, fast track to get one. Yesterday, Musk tweeted he and one of his companies had received “verbal govt approval” for a New York to Philly to Baltimore to DC Hyperloop. Read on to see how quick this technology would move travelers from NYC to Philly (hint: very quickly).