Over a year ago Larry Krasner's friends in the legal community wouldn't have guessed a trial lawyer who's sued police dozens of times could become DA. Yet after the after Donald Trump won in 2016, the corruption scandal of previous DA Seth Williams and increased activism citywide, Krasner was exactly the DA Philly wanted. Krasner, a Democrat, defeated Republican Beth Grossman soundly, taking 74.6 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts counted. Here's how Philadelphia ended up with a District Attorney who will get more attention than any in the country. In other citywide elections, Rebecca Rhynhart won the City Controller race with 82.8 percent of the vote, Democrats swept the seven judge races and the Home Rule Charter ballot questions — read each here — went "no" and "yes" by more than 60 percent each.
Former Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died Tuesday when his Icon A5 aircraft went down in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida. Halladay had recently purchased the small plane, tweeting that he had dreamed about owning one since he retired. A noted adventurer, Halladay's Twitter bio is "courage is not being fearless but rather acting in spite of the existence of fear." He was one of the game's best pitchers, and was equally thought of as one of the game's best people. Halladay, married with two young boys, was 40 years old. Doc was only in Philly for a few seasons, but left a lasting impact on the city, and the game.
After a years-long legal quest to gain immunity from state anti-discrimination laws, Chestnut Hill College will accept a Pa. Supreme Court denial and face a hearing over its alleged racist treatment of a black former student. Here are more details about the case and punishments CHC could face from the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.
Olney Charter High School has seven students who recently arrived from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's destruction. Dozens of other students whose families recently arrived in Philly are scattered across the School District. But at Olney, which is in the heart of the city's Puerto Rican community, everyone is feeling the effects of the storm. The principal's in-laws have moved in. The director of student support services, who came to Philly from Puerto Rico as a teen, is trying to get the new arrivals settled. Here's what life is like right now at the school.
Renowned religion scholar and bestselling author Reza Aslan will discuss his most recent work, God: A Human History. The book is described as "a chronicle of humanity’s drive to reconcile its spiritual beliefs [that] draws a line from prehistoric religions to today’s interfaith connections." You know, light stuff. Advance tickets recommended.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: November 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $24 and up
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What's a good present for your 125th birthday? If you're Reading Terminal Market, a new website is the perfect thing. Philly's original food hall and market just rolled out a new design for its web presence, featuring easy navigation, lots of photos and a 3-D interactive map. Also new: online shopping. Just in time for the Thanksgiving season, RTM is piloting a new ordering system that lets you pay in advance, then pick up groceries curbside. Here's how it works.
Here's a new one for the realm of absurdist viral video memes: dildo-flipping. Yes, as in the act of tossing sex toys in the air so their suction cup end catches and sticks in unexpected locations. It's a hobby Philly native Brian Spiegle came up with on a whim last spring — one that has earned him some serious internet cred. Why did BuzzFeed call one of his videos the No. 3 most legendary Snapchat ever? Find out here.