The wait is over. As of last night, School District of Philadelphia teachers have a contract. They've gone five years without one and four without a raise, but both sides said they were committed to finalizing a deal before the end of the school year. Mission accomplished, with a vote of 4,399 to 213, and the five-member School Reform Commission is expected to rubber stamp it today. The three-year, $395 million deal includes salary increases and the restoration of "step" pay based on years of experience. Get all the contract details here.
It's officially official. The Sixers announced the trade for the No.1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, and the deal is pretty darn good. We looked at the current Sixers roster, added Markelle Fultz and tried to figure out just how they'll find minutes for all this talent. It's an exciting time. And, because it's Philly, fans weren't just happy, they were also kind of jerks, going HAM on anyone who has ever written a bad thing about Sam Hinkie or The Process. #RTArmageddon took over NBA Twitter Monday. But we have a warning for Sixers fans. Don't jinx this. They haven't won anything yet.
Philadelphia is officially getting a park that will cap I-95 and run from Front Street to the Delaware River between Walnut and Chestnut streets. But how exactly will all this work? It is, after all, a park with a manicured lawn and trees going above an interstate where thousands of cars zoom by daily. We looked into how this is going to work, and why it all has to do with making the river more visible.
More than 50 people have submitted their stories of Philly street harassment, and nearly all of them say they're ready to talk more about their experiences. We hear you. We're working on addressing some of the questions you asked, and things you want to know more about — starting with some police data. For now, the more stories we have, the more accurate a picture we can get of Philly's street harassment culture. Submit your stories here. Because chances are you won't even make it to work today without some guy calling you sexy.
It's usually part of Philly Beer Week, but the dates didn't mesh, so this brew-filled adult take on the Nickelodeon classic Double Dare is taking place this week. Marc Summers himself will lead the fun in the Fishtown beer garden. Swing by to watch or participate — you might get slimed by the master himself.
Where: Frankford Hall at 1210 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: June 21, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to June 22, 2017 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: $5 admission/pay-as-you-go food and drink
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What are you doing for solstice tomorrow? Whether you’re an astronomy nerd, an astrology fiend or just somebody who loves sunshine, there are plenty of events happening in Philly to celebrate the longest day of the year. We picked seven of the best. Here’s your summer solstice guide.
The market around Mifflin Square was shut down last year and food vendors were booted after a series of issues — some violent. But the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition has been working ever since to revitalize the park at Sixth and Ritner. And now a new grant will help bring back the food trucks. Here’s the plan for Vendor Village and how SEAMAAC is working to bring together communities in one of Philly’s most diverse neighborhoods.