A vigil for the victims of the Parkland shooting Tuesday night brought about 50 people to the apron of City Hall. Philly teens in attendance told WHYY they identified personally with the Florida high school student survivors, because many of them had also recently lost friends to gun violence. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner took the opportunity to call for a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons, and called on the public to "demand" that prosecutors across the nation end "unregulated access to firearms." A March 21 rally called "Demand the Ban" is planned.
Oscar's Tavern, the popular Center City dive at 1524 Sansom St., is currently closed, and will remain that way for at least another 24 hours. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Department of Health slapped a cease operations order on the bar. The problem: Serious health code violations, including many mouse droppings, buzzing flies, and a live mouse sighted during inspection. In response to the news, many regulars have noted they don't expect anything more from the tiny kitchen, which is known for its cheesesteak-and-a-half deal.
On Friday, Mastery Shoemaker student Nasihah Thompson-King was forced to choose between taking off her hijab and participating in a girls basketball playoff game. Thompson-King, who is Muslim and has played all season, chose to sit out. Apparently the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has a rule requiring an advance waiver be filled out if players want to wear head coverings. On Tuesday, per NBC10, seven state lawmakers sent a letter to the PIAA asking for the rule to be dropped when it comes to religious reasons.
Appropriate for this warm weather, Easter candy has started showing up on shelves. Bethlehem, Pa.-based Just Born is rolling out a new set of Peeps flavors, and while some of them are ho-hum, there's one that's pretty exciting: pancakes and syrup. Only problem for Philadelphians looking to try the new treat is they're only sold at Kroger markets, which means nowhere in this area. A spokesperson told Billy Penn the Pancake Peeps are available at the company store, about an hour and a half north of the city, and are also available in bulk quantities online.
Reading Terminal Market is celebrating its 125th birthday with a day of events and specials inspired by 1893. There'll be a ribbon cutting with the governor and mayor to commemorate "the grand opening it never had"; Victorian-era street performers; throwback prices given out when a bell rings; and a special display of cakes at all the bakeries that call RTM home.
Where: Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Filbert St., 19107
When: February 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free entertainment / pay as you go