Philly native Gloria Allred is one of Bill Cosby's most high-profile enemies. She's representing 33 women who say they've been sexually assaulted by the comedian and has been appearing on cameras throughout the duration of his criminal trial in Norristown. Deliberations continue today, even after the jury told the judge they were deadlocked yesterday afternoon. We spoke with Allred earlier during deliberations about her role in the Cosby saga and her history with Philadelphia. She grew up in Kingsessing, attended Girls High and says, in some ways, she has "a lot in common" with Cosby.
The City of Philadelphia and Conrail announced plans to clean up a tract of land along train tracks in Kensington and Fairhill that has become a haven for drug users. Conrail will remove used drug paraphernalia, clear brush from its tracks and pull out debris dumped into the area by everyone from local residents to contractors. The city has a list of tasks, too. "This is not just cleaning up needles and cutting down trees," Mayor Jim Kenney said at a press conference yesterday. "This is about human beings who are in the throes of addiction." Here's what each side will do to clean up the area where an estimated 100 people live at any given time.
When an Overbook home went up in flames on a Saturday morning late last month, a headcount outside revealed a 1-year-old baby was still inside. Without thinking, 17-year-old Rudy Edwards dashed back inside and came back with the baby. There's nothing left of the house, but everyone made it out alive. Edwards, who passed out as soon as he handed the baby to his mom, was treated for smoke inhalation. He was honored yesterday by the City of Philadelphia during Council's weekly meeting.
We need your help tracking down the best communicators in the city. Billy Penn is looking to highlight Philadelphia’s most dynamic young professionals in advertising, public relations, corporate communications and marketing for an upcoming installment of “Who’s Next.” The intent of the “Who’s Next” series, presented by the Knight Foundation, is to introduce readers to the most dedicated young people working to shape our city every day. Use this form to nominate someone.
Literary folks will be familiar with this annual "holiday," which honors author James Joyce and his masterwork Ulysses. Things start at the Rosenbach Museum with readings and art at a pop-up beer garden, then continue to Fergie's Pub and McGillin's Olde Ale House, which will both offer deals on Irish food and drink.
Where: Rosenbach Museum at 2008 Delancy St. 19103
When: June 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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The Phillies snapped an 8-game losing skid last night, besting Red Sox ace Chris Sale 1-0. Ty Kelly — yep — drove in the winning run in the eighth inning, and three Phillies pitchers combined for their first shutout in 65 games this season; the last team in MLB to record a shutout. Pat Neshek got credit with the win and Hector Neris the save, but rookie Nick Pivetta was the star on the mound, hurling seven scoreless innings while striking out nine. The Phils are back on the field tonight, hosting the D-backs at CBP. Attention cord-cutters: Tonight's game will be broadcast live and blackout free on MLB's Facebook page.
Looking for something to do this weekend, and hoping to find a last-minute deal? Wanna laugh at the incredibly odd list of old bands still touring and playing Philly? There's a whole lot going on right now, but we felt it a public service to shine a light on the best hot deals in June, ranging from a terrarium-making class to a Marilyn Manson show to 50 percent off at Slack's Hoagie Shack. Here are the best Groupon deals available in June in Philly.