Flying bugs took over much of the city Monday. Word is the bugs are now in charge. We had a good run, humans. Much of the "ahhhhh get 'em off me" chatter referred to them gnats, but it seems we've settled on flying ants. The infestation was all over the city and into the suburbs, seen as far north as Connecticut. But it could be worse, Philly. They could be cockroaches.
This fall, the Rizzo statue in Thomas Paine Plaza has a new backdrop. The "Immigrant Alphabet" is a series of 26 posters, one for each letter, which will hang on the exterior of the Municipal Services Building through the end of the year. Meant to raise awareness of immigrant life in America, the project was a collaboration between a world-renowned photographer and 18 immigrant or refugee students from Northeast High School. “If you look at these pictures," said recent NEHS grad Rushama Nasmova, a native of Tajikistan, "they have deep messages inside them."
Larry Krasner, the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia district attorney and the favorite to win the November general election, branded himself as the outsider candidate during the primary, largely through vowing to never seek the death penalty, to address systematic mass incarceration and, to reform the city’s cash bail system. And though there’s already work being done on the inside of Philadelphia’s criminal justice system to reform how bail works, Krasner says it hasn’t gone far enough. But no matter the campaign rhetoric, Krasner can’t do that alone. Luckily for him, he won’t have to.
Philadelphia Police Officer Ryan Pownall is on his way to being fired for breaking protocol and fatally shooting David Jones as Jones ran away him from during a traffic stop in June. But Pownall stands to get his job back thanks to the city's arbitration process. Here's how it works, why the police union loves it and the commissioner calls it "frustrating."
Veteran journalist Edward Eisen will share the story of his career on the front lines of history. He'll talk about how a Jewish kid from Brooklyn became the spokesman for two popes (!), discovered the underbelly of the Philadelphia Mafia and more.
Where: Gershman Y at 410 S. Broad St. 19147
When: September 13, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
How much: $12
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The Phillies have just a few of games left at Citizens Bank Park this season, so while September provides the last chance to see the team's young stars, heading to the ballpark will also score you...whatever the Phils have left in their closet. Seriously, there's a giveaway that's a mystery bobblehead, where you'll get one of three random leftovers. That, plus Beatles night, Star Trek: The Next Generation night (a Picard bobblehead!) and a Goldbergs night where you get slap bracelets. Check out all the giveaways — fidget spinners and t-shirts galore — in our monthly ranking of free crap down at the stadium.
An effort is underway in Philly to raise money to help people renew their DACA permits, and donations are being accepted. The Philadelphia Foundation and Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition want to help young immigrants stay in the country, following President Donald Trump's announcement last week that he intends to eliminate support in March for people who arrived in the US as children. The fee to renew a DACA permit to stay in the US until then is $495. Here's what Philly DACA supporters said last week during a March through Old City.