Middle neighborhoods, which were first prominently discussed at Temple University in February, have gone national, slowly becoming a conversation topic in Washington, D.C. The issue of middle neighborhoods has reached the Office of Housing and Urban Development; Philly Congressman Dwight Evans hosted a Congressional briefing on them last week. The concept has even crossed the desk of President Donald Trump. “I want to heighten it,” Evans told Billy Penn, “from a national perspective.”
Over the weekend, just before the kick-off to the annual two-day street fest that takes over Ninth Street, someone defaced the Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market. If that sounds familiar, it should: According to Mural Arts director Jane Golden, the Rizzo image is the most-vandalized mural in the city, by a wide margin. This time around, it was marked up with giant black paint splotches that look similar to gunshots. "It’s hard to know whether it’s political commentary or just vandalism," Golden observed. Either way, she's frustrated by the repeated cleanup, which is costly and time consuming.
Jury selection is underway for the Bill Cosby trial. This is three years in the making, though sexual assault accusations from dozens of women go back decades. Allegations from just one woman — former Temple University employee Andrea Constand — could put the comedian behind bars. So far five people have been picked in the search for 12 jurors and six alternates, with nearly a third of the initial pool for jurors stating they had an opinion on his guilt or innocence already. The trial is expected to last two weeks. Click "follow this" to get updates sent directly to your inbox.
The Sixers hold the No. 3 pick in June's NBA Draft, but there is a good amount of speculation the Sixers might be interested in moving up to No. 1 to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz. We looked at how draft speculation can turn into rumor before, but this one is particularly fascinating. From Bill Simmons to NJ.com to local Philly media to sportstalk radio, we break down the anatomy of how two dudes speculating on a podcast becomes a full-fledged rumor, and this one will convince Sixers to want Dario Saric traded. Could All-Star Paul George be a Sixer? Yep, we've got that rumor too.
Expert Jamie Graves will lead a tasting and discussion session about sake. For example, did you know sake isn't accurately descirbed by the phrase "rice wine"? It's more like rice beer, but not exactly. Find out how its made and what the different types are. Useful if you plan on going out for sushi anytime soon.
Where: Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Free Library at 1901 Vine St., 4th Fl. 19103
When: May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
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The Colored Girls Museum is a Germantown-based "memoir museum" that tells the stories of women and girls of color. Head there for a salon-style guided tour of art, historical artifacts and personal belongings, and check out this video of the museum before you go.
Recent Philadelphia fires have destroyed homes and claimed lives. How's your smoke detector these days? Two big things you should know: Landlords are required by law to install smoke detectors on every level of the building. And you can get a smoke detector for free from the Philadelphia Fire Department. They'll even install it. Here's how.