Neighborhood associations are some of the newest players on the front lines of Philadelphia’s worsening opioid crisis, and several are taking it upon themselves to organize informational events and training sessions for residents. Why? As Prevention Point's executive director puts it: "When it becomes that personal, people tend to step up and do something about it.” Here's how civic orgs are partnering with addiction experts to get their residents trained to detect addiction and administer Narcan.
To help Larry Krasner win the Democratic Primary for District Attorney last month, billionaire George Soros spent nearly $1.7 million. But unlike many others in the DA race, he didn’t waste his money. The cost for Krasner's victory was $33 per vote, based on campaign finance reports that recently became available. That's under the average for this spring's race and well below opponent Michael Untermeyer, who spent about $104 per vote. See how Krasner's money stacks up against the field, including Seth Williams, who managed to spend six figures before dropping out.
The Sixers didn't have a great year, winning just 28 games, but for the first time in a while, the 2016-17 season felt like real basketball. That was thanks to two rookies: Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. Embiid finally made his debut on the court, Saric finally came over from Europe and the Sixers finally got fun again. Both were up for NBA Rookie of the Year last night, but they lost to Milwaukee point guard Malcolm Brogdon. Who?!?! Take a look at our breakdown and see which Sixers star we'd have voted for this year.
Remember reading about the official badge Philly DA Seth Williams gave to a business owner? Well that guy is Michael Weiss, owner of Woody's, and he took the stand yesterday to say the car, cash and trips he gave the district attorney were "in part" in exchange for access to power. A top Philly cop also took the stand to recall a meeting he had with Williams and another of his benefactors. "It didn't feel right," he said. So the cop called the FBI. Turns out they were already involved. Oh, and speaking of Philly politics, corruption and the FBI, the feds have been wiretapping union leader Johnny Doc and City Councilman Bobby Henon for more than a year.
The latest in the summer outdoor movie series at the side of the Ben Franklin Bridge is this 1982 Spielberg classic. Get teary-eyed over an extraterrestrial while wondering how long M&M execs kicked themselves for passing up the product placement that made Reeses Pieces a pseudo-star.
Where: La Peg at FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: June 28, 2017 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free (food and drink pay as you go)
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A book club for black youth in North Philadelphia launches July 1 — the brainchild of Temple students, with help from a community center and support from GoFundMe. The Kitabu Club will keep students ages 8 to 12 reading during the summer months, and show them characters and experiences they can connect with. Here's what they'll be reading and how you can help.
Pool noodles serve little purpose in a city. Public pools are too crowded, backyard pools are hard to come by and front yard pools Should. Never. Happen. At Billy Penn, we've found noodles are best used for keeping cars at a safe passing distance from bikes. But someone in Fishtown — perhaps getting creative, since the neighborhood is pool-less this season — has found the perfect use of these foam tentacles. Shove 'em in sinkholes. Welcome to the fam, Awareness Noodle. You'll fit right in.