Larry Krasner isn’t the DA yet. But he’s got big plans. The newly-anointed Democratic nominee for District Attorney of Philadelphia held his first press conference yesterday since winning the primary Tuesday, laying out how he won, his vision for the office, and, of course, that feud with the police union. We recap six highlights of his press conference here. And if you're just getting to know Krasner, check out our rundown of who he is, what's in his past and how he could seriously upend the Office of the District Attorney.
A day doesn't go by without another blockbuster coming out of Washington, but while the country is arguing about FBI investigations and impeachment rumors, tens of thousands of local immigrants are left waiting for the other shoe to drop. Philly.com reports that between January and March Philadelphia saw the largest increase in the nation in arrests of immigrants who never committed a crime. Six times as many as last year. There are more than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the area, and many have become increasingly concerned over President Trump's policies. Here are some of their stories.
Philly, throw out your old sponges. Now. Drexel University conducted a recent study that looked at 100 kitchens in Philadelphia and 44 percent had fecal coliforms present on common-area surfaces. You might remember such coliform conversations from our "don't drink the Dilworth Fountain water" report. This is a lot worse. In 39 percent of kitchens, researchers found actual pathogens that would make people sick and, per NewsWorks, theses are the type of potential health code violations that would get a restaurant kitchen shut down. The grossest surfaces? Countertops and fridge doors.
Look, it's hot this week. Like, really hot, which means you have a daily excuse to get down on frozen treats. Good news on that front: Philly is absolutely chock full of ice cream parlors. From neighborhood classics to gelaterias and national brand storefronts to trendy rolled ice cream shops, here's a giant map of all the spots to score a cool scoop on a hot day like today.
Yes, another pop-up beer garden, but can there really be too many? Each Thursday through the end of June, Brulee Catering is collaborating with the Free Library to turn the roof overlooking the Parkway into an outdoor party. Expect local beers, wine, cocktails and made-to-order snacks like charcuterie and cheese and house-baked pretzels. 21+
Where: Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: May 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Billy Penn Likes
The Sixers have a lot of options in this year's NBA Draft. With the third pick (for the third time in four years) the Sixers could go with a point guard, but Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball (and his train wreck of a father) may be gone by then. So...best available? Who is that, and how would each prospect fit into the Sixers rotation of Embiid, Saric, Simmons and a host of other young players? From Josh Jackson of Kansas to De'Aaron Fox or Malik Monk of Kentucky to Jayson Tatum of Duke, we look at all the Sixers' options at No. 3.
The Hammer of Glory that kicks off Opening Tap every year is Philly Beer Week's most famous symbol, but how did a 40-inch wood and steel mallet become the festival's mascot? It had to do with adding levity to the first-of-its-kind beer fest, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary June 1-11. "We need something stupid," the HOG creators agreed back in 2008, when they commissioned the custom object from a Kensington metalworker. Recently refinished in nickel, the hammer will make its debut during a wacky relay through the city on its way to Opening Tap, including a stop at the Billy Penn office.