After a jury spent more than five days deliberating Bill Cosby's only criminal charges for sexual assault, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill finally accepted that they were deadlocked and declared a mistrial Saturday. After the decision was announced, District Attorney Kevin Steele said his office planned to re-try the case, which could be an uphill climb. The Cosby team, on the other hand, wasted no time in claiming victory, with a spokesperson telling the press, "his power is back," and saying that attorney Gloria Allred should "go back to law school." You can get email updates in the continuing saga by clicking "follow this" here.
The trend in Philly lately is for restaurateurs to add liquor licenses and move away from BYOBs, but the family behind storied Italian restaurant Girasole are going in the opposite direction. The Iovinos, who first opened at 13th and Locust back in 1990, and most recently ran their spot just off Broad and Pine for eight years, are downsizing. Their next venture will be Angelina's Italian Ristorante, a cozy, simple BYOB in Bella Vista.
Nobody wants to park anywhere in Philadelphia, and that's big business for Lyft. It's pretty much how driver Gayle Gregory Goodman makes a living. This edition of The Week in Philly Parking features her story, as well as a reminder that you should never park in wet cement, no matter how good the spot is.
Top NBA Draft prospect Markelle Fultz worked out for the Sixers Saturday, but said he isn't worried about the trade rumors over the No. 1 pick: "I let God take care of it, really." God or not, guys guaranteed to go in the top two don't work out for the team with the No. 3 pick, so we can assume this trade is done. The Sixers are getting Fultz, and, per Adrian Wojnarowski, they're giving up the third pick and either the Lakers' or Kings' future first rounder. After his workout, the Maryland native said of joining Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, "It would be pretty cool. Just being with a young team. The upside of it would be crazy." Check out all the details and what it means for the Sixers here.
On the Calendar
Community leaders and experts in East Asian history and culture will come together to discuss the world’s longest continuous nation-state during a special screening of the premiere of WHYY's new series, "The Story of China." Start with bites from Jane G's Dim Sum House, then head to the panel discussion and show.
Where: WHYY at 150 6th St. 19106
When: June 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
People of all faiths and cultures are invited to International House Philadelphia's open iftar dinner — aka the feast that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during the monthlong celebration of Ramadan. A full meal is included with the $10 ticket price.
Where: International House Philadelphia at 3701 Chestnut St. 19104
When: June 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
It's usually part of Philly Beer Week, but the dates didn't mesh, so this brew-filled adult take on the Nickelodeon classic Double Dare is taking place this week. Marc Summers himself will lead the fun in the Fishtown beer garden. Swing by to watch or participate — you might get slimed by the master himself.
Where: Frankford Hall at 1210 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: June 21, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to June 22, 2017 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: $5 admission/pay-as-you-go food and drink
This year, the national workshop for writers of color known as VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts) has landed in Philly. Part of the programming includes free faculty readings that are open to the public, including this session celebrating the work of author Samuel R. Delaney, aka Chip, who was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Where: Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall at 3417 Spruce St. 19104
When: June 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP requested
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is going all out with the boardwalk theme this year. Proof? They've installed an actual 60-foot ferris wheel (stay tuned for preview pics later this week). There's also a classic carousel and other arcade games, plus food and drink on what DRWC is calling "the Midway."
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go