In Larry Krasner's first week after being sworn in as Philadelphia District Attorney, he's making moves. On Friday he fired at least 31 DAO staffers, PMN reports, including many longtime prosecutors — one of whom was set to go to trial next week. (The office employs between 500 and 600 people in total). A Philadelphia Weekly follow-up late Friday detailed where the dismissals occurred. Krasner's targets included attorneys known for seeking the death penalty; higher-ups in the Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit (which has come under fire recently); and two ADAs connected to the "Porngate" scandal. Per PMN, former Philly DA and Gov. Ed Rendell said such turnover was "not unusual."
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia doesn’t recommend you get on a bike in this weather. BCGP Communications Manager Randy LoBasso said there’s a lot of snow and ice left over from Thursday’s bomb cyclone that can make city biking especially dangerous. But if you must, there are some precautions you can take to stay safe and maintain your bike. Try to find plowed roads, check your tire pressure regularly and wash the salt of your bike. And oh yeah: wear gloves.
The Sixers dominated the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center to bring their record back to .500 last night, leading by 30 at halftime and finishing things off at 114-78, despite both Simmons and Embiid sitting for the entire fourth quarter. In the first three, Simmons was masterful, doing a bit of everything: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. The only downside was that former Sixer and NBA superstar Julius "Dr. J" Erving, who rang the bell to start the game to commemorate an iconic dunk 35 years ago, fell ill as he was watching. He left the box in a wheelchair and was taken to a hospital. Get well soon, Doc.
The lingering snow and absurd cold are causing problems for everyone and every activity, including parking. "Problems" is relative, of course, because one person's frustration at not finding a spot is another person's carefully constructed "savesies" set up. We collected the best of those and other snow driving woes in this edition of The Week in Parking.
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Bring the kids to this creative session where you'll get inspired by painted landscapes in the galleries and then create your own art using cut paper and watercolor.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 19130
When: January 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free with admission (adults $20)
Every first Sunday since 2016, the loose coalition of do-gooders under the name "PMA Bike Ride" has been gathering to buy pizza at local shops and hand it out to people on the street. This weekend is no different — and you don't need a bike to participate. West Philly folks should meet at Rosa's at 1 p.m.; the South Philly spin starts at 4 p.m. at Cacia's.
Where: 1 p.m. Rosa's; 4 p.m. Cacia's at 16 S. 40th St. / 1526 W. Ritner St.
When: January 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to January 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: The cost of a pizza
Local business Got Laundry? has turned the annual NYC-based No Pants Subway Ride into a charity event. Bring socks to donate to people in need, then drop your pants and ride the MFL with a group of similarly un-clad folks. At least train cars are heated.
Where: Market-Frankford Line at 15th Street Station
When: January 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: New pair of socks
Reiki is Japanese Buddhist stress reduction and healing technique that involves "laying on hands" to soothe and calm the body. (You might have seen it used by Mr. Miyagi in the '80s classic The Karate Kid.) This class is a free introduction to the technique. Attendees will leave with coupons for discounts on future classes. (Rescheduled from Jan. 7.)
Where: Learn Reiki Philadelphia at 251 N. 2nd St., 19106
When: January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
New NOLA-inspired restaurant Acadia is soft-opening with a bang. A Twelfth Night party to mark the end of Christmas and the start of Carnival will feature King Cake, menu samples, drinks (including milk punch) and music. Open to neighbors, family, friends and anyone interested in checking out the new spot.
Where: Acadia at 824 S. 8th St., 19147
When: January 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free