There have been so many Pennsylvania recount stories we should change the name of the site to Jilly Penn. Jill Stein was back in the news Monday, with a recount rally in Harrisburg, and filing a federal lawsuit seeking any way to get the PA recount to happen. “We want to make sure every single vote in Pennsylvania is counted and is counted accurately,” Ilann Maazel, Stein’s New York attorney, said Monday. “This is a state where the majority of voters are forced to vote with DRE machines. DRE machines are easier to hack than an iPhone.” While the state fight goes on, the recount in Philly is done. City Commissioners Office recounted votes in 75 of Philly's 1600-plus divisions and found five extra votes for Hillary. So who's to blame for all this? Well, people who voted for Jill Stein, mostly. Yep. Millennials.
Testimony that Bill Cosby gave in 2006 will officially be coming back to haunt him. Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Monday a deposition Cosby gave in a lawsuit filed by one of his accusers that includes admissions he gave women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used in his sex assault trial. Cosby settled a lawsuit with accuser Andrea Constand years ago, but, per the AP, "release of the deposition testimony last year prompted them to reopen her 2005 police complaint and arrest Cosby days before the statute of limitations expired." Here is a full timeline of the case.
This story is nuts. Emily Youcis, known for years at Citizens Bank Park as 'Pistachio Girl' for the salty snacks she sold at Phillies games, was fired by Aramark after her social media activity linked her to white nationalist groups. Aramark said in a statement, "We can only confirm that the individual asked about is no longer employed after publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values." The second-rate nut peddler got into hot water after appearing in a video saying she wanted to "stand up for white America," calling herself a "cult personality figure" for the Phillies. "I was a god there. I owned that stadium." As of this morning, no comment from the peanut gallery.
Since April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have dwelled in encampments near the Missouri River in an effort to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sunday, the water protectors and demonstrators celebrated victory: The Department of the Army announced that it would not grant the final permit needed for construction there and “explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.” David Commins, CEO of the indie paper the Philadelphia Secret Admirer, has been on the scene at Standing Rock and spoke with Billy Penn about his experiences. Philadelphians like Commins have been making the trek out to North Dakota to join the indigenous people and allies of other backgrounds around the country. Follow his journey, and the fight of the Standing Rock protesters.
If you know anything about the history of West Philadelphia, go to this meeting (or tell your grandparents to go). PECCDC, The New Africa Center and other partners are building an online interactive map that marks the historical events and places of the area. Bring old photos, there will be a scanner.
Where: Community Education Center at 3500 Lancaster Ave. 19104
When: December 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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There are 40 bowl games this college football season. Including the national title game, that’s 41 contests from December 17 through January 9 between 80 different teams. Eighty. And yet, Pennsylvania is the only state in the country with three teams ranked in the college football playoff Top 25. Without a team in the College Football Playoff — the debate of whether Penn State deserves to be in the playoffs seems to fall firmly along the expansive geographic border of Big Ten country — Pennsylvania still did pretty well for itself this football season. But there's bowl disappointment for all three, be it a trip to Pasadena, Annapolis or...the Bronx.
Cheesesteak options in University City are about to get a royal upgrade: Steve’s Prince of Steaks is opening at 39th and Sansom streets. A lease has been signed for a space on the ground floor of the Hamilton Court complex, according to Steve’s owner Steve Iliescu, who expects to open the shop’s doors sometime this spring. “We’ve been wanting to go open in University City for a long time,” Iliescu said. If you can't wait for the new Steve's to open, vote for his existing shop in our Ultimate Cheesesteak Final Four. Steve's is facing John's Roast Pork, while Jim's tries to hold off Barry's in the other semifinal. Vote now. There won't be a recount.