When Movita Johnson-Harrell was offered the chance to join Philly’s District Attorney’s Office, she almost didn't take the job. But when she pressed DA Larry Krasner about whether she'd have to leave her gun violence activism behind, he assured her she would not — in fact, he said, that powerful voice is why he hired her. Now, Johnson-Harrell is preparing to lead Philly's first-ever Crime Victims’ Advisory Committee. More than 80 people expressed interest in sitting on the panel, which should be finalized next week and convene for the first time in June.
Do you use your phone when driving? Four out of five people say they do, despite distracted driving being a leading factor in crashes — and despite laws against the practice. In Pennsylvania, the law is so weak that police almost never pull people over for breaking it, and rarely issue citations, Justine McDaniel reports for PMN. Only one tenth of one percent of drivers have ever been ticketed for it. If you do? The penalty is a paltry $50. And unlike some other states, there aren't even signs reminding you it's illegal. Legislators have begun hearings on strengthening the law.
Bryan Kravitz is Philly's resident typewriter guru. His shop on East Passyunk has thousands of the machines, and now he wants to spread the clickety-clack around Philadelphia. His new project is trying to get 2,000 typewriters placed in public spaces around town by the year 2020. This isn't just a nostalgia jag — the immediately accessible physicality of typewriters can be a great way for young kids to get interested in letters and writing. To achieve his goal, writes Technically Philly, Kravitz has begun hosting a workshop series. Ten classes over five weeks will run you $75, and you can sign up via email or calling on his landline.
Some Philadelphians feel naming the stairs leading to the Art Museum after a fictional character is silly, but fact is the Rocky Steps are famous. They're part tourist attraction, part exercise course, part meeting place and part architectural landmark. Sylvester Stallone, however, apparently has his own use for the name. During Creed 2 filming this week, Sly made a stop up in Kensington at his character's original home. As he sat down to indulge in some reminiscing, he referred to the stoop by name. “I don’t know how many times I’m gonna get a chance to visit this place,” Stallone said in a video posted to Instagram, “so it may be just the last time I sit here on the Rocky Steps.”
This celebration of literacy organized by Tree House Books is back for a second year. Mayor Jim Kenney will read to kids, live music will play and authors will give talks. Also expect games, prizes and the largest free book market and book swap in the area.
Where: Smith Memorial Playground at 3500 Reservoir Dr., 19121
When: May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free