The Sixers season starts tonight! On ESPN! Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will be starting a game together for the first time ever! Exclamation points! What better way to preview tonight's game, and the promising Sixers season, than by breaking it down with the guy who will call it. We talked with ESPN's lead NBA announcer Mike Breen about Embiid, Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Twitter wars, Sad Okafor and, yes, the Sixers making the playoffs.
Maybe the biggest benefit of attending one of Pennsylvania's state-related universities is the in-state tuition discount. But a handful of schools say they might have to take that away, thanks to ongoing state budget issues. Basically, because Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators can't agree on a revenue plan, the universities won't have the money to offer the discounts. For a Penn State student, that's a more than $10,000 difference in cost. Temple and Pitt say they're looking at the same future.
After two rain-outs, families from Philly's refugee and immigrant communities finally got together this weekend in Castor Gardens, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. What'd they do? Played soccer. “Soccer is something familiar in a new place that is full of unfamiliar things," a representative from HIAS Pennsylvania explained. "When our students have the chance to kick a ball and chase it down the field, they momentarily leave behind the stress of the change they’ve had to experience by moving to a new city, school, and neighborhood.” Get more details on Philly Open Soccer and check out photos from the event.
It's been five years since regulations on fuel efficiency were put in place by the Obama administration, paving the road for clean cars of the future. In light of Donald Trump's efforts to roll back those standards, PennEnvironment hosted a "5th birthday party" for them, with cake and banners and shiny new electric Tesla and Nissan models for people to explore. "This is a great fall day that you inhale, you feel great, clean air in your system," Councilman Derek Green said at the event. "However, we need to maintain that for years to come." See what we saw here.
The folks behind North Philly greening project Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden are hosting a food drive to benefit people in the Yabucoa and Aguadilla sections of Puerto Rico, where supplies are still scarce. Bring canned food, powdered milk, alkaline batteries, diapers, hand sanitizer and wet wipes to the garden, and while you're there, slurp up a bowl of special Caribbean asopao rice soup.
Where: Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden at 200 N. Phiip St. 19133
When: October 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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This new beer was inspired by Joel Embiid's love of Shirley Temples and you can drink it for $5 tonight
“If you make a beer that actually tastes like a Shirley Temple, then it’s not gonna taste very good." Word. But Conshohocken Brewing Company and Misconduct Tavern teamed up to find a way around that. And their tribute to the Sixers and Joel Embiid will only cost you $5 a glass during games. Meet "Hinkie's Sweet Revenge."
Express bus service has arrived! Boulevard Direct, SEPTA's new express line, debuts Sunday. It'll carry passengers along Route 14 up and down Roosevelt Boulevard between Frankford Transportation Center and Neshaminy Mall. Check out the details and the schedule, and get a glimpse of one of the new bus shelters.