A week after news broke he'd used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment complaint by a former staffer, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan announced he will not seek reelection, per PMN. The Republican congressman's move has national ramifications, and it leaves the race for PA's 7th District wide open. That district, one of the most bizarrely shaped in the country, was ground zero for the PA Supreme Court's recent mandate that all lines be redrawn. Latest volley in that saga: the GOP is appealing the state's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The high speed line connecting Philadelphia to King of Prussia inched closer to reality this week. SEPTA announced Thursday its board had approved a plan for the route's path, one that minimizes proximity to homes along the way. Once built, the line is expected to cut transit times to KOP by at least 30 minutes (vs. the current bus options). But don't hold your breath. The project still needs engineering and design reviews, so it'll likely be years before construction begins.
Whatever you think about Aramark, give them this: at Super Bowl LII, the stadium concessions giant is repping Philly right. Two new specialty items have been added to the menu at U.S. Bank Stadium for the Big Game, in tribute to each competing team. New England gets a clam roll, and Philly's signature sandwich is...not a cheesesteak.
DJ and producer King Britt has had a long and varied career. But last night's show at Johnny Brenda's was something really special, as he got to perform alongside a childhood icon. Chuck van Zyl is host of WXPN's "Star's End" radio show, which was the soundtrack to many of Britt's Saturday nights growing up in Southwest. The pair hold each other in mutual respect, and they finally got to show it on stage.
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox told reporters this week that he’s never watched the Super Bowl. Asked what his favorite-ever moment from a championship was, Cox replied matter-of-factly to that Super question that he does not have one, because he has never watched the Super Bowl. “I don’t know. I really don’t watch football," he said. "Y’all know that. I don’t watch sports, you know that.” The quote made national news. And it was a total lie.
Next week is Punxsutawney Phil's time to shine, but this weekend it's all about Tinicum Tim. Meet the Heinz's resident weather-soothing groundhog, and check out the other critters crawling around the refuge near the airport. It's a morning of music, crafts, snacks, guided walks and lessons about how winter treats animals.
Where: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 19153
When: January 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free