Round 1 goes to Johnny Doc. Philly.com reports the city's electrician union boss is no longer facing a racketeering lawsuit. The suit was filed against Doc and IBEW Local 98 after he got into a fistfight with a non-union worker. Lawyers say they're looking for more people to come forward about intimidation by Dougherty. In the meantime, no news yet on the FBI investigation into Doc.
Just days after the presidential election, Emily Morse was itching to do something — anything — to send President-elect Donald Trump a message. She reached out to organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, a massive event planned to take place in DC the day after Trump’s inauguration, to see how she could help start a version here. Morse made a “Women’s March on Philadelphia” Facebook event for a Philly version. The response has been overwhelming.
Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist, then met with Congress; Chase Utley returned to Philly with the Dodgers; the NFL Draft was announced for Philly; Josh Huff left town with weed and a gun; and Eric Lindros finally got into the Hockey Hall of Fame, inviting his brother onto the stage. Those were pretty major Philly sports stories this year — and they didn't even make it onto our list. See what did.
This South Philly woodworking studio is hosting a series of BYO woodcraft classes. This edition leads you through the steps of creating heart wall art, so you'll leave with new decor for your home (or a late gift). Sign up in advance to guarantee a spot.
Where: OFC Philly at 1918 S. Bancroft St. 19145
When: December 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
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The walk from Festival Pier to the Spring Garden El stop at night used to be a dark one. Not anymore, though. The street improvements at the stop between Second and Front streets feature a light installation so striking that it hits the eye as more than nice urbanism — it’s public art. The $2.4 million grant-funded project to liven up the path to the waterfront is years in the making. It looks similar to the Race Street design under that portion of I-95, but here's what sets this apart.
You hear Mummers Parade and you think white dude from South Philly, right? Believe it or not, the city's traditional New Year's Day parade is changing, slowly but surely. We'll find out Jan. 1 if this year's sensitivity training had an effect. But efforts to recruit younger — and maybe less offensive — mummers are nothing new. Check out our story from 2015 on the next generation of mummers.