The process was trusted, Philadelphia united and the Sixers showed their stuff to take Game 5 versus Miami 104-91 last night. The game was close through three quarters, but even after Philly pulled away by double digits in the fourth, fans were incredibly nervous. This team hasn't won a playoff round since 2012, and even last year things looked questionable. But behind the strength of Embiid, Simmons and the rest of what coach Brett Brown calls his "United Nations" lineup, the Sixers pulled it off beautifully. And this is just the beginning. Though we don't know yet if they'll next face the Bucks or the Celtics, the team is ready. Said Brown in the locker room after the game, right before he got a victory shower: "We have so much more to give."
After nearly six months in Chester SCI, rapper Meek Mill was released from prison yesterday following an order from the PA Supreme Court. In its decision, the court cited the credibility issues of a known lying cop who was a “critical witness” in Meek's original trial, and the fact that the Philly DA's Office said it wasn't opposed to granting Mill bail. Earlier in the day, Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin and comedy celeb Kevin Hart had visited Meek behind bars, and they're the ones who picked him up when he got out — whisking him away to the Wells Fargo Center, and fulfilling Philly's dreams of having the embattled rapper ring the bell at what ended up being a phenomenal Sixers win.
You might not have heard Leo Razzi’s name before, but you’re likely familiar with his work. The artist, who died earlier this month from complications with cancer, left his mark on the Philadelphia via his quirky metalwork sculptures. They're scattered across the city, but most heavily concentrated in his home turf of Northern Liberties, where they range from purely whimsical — giant faces constructed of spare gears and parts — to attractively functional, like benches made from old saw blades. Razzi had a gruff exterior, but was beloved by the neighborhood. A fundraiser memorial party is set for next month at his favorite haunt, North Bowl.
A West Philly landlord sent out dozens of eviction notices earlier this month, telling residents the city had ordered him to shut down. Untrue, PMN reporter Julia Terruso found. Actually, the city sent no such order; the landlord just wanted people so out because he was selling the properties. Lawyers are working with those who are losing their homes, trying desperately to find new housing before the end of the month. Sounds like the kind of situation Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.'s Good Cause bill hopes to mitigate.
Billy Penn's 2018 Who's Next:Public Service class, presented by the Fels Institute of Government, is full of impressive young innovators who dedicate their time and energy to improving our city. So of course we're throwing a party to celebrate and honor them. Join us for an evening of great food and drink, complemented by smart conversation.
Where: Convene at CityView at 30 S. 17th St., 13th Fl., 19103
When: April 26, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $20