Dwight Evans was the first local congressman to announce he was boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration, but he's not the only one. Bob Brady told CBS 3 he's skipping it too, out of respect for Rep. John Lewis. Monday evening, Brendan Boyle posted on his Facebook page that he will also avoid this week's inauguration, saying, "The election of Donald Trump presents a challenge to my long held view of presidential inaugurations. As much as I cherish this day, can I in good conscience celebrate that which I believe is a grave mistake? Can I sit by mere yards away and applaud the desecration of the most important office in the history of the world?" Boyle wrote he accepts and respects the decision of the voters, but "I will not celebrate it."
By fall of 2015, Philadelphia had taken in just six refugees over the course of a year from Syria. By the fall of 2016, it had taken in 184. Because of the lengthy screening process, many of those requests were made as far back as 2014, and they joined a group of more than 10,000 Syrian refugees resettled in America in 2016 — as part of a promise made by President Barack Obama — as millions more fled to Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Europe. HIAS Pennsylvania is an affiliate of one of the nine organizations that receives funding from the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees. From finding people homes to, enrolling kids in school, to finding adults work and integrating families into their communities, this is the story of what they do, and what might happen now.
Monday was a national day of service, and a remembrance of one of the great civil rights leaders in our nation's history. Thousands of Philadelphians took part in the #ReclaimMLK Day March on Monday. You can watch and experience the event here.
Taste beer from 30 breweries, eat light snacks and listen to live music at this all-proceeds-to-charity beerfest benefiting Philly hunger and coats-for-kids nonprofits.
Where: World Cafe Life at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: January 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $30
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Joel Embiid scored 22 points and Dario Saric added 17 off the bench as the Sixers won, again, 113-104 in Milwaukee against a good, young Bucks team. That's six wins in their last eight games, a 5-2 record in 2017 and 13 wins on the season. Embiid scored 18 of his 22 in the second half, adding 12 rebounds and five blocks. He's in a rookie class by himself, and is now being compared to another famous Kansas center turned Philly hoops legend: Wilt Chamberlain.
Soda tax hitting you hard? Here's a solution: Drink beer! Starting today, Pennsylvania distributors can sell beer in any quantity, including individual bottles, six-packs and growlers. The new law also lets bars start selling alcohol as early as 9 a.m. on Sundays without the requirement of selling food, so now you can finally order a Bloody Mary without worrying about those crazy celery surcharges.