It's finally here! The NFL Draft starts today, and with it comes expensive scalped tickets, parking problems, free streets for pedestrians, some very tangentially related draft events and tons of yogurt. The Fan Experience portion begins at noon, and includes a zip line, 40-yard dash and a chance to peep the Vince Lombardi Trophy. If you’ve been waiting for this day for weeks and need a recap of essential info, or if you’re just wondering what roads to avoid, here’s everything you should know.
A Kensington woman hit last week by a police car has died. Michelle Kolk, 40, was struck by the cruiser when an officer on the scene responding to an unrelated call put the car in reverse. Meanwhile, a former city homicide detective is heading to prison for 30 days for helping his girlfriend flee a murder arrest. And a 25-year-old Philly cop has been charged with child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Officer Emmanuel Folly of the 18th District surrendered earlier this week. Finally, Officer Adam Soto was charged yesterday with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. The off-duty cop was speeding when he struck and killed a pedestrian in January.
A key committee in the state Senate yesterday voted in favor of a bill that would partially defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania — a move opponents of the bill say could lead to the closure of Planned Parenthood centers throughout the state. Meanwhile, the prime sponsor of the legislation said during a hearing that he doesn’t know how much money would be saved if the bill were to pass… then admitted he’s unclear on what services Planned Parenthood actually provides. Here's what went down during the hearing.
As part of the Philadelphia Science Fest, Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will give a series of fast-paced flash talks about the mysterious red planet, including what we know now and what scientists think we may find in the future.
Where: Ruba Club at 416 Green St. 19123
When: April 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5 in advance; $10 at the door
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After extensive renovations since it shut down in March 2016, The Palm is inching closer to reopening. The ritzy steakhouse in the Bellevue is getting a new look — a much more airy dining room, new light wood seating — but some things are reverting to the old. The entrance has been pushed back to its original spot, for example, and caricatures will be painted directly on the walls.
Last time nationally known Nigerian chef Tunde Wey hosted a dinner in Philly, it was to talk about "Blackness in America." When he returns for a pop-up at South Philly Barbacoa on Friday, the post-meal discussion will center around a different topic: Immigration. Specifically, the debate surrounding undocumented immigrants, and whether they should actually be treated any differently from other foreign-born people living here.
For the third time, Billy Penn is honoring teachers and education leaders as part of our Who’s Next series. They are educators like Ismael Jimenez, who has been teaching social justice and structural racism as part of his African-American studies curriculum, and Lauren Overton, an openly gay principal at Meredith Elementary who's building an accepting, progressive culture. See all 14 of this year's honorees.