Philly's newly elected officials will be inaugurated in a ceremony at the Kimmel Center this morning. Newcomers include Rebecca Rhynhart, who replaces Alan Butkovitz and becomes the city's first woman Controller, and Larry Krasner. A longtime defense attorney and criminal justice reformer, Krasner surprised the nation by running for — and winning — the position of Philadelphia District Attorney. As he takes office, no one is quite sure what to expect, but all eyes are watching, not just how he plans to reform the criminal justice system, but who stays and who goes in the DA's office. And as a Los Angeles Times story from Dec. 31 asked, "Is his election a sign of more change to come?"
The Eagles have a week off before they host the NFC Divisional playoff round next week. Saturday, January 13 at 4:35 p.m. the Linc fans will welcome either the Falcons, Panthers or Saints. We took a look at each of the Eagles' potential second round opponents. Yes, they won't have to play the Rams or Vikings until the NFC title game, but they'll have to beat one of these three teams first. And it won't be easy.
Anyone who thought the freeze would keep Mummers from partying on Two Street doesn't know Mummers very well. Sidewalks weren't quite as packed as last year, when temps hovered in the 40s, but things still rocked. In 2017, it wasn't until three days after the festivities that the final metal barricades and beer cans were finally removed — after complaints from nearby residents drew them to the city's attention. We'll keep an eye on things to see how it pans out this time around (send us a tip or pic if you have one). One Pennsport resident did see a silver lining this year: the "Night Market's worth of food trucks" that descend on Second Street.
Pennsylvania has joined seven other states in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over pollution. At issue is the EPA's failure to hold states in the Midwest and South to stricter standards. Pollution and smog generated there drifts into Pa. and other "downwind states," Attorney General Josh Shapiro told WHYY. Last summer, Shapiro and other AGs successfully sued the EPA over a separate clean air issue. Shapiro also notched a minor victory in mid-December, when a federal judge issued an injunction blocking Trump's rollback of the birth control mandate.
The Secret Synth Society Philadelphia has an intimidating sounding name, but if you've always wanted to share your love of noodling around on keyboards, this group is for you. Newcomers are welcome at the monthly meetings, where members show off and share gear, jam, network and have fun. No skill requirements to join.
Where: BridgeSet Sound at 710 South St., 19147
When: January 2, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Whether your Christmas tree's still up because you love the holiday look or because you didn't feel like dealing with it yet, now's a good time to take it down. As of today, trees are being accepted for recycling at all six of Philly's Sanitation Convenience Centers. If driving to one of those isn't convenient or you're waiting until Three Kings' Day, 23 additional locations will gladly receive your bundle of flammable pine starting Saturday. Here's details on how to do it. Take note: If you leave it on the curb, it'll just end up clogging the trash.
In case you think things are generally horrible as we head into 2018, get some perspective by looking back a century. Cartoonist Steve Teare drew a collection of vignettes for Philly Weekly showing some milestones of Philadelphia 1918. They include a flu epidemic, a coal shortage, a race riot and raids on German-language newspapers. But it wasn't all bad — check out the illustrated history here.