The blocks just outside Old City and below the most popular parts of Northern Liberties comprise one of the last undeveloped sectors near downtown, and it’s open season as to what this area could end up being called. Will it be SoNo? Callow East? A mere 5 percent of the people who took our Twitter poll voted for the latter (but, OK, 89 percent voted for please make this stop). Here's the case for (and against) renaming this part of Philly.
The Eagles lost 24-9 to Green Bay Thursday, but by the looks of the first drive of preseason, we're going to the Super Bowl. By the looks of the rest of the game? We're doomed. Carson Wentz was 4-for-4, hitting Jordan Matthews three times before hooking up with Mack Hollins for a spectacular 38-yard TD. And that's it. Remember how everyone's talking about Nelson Agholor being great this preseason? He had a ball go right through his hands on a 2-pt conversion. Rookie Derek Barnett had two sacks and the defense played well at times, but most of the offensive backups were, well, offensive. The Birds' backup QBs threw two picks, and the team had five fumbles, losing two. Here's a look at who did what in the sloppy loss.
On the heels of the displacement of nearly 80 homeless people with addiction on Philly’s Conrail tracks at Gurney Street in Fairhill, 30 new addiction recovery housing beds are set to open in West Philly on Monday. Eight women recently released from correctional and behavioral health facilities will get beds, but the founder of the housing nonprofit Why Not Prosper is working to fill up the other spots in the organization's newest facility. Here's how the recovery house will work.
Inspired by the pre-Inauguration run from NYC to DC, a group of West Philly women is taking on advocacy for women's health issues in Pennsylvania by organizing #Run4AllWomen events. Up next: Saturday's run to Harrisburg. Yep, that's 115 miles. Check out the route, sign up to run or just show support at a cheer station. The run will raise money for Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, and we're strapping a GoPro to one of our dedicated interns for the first leg of the relay.
Hundreds of millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas and live beetles — including one of the world's largest. It sounds like a movie from '70s Italian horror director Dario Argento, but it's all in the name of science and fun. This annual event celebrates insects with hands-on activities like roach-petting (seriously) and demos of bedbug sniffing dogs, plus cricket cookies and other eats. Great for kids and anyone entomologically inclined.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: August 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to August 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free with admission ($18 adults, $14 kids)
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English Premier League season starts with one match today and a full slate of matches Saturday and Sunday. The EPL is the most popular league in the world and Philly is a huge soccer city, so we ran down which local bars and pubs have EPL opening weekend specials. Newcastle fan looking for some top-flight friends? Arsenal supporter lamenting one more season under Wenger? In search of a full English breakfast and a pint while you cheer on Liverpool this weekend? You'll never walk alone, so long as you check out this handy guide.
Hey, remember the South Philly casino project? The state gaming board awarded the license for the city's second casino way back in 2014. And then came the legal battles. The most recent hold-up revolved around a law that prevents a casino owner from owning more than a third of another casino. Now that Watche “Bob” Manoukian, who owns just about 85 percent of Parx Casino in Bensalem, is gifting a $34 million trust to his sons, he doesn't have enough of a financial interest in the South Philly casino to violate the Gaming Act. The Gaming Board will write an official notice of their approval, and barring appeal to the PA Supreme Court, the project will move forward.