More than 30 organizations have teamed up to form the MLK DARE (Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment) Coalition, creating a group that will "come together to advance an alternate vision of America's future — one grounded in equality, justice and shared prosperity for all Americans." Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is four days before Donald Trump is sworn in as President, and the march is being billed as a protest of "the ascension of right wing extremism into the highest levels of American public life." Check out all the details, including the groups involved, here.
Last month, the City Council unanimously passed a new wage discrimination bill, barring employers in the city from asking job applicants for salary histories. The legislation was the first of its kind passed in a major U.S. city, and now some pretty big companies, including Comcast — backed by the Chamber of Commerce — told Mayor Kenney they are considering legal action if he signs the bill. Don't ask how much that will cost.
First PATCO had to cancel four trains during Monday's evening commute because of "snow and equipment issues." Then, around 5:20 p.m., a train at the City Hall stop in Camden started smoking, forcing PATCO to evacuate as firefighters tried to determine the cause. Service was suspended west of Ferry Ave. for nearly an hour before the trains started running again. Riders looking for a refund can get info here, but sorry Mary from Mt. Laurel, don't expect PATCO to reimburse you for your Uber.
The Sixers have won three of four and Joel Embiid made national news (again) for suggesting they can make the playoffs. We at Billy Penn trust The Process as much as anyone, but, well, this is just too much to process. We ran the numbers, and even with Ben Simmons back, it'll be really hard. Check our math, and tell us if you have more trust than us.
To mark the anniversary of his death and as part of Philly Loves Bowie Week (which Mayor Kenney officially proclaimed a thing), XPN will dedicate a day of programming to the late, great artist, "pulling from his vast catalog of recorded work, album sides, B-sides, live tracks and some great covers." Tune your transistors or listen online.
Where: WXPN at soundwaves near you
When: January 10, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Most of the floors inside City Hall are as expected: offices for the Mayor's staff, City Council and the courts. But go elsewhere in one of the country's most iconic buildings and you see something very different. The basement looks like an episode of "Hoarders," and if you come across a brick and cinderblock room that looks like it could be a prison cell? It was...in a Jamie Foxx movie. Billy Penn's Mark Dent got the grand tour of the City Hall you never get to see.
Philly Loves Beer. That's not only the truth, it's the new name for the nonprofit that runs Philly Beer Week. Nearing their 10th anniversary, the Philly Beer Week board realized they've grown beyond just "a week," so they've pivoted to become more of a "year-round entity devoted to raising Philadelphia's global profile as a destination city for beer tourism." Check out the list of members, and how to get involved.