Larry Krasner or Beth Grossman for District Attorney? Who's even challenging Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller? And are there any other races to follow? Having that "oh crap, the election" moment? We have all the info you'll need for making informed decisions at the polls today.
So when you get to your polling place today, keep in mind that all that civic engagement the city felt last fall might not carry over. Since Donald Trump became president, new grassroots political groups have formed, hundreds of people have expressed interest in running for committee seats and candidate forums for women have been packed. Today though, little of it will likely matter. Here's why the election is still expected to see low turnout.
Hip hop artist Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison yesterday by Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley for failing a drug test and for unapproved travel following a drug and gun case in 2008. The judge said Mill has not complied with his probation, but even prosecutors had recommended he not be sent to prison, citing Mill has been clean since January and has complied with most of the sentence requirements. Celebrities and fellow artists took to social media to support Mill, including Jay-Z who said the ruling was "unjust and heavy handed" and Eagles receiver Torrey Smith, who said, "more proof that our criminal justice system is a joke." See more reactions here.
An employee in the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office says Sheriff Jewell Williams repeatedly sexually harassed her for two years. Vanessa Bines' lawsuit against the city, Williams and Deputy Sheriff and Staff Inspector Paris Washington claims Williams harassed her, discussed his genitalia openly and called her a whore when she rejected him and began dating another officer. The lawsuit also says Williams retaliated when she filed complaints by trying to have her evicted from her home and preventing her from finding other work. Get all the details here.
Want to eat fresh greens and herbs all winter long? Penn nutrition expert Eric Sherman will lead a free workshop on how to grow your own edibles (the legal kind) indoors. Class is for adults or teens 14 and up. RSVP by calling 215-898-1600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Sayre Morris Recreation Center at 5900 Spruce St. 19139
When: November 8, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
How much: Free
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The Eagles are 8-1, the Phillies have an analytic-minded manager, the Sixers are over .500 for the first time in four years and, albeit early in the season, the Flyers are in line for a playoff spot. There is almost literally nothing in Philly sports to complain about this week. Except this jerk's tattoo. Yep, it involves the Cowboys.
Chef Chris Bianco is the godfather of the U.S. wood-fired pizza revolution. Despite its location in Phoenix, Ariz., his three-decade-old restaurant, Pizzeria Bianco, has been repeatedly cited as serving the best pies in the country. In advance of his cookbook dinner tonight at Vetri Cucina (a few tix are still available), Bianco dished on what he thinks makes a "perfect pizza." Hint: It's all about the dough.