In a closely-watched race with national implications, Larry Krasner, the defense attorney who became the darling of the social justice movement, has become a near-lock to become district attorney of Philadelphia. Krasner, who has represented clients including Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter, won the Democratic primary and will represent the party on the November ballot. And in a city with a 7-to-1 Democratic voter registration advantage, the odds are high that come January, he’s going to be the DA. Here's why his win is hugely significant, both locally and nationally, and here's a look at this year's high voter turnout for the DA primary, which rivaled recent gubernatorial races in Philly.
So, not awful but not great. No, we're not describing how the Sixers will be on the court next year, but it is a fair way to assess the results of Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery. The Sixers moved up from the fourth position to third via the pick swap with the Kings, who pick fifth. That's where the Sixers would have chosen based on the lottery results. So, that's a plus. The minus? The Sixers didn't get the top pick, which went to the Celtics, and didn't get the Lakers' pick, which they would have if LA fell out of the top 3. The Lakers will pick second, and the Sixers now officially get LA's first rounder next year. Here's a rundown of all the odds, and who the Sixers will look to draft in June.
A groundskeeper at Adath Jushurun Cemetery in Frankford found five tombstones knocked over Tuesday, and police are asking for any information about the latest act of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in the city. This isn't the first incident at this cemetery, as more than 100 graves were desecrated back in July, 2015. This week's incident comes a few months after hundreds of headstones were knocked over at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming, a rock was thrown through a window of a synagogue in Tacony and several local Jewish community centers received bomb threats.
Rembrandt's, a Fairmount institution since 1985, will close for good this summer. Owner Gail Seygal, who took over the bar and restaurant from founder Jan Zarkin in 2009, is ready to move on, she told Billy Penn, confirming the property has been sold. Both Seygal and staff, many of whom have worked at the spot for more than a decade, are sad to see the neighborhood standby go.
To celebrate National Bike Month, the Kimpton hotel has enlisted mechanics from Keswick Cycle to set up in front of their doors and host a free tuneup session. Get your front and rear derailleurs adjusted, brakes tightened, tires inspected and other fixes while you wait. The pop-up shop will be open from 7-9 a.m., 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m..
Where: Hotel Monaco at 433 Chestnut St. 19106
When: May 17, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Last month, we announced our 2017 Who's Next: Education nominees — 14 outstanding educators helping shape Philadelphia's next generation. The whole crew gathered at Billy Penn HQ last night to celebrate with a delicious spread. We got to hang out with them in person, but you can catch up on their fantastic achievements here. It's really an exceptional list.
This afternoon in Dilworth there won’t be a protest, but rather a fauxtest. Local comedy troupe Creatures of the Night is throwing an event riffing off the controversial Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner. "Pepsi is the only answer to world peace at this point. So why not try the last resort and crack open a refreshing Pepsi,” the Facebook event suggests. But the comedy troupe is not throwing shade at Pepsi or Kendall. They’re really satirizing how many protests have happened in Philly recently. Here are more details on the demonstration, and why Creatures of the Night decided to throw it.