Travelers can now fly directly between PHL and Reykjavik. Maybe. To commemorate Icelandair's first nonstop flight to Philadelphia, Reykjavik's mayor flew here for a photo-op with mayor Kenney, before a trip back to Iceland was set to follow. But the return flight was forced to land in Boston due to "technical problems." PhillyMag's Victor Fiorillo was on the plane with the mayor, and live tweeted the emergency landing and deplaning at Logan International Airport. The trip was part of a promotion between the cities to set off a summer special in which flights will leave four days a week through Sept. 20. If all goes well during the seasonal trial, the direct trip could become a year-round service. This was not a great start. Shortly after midnight, the pilot told passengers, "We aren't going anywhere."
The weirdest crime from last summer looks like it's happening again...this time in South Philly. Overnight Monday on Broad Street, a group was captured on camera taking a "1" off the house at 1501 S Broad. The theft was reminiscent of the Binary Bandits, and 1501 was one of several houses in the area with address numbers missing. So is this a copy cat crime of last year's East Kensington Binary Bandits?
Pa. Rep. Jordan Harris is pushing to ban K-5 suspensions statewide. “Like, really, we’re suspending 8-year-olds, we’re suspending 9-year-olds,” Harris told Billy Penn, noting that 93 percent of suspensions for fifth-graders and younger in the School District of Philadelphia are over “conduct.” A slew of Philly lawmakers are co-sponsoring, but there’s resistance. Some critics argue that out-of-school suspension is too useful a tool to lose. Here’s what the research says, and why resistance is strong.
The Phillies lost to the Marlins last night, putting their record at 17-33 on the season. After starting 11-9 that's, well, terrible. So what's the problem? For starters, it's the starters. Now, after just two innings last night, Vince Velasquez is headed to the DL. The starting lineup, other than Cesar Hernandez and Aaron Altherr, is horrendous. Maikel Franco is hitting .209, with rumors he might be sent to the minors. 2016 All-Star Odubel Herrera is batting .217. The team hasn't won back-to-back games in over a month. This was supposed to be a rebuilding season. Is it time to start questioning if any of the building blocks are even here?
Catch live music from Boy Wonder at the first of this every-other-Wednesday series at the parklet outside the Tacony Library & Arts building
Where: Tacony LAB at 6918 Torresdale Ave 19135
When: May 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Sort of but not really. Someone spotted the Ghostbusters vehicle parked in Point Breeze Tuesday morning, resulting in plenty of haunted South Philly jokes. But the real reason the car is here is because Wizard World is coming to town. The convention starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Celebrity guests include Chuck Norris, Jesse Eisenberg and John Cusack.
It can be a bit overwhelming to navigate the hundreds of Philly Beer Week events, back for its 10th year from June 1 to 11. Which dinners, draft lineups, meet the brewer shindigs and charity fundraisers are worth your time and money? We're here to help with picks for each of the 10 days of the citywide festival. Catch you out on the town.