Reporting on street harassment (AKA catcalling) in a quantitative way proves difficult. The vast majority of these incidents go unreported — probably because many of them wouldn’t be considered a crime — but some studies suggest more than 60 percent of women have experienced street harassment of some kind. Billy Penn wants to write more about this issue. But first, we want to know: How does this issue impact your daily life, and what do you want to read about?
The NFL Draft drew record crowds and rave reviews. But before the draft had even ended, rumors began circulating that the NFL was not happy with cost overruns, particularly because of Philly's building trades unions. While exact budget numbers have not been announced by the NFL, a budget of $25 million has been publicly discussed since Philly was awarded the draft last September, with $20M coming from the league and the PHLCVB on the hook for raising $5M more through local businesses. But Building Trades spokesman Frank Keel is singing a different tune now, telling Billy Penn, "there was no budget established by the NFL. None." Is that true, and could it cost Philly future drafts?
Higher education has been in a bind nationally for years, but Pennsylvania is exceptional in its struggles. We’re in a real crisis. Funding has gone down and tuition up, and Pennsylvania might have too many universities and not enough students who want or can afford to go. As state system schools falter, state-related schools that get more funding but operate with less oversight — like Temple and Penn State — are thriving like never before. Here's how it all happened and why Harrisburg is behind on how to fix it.
Philly District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner’s campaign, gearing up for the May 16 primary, wrote on the Democratic candidate’s platform page of his website that “Larry Krasner is the only candidate running for District Attorney who explicitly pledges to never seek the death penalty.” So we decided to check the claim. Meanwhile, Tariq El-Shabazz, one of the other seven people running for DA, says not one of his clients has been sentenced to death. He's refuting claims made in an article published last week about allegations that he took clients' money and vanished. Yeah, we fact-checked that claim, too.
The Independence Seaport invites you to wear your best "Astro Battle" outfit (¯_(ツ)_/¯) to this celestial-themed night by the river. Learn basic fight choreography, how to navigate this galaxy's waterways, make your own light-up sword on a 3D printer and meet live animals from the Academy of Natural Sciences. Ticket includes your first drink.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Colombus Blvd. 19106
When: May 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $18
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The Phillies got an early lead on the Cubs Wednesday night but faltered in the middle innings, losing 5-4 in Chicago. The loss puts the Phils at 12-14 on the season, and highlights some ongoing issues with the current roster. We've been taking a look at that roster this year, and ranking each player, from who will be part of the rebuild to who is just renting space in the lineup. John Stolnis of popular Phillies podcast Felske Files gives us Vol. 2 of the Phillies 25-man Power Rankings. Hint: The bullpen is a problem.
Every May, in honor of totally-made-up-but-why-not National Burger Month, Iron Hill Brewery runs a special menu with a different creatively-topped burger each day. Which lends itself perfectly to an eating challenge: Could one person make it through all of them? That's the dare Iron Hill GM Warren Sewell took on one spring — and he lived to tell the tale.