After all was said and done, the Democratic National Convention host committee staff split $1 million in bonuses. That didn't sit right with a lot of people, especially when it was revealed that the extra cash was doled out before funds were given to causes like the School District's book campaign. So Pennsylvania's auditor general looked into it, and yesterday announced he's referred the case to the IRS. The host committee didn't misuse the money it got from the state, he said, but the agreement was written way too loosely. More details here.
Philly's two-month Monument Lab art installation is officially over. The Mural Arts-led project curated 4,500 submissions into 20 works by 20 different artists with one question in mind: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Now that most of the monuments have come down (though there are a few exceptions), what comes next for the highly publicized project and the data its organizers collected? We got some details from Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden.
The Sixers beat the Jazz 107-86 last night, and while the city has fallen in love with the tandem of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, there's another hoops story tugging at our heartstrings. Remember Saturday against the Warriors when that kid hit a miraculous half-court shot to win everyone free chicken sandwiches? Well, during last night's game Sixers reporter Molly Sullivan caught up with him. His name is Mike Shelly. He's 17. He beat cancer and he recently lost his brother in car crash. When the Sixers heard all he's been through, they wanted to do more. From SportsCenter to traveling with the team, see what the Sixers are doing for this young fan.
Two little girls are going home for the holidays, thanks to the miracle of modern science. CHOP patients and formerly conjoined twins Erin and Abby Delaney were born joined at the head. After numerous surgeries, the two were successfully separated in June, when they were 10 months old. The amazing duo spent their first 485 days at CHOP and now get to make their way back to North Carolina in time for Thanksgiving. (No, YOU'RE crying while writing today's newsletter, not us...)
Perfect pre-game for a day spent with family? A go-go bar. The annual Jive Turkey dance party features free Jim Beam samples through 10 p.m., a screening of Cleopatra Jones, DJs on vinyl and $5 "turkeywide" specials all night (Yuengling + Wild Turkey).
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St. 19107
When: November 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to November 23, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: No cover
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After three years in the works, Keen has finally opened at 1708 Lombard St. The space has a storied history as home to iconic Philly restaurant Astral Plane, and owners Caitlin and Chris Rorer took inspiration from the '70s hippie haven for their decor. What they came up with is quirky but elegant, interesting but not kitschy -- a description that could also apply to the food. We've got the menu and lots of photos of what to order when you go check it out.
It was Nov. 21, 2016. The presidential election had just ended and Jill Stein's recount effort hadn't yet begun. Philly was in a weird place. And then came Mara Wilson. You know, the actress who played Matilda. Something about Philly set her off, and she launched an insult over Twitter. We're assholes, she said. And we hadn't even earned the right to be. And so the city shot back. Take a look back at the responses she got; they're not even that mean.