Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey has left the people of Houston in need of assistance, and Philly bars and restaurants are stepping up to answer the call. Some, inspired by High Street Hospitality Group's Eli Kulp's #Chefs4Houston hashtag, are donating proceeds from a specific dish. Others are donating an entire day's receipts. When we first published this list of where to eat and drink to help out, there were 16 spots on it. Now there are 27.
The next time you’re in traffic and see somebody staring down, phone in hand, there’s almost no way that person is getting pulled over. Five years after Pennsylvania passed a law forbidding texting while driving, just over 800 people have been ticketed for it in Philadelphia, according to police records. That’s about 170 tickets per year — not many, considering the hundreds of thousands of drivers who pass through the city on an average day. Also interesting (and/or odd, depending how you look at it) is that the highest amounts of these tickets have been given out in South Philly.
None of the stars are playing tonight, and that's precisely why you should watch the Eagles. If that sounds illogical, it's not. Starters never do much in the preseason, and rarely play the final week, but guys fighting for roster spots play their hearts out, and this year with more than 1,000 NFL players set to get cut all at once this weekend, a lot of jobs are on the line. From running back to corner to who the heck is the backup quarterback, we ran through five reasons you actually should watch tonight.
Rollie Massimino nearly ruined college basketball. Instead, he ended up saving it. The Villanova Wildcats miraculously won the 1985 NCAA Basketball championship over the famed and feared Georgetown Hoyas because Rollie played keep away, running a four-corners offense and trying to win by making sure Patrick Ewing couldn't have the ball. It worked, and Massimino is a legend in Philly because of it. But a year later the rules changed, as the NCAA installed a shot clock. Massimino, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 82, had a legendary coaching career that spanned seven decades, of which he spent more than 20 years in Philly. Here's our conversation with him from last year, when he said he'd coach until he couldn't.
The official holiday is September 2, but why not start the party a day early? This family-owned Reading Terminal Market butcher will be giving away free bacon samples, offering deals like buy two pounds of bacon, get one free, and hosting a 10-lb. bacon giveaway on Facebook.
Where: Halteman Family Meats at RTM, 51 N. 12th St. 19107
When: September 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to September 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go, free samples
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Philly has back-to-back champions and, yes, it's the Philadelphia Soul. The Arena Football dynasty was celebrated Wednesday at City Hall, but unlike last year, Mayor Kenney didn't even come down to say congrats. Still, the team was honored, there was tons of confetti, at least a few dozen die-hard arena football fans showed up and one of the team's owners called Philadelphia the new 'Titletown.' We were there, because we know you weren't. Here's what it looked like.
We spend a lot of time worried about parking in Philly. A lot. And while you've undoubtedly circled the block a few dozen times looking for a spot recently (don't text and drive!), you may have noticed that more and more of the garages around town are going away. The Inquirer's Inga Saffron looked at where Philly's parking garages and small surface lots have gone, and why it's all about supply and demand.