Looks like 40 hours of community service is the punishment awaiting Duncan M. Lloyd, that attorney in the city solicitor’s office who was caught on video sipping a glass of wine and watching as another person scrawled "F—k Trump" on the side of a grocery store. The Philadelphia Law Department told the Inquirer on Saturday that no charges were filed against Lloyd, who was suspended for two weeks without pay, and that he would keep his job. That's probably not going to please the PA GOP, which called for Lloyd's dismissal in a scathing statement that called the incident emblematic of the “hysterical pearl-clutching of the ‘progressive’ elite.”
The newest skyscraper in Philadelphia has several standout features, but what makes the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South most obviously different from the rest of the city’s modern high-rises is its branding. Forty-nine stories above the Schuylkill, a huge “FMC” glows bright and red, reflecting in the water and presiding over the popular walking trail that traces the river’s banks. Here's what it stands for, and the story behind the company name.
You have two choices when it comes to December 31: You could wait until the last minute and miss out on the lowest prices and best venues, or you could plan ahead. Either way, we're here for you. Billy Penn rounded up a list of more than 60 events, parties, ragers, dinners and other things to do on New Years Eve in Philly. Seriously, there's something for everyone here.
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What's the best thing to cure a cold and wet Monday afternoon? Chocolate. Chocolatier Kevan Baszczewski will give out samples of his truffles in flavors like coconut-pineapple and strawberry creme. Oh, and they're all vegan. Expect free savory snacks, too.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: December 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free food / discounted drink
Maybe you're thinking of creating handmade holiday cards, or just want to up your drawing skills. Come for a short tutorial, then practice what you learned. There's board games and beers from Dock Street for even more fun.
Where: WeWork Northern Liberties at 1010 N. Hancock St. 19123
When: December 13, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20 with RSVP (free for AIGA members)
Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will talk about how environmental issues (coal-fired power plants, droughts, flooding) can unequally affect residents of low-income urban neighborhoods — and what we can do about it. RSVP requested.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: December 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
Why let getting elected mayor of a giant metropolis keep you from your favorite holiday tradition? Jim Kenney will reprise his famous role as Buddy the Elf next to Councilman Mark Squilla as Santa at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival kick-off party. NOTE: Postponed.
Where: Franklin Square at 200 6th St. 19106
When: December 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
How much: Free
New local lifestyle clothing brand Paratodo has a focus on philanthropy, and this year designer Francis Young is donating 25% of his profits to PAWS for medical care for animals waiting for adoption. Check out the new line (potential gifts!) at a launch party with free drinks.
Where: Ps & Qs at 820 South St. 19147
When: December 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
How much: Free