The Sixers traded up to No.1 in Thursday's NBA Draft for Markelle Fultz, the combo guard the Sixers need to add to their core of bigs. After being selected, Fultz said, "Great players are going to play well with each other and have a winning mentality. We all want to win, so we’re going to do whatever it takes to get us back to the playoffs and get us to the championship." Here's everything you need to know about the newest Sixer, from school to social media profile to a knee injury that, gulp, seems fine now. The Sixers were just getting started, adding another first rounder from Latvia and four or five more second-rounders they're either stashing in Europe or trading. Here's the rundown of a wild night at the NBA Draft.
Mohammad N. Ali took the stand yesterday against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and told the courtroom, "it's good to know someone in power." Williams faces 23 counts of federal corruption charges, and Ali is one of the business owners alleged to have given the DA gifts in exchange for favors. Ali, whose testimony continues today, detailed things like the custom couch and expensive vacation he gave Williams. And according to reports from the trial, Williams looked pissed.
The Northeast is a leader in Philly solar energy. According to the new Google-run Project Sunroof that tracks the viability of using solar energy by city, state and zip code, neighborhoods like Somerton, Rhawnhurst/Holme Circle have more solar roofs than just about any other area in the city. Chestnut Hill is leading the way. But here's the thing: Only about one percent of homes able to handle solar panels are equipped with solar in the Northeast. And it's a city-wide issue. Read why Philly lags far beyond its peers in solar installations.
Did you know that in Pennsylvania you can get married without an officiant? Because of the deep Quaker legacy in the Commonwealth, engaged couples can apply for self-uniting licenses. They're getting trendier in Philly (remember that Fishtown wedding with the deli photoshoot?) Here's how Quaker wedding licenses work, how to get one and what to do with it. Hoagie photos optional.
The Antemortem Society, a friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery group for millennials, invites partygoers for a night of drinks and dancing. Philadelphia Distilling is taking care of the cocktails; Yards is bringing the brews; the West Philly Orchestra will be handling the tunes. This benefit will take place in the Medallion Garden, the oldest part of the cemetery.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue
When: June 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $35
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You know pierogies, but have you ever had one that's "chicken-fried"? In collaboration with Mrs. T's — yes, the purveyor of those mass-market pierogies found in grocery store freezers — chef Jose Garces came up with a recipe for a battered and fried version of the traditional Polish dumpling. And despite the fact that the product starts out frozen, the end result is pretty damn great. You can just follow the recipe and make your own, or grab some at Spruce Street Harbor Park, where the proceeds go to charity.
The Free Library of Philadelphia has 187 hold requests for Paula Hawkins’ latest novel Into the Water. The most popular books at the Free Library are best-sellers, and the wait for best-sellers can be loooooong. Here are the rankings for the most checked-out and most requested books in the library system, plus how librarians think the summer changes things.