Philly Police said Friday they had opened an "internal investigation" into arrests that happened at the 18th and Spruce Starbucks last week. In a video posted to Twitter, officers can be seen calmly confronting and cuffing several black men inside the cafe. Per the comments in the thread, the men's offense was not ordering anything as they sat and waited for another friend to arrive. "All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing," wrote the woman who posted the video. The men were reportedly released from custody after the DA's Office declined to have them arraigned. Starbucks also said it was looking into the incident. We're continuing to follow the story.
In honor Sixers facing the Heat in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs (gametime is 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN), we decided to list all the reasons Philly is better than Miami. Easy, right? Well, Billy Penn reporter Mónica Zorrilla is a native Miamian, and even though she’s made the smart choice to live here, she felt the need to defend her hometown. Here’s the top 10 reasons Philadelphia wins — and a little backlash to keep us in our place.
In the face of rapid development in Philly, old rowhomes and apartment buildings are often torn down or renovated to make room for new ones. So what happens to the people who used to live there? Sometimes, they’re served with an eviction notice. In 2016, more than 10,000 people were evicted in Philly — which adds up to 1.14 percent higher than the national average. The Good Cause bill, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., would require landlords to have a good reason to evict before kicking tenants out. The bill isn't yet scheduled for a full council vote, but word is it will happen this month.
Helloooooo gorgeous weather. It's gonna get cold and rainy again next week, which just means all the more reason to take full advantage of this blissful Saturday. We originally came up with this giant list of 35 picnic spots last summer, but it's perfect for this weekend. Check out all the options around town for where to pull up with a blanket, a basket of snacks and a determined mission to get some sun.
Eat Up the Borders is a program founded by two immigrants to help immigrant-owned businesses in Philadelphia showcase their native food, culture and language. At this midday meal and class, the owners of Almodak — "a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant with Jordanian spices" — will teach some Arabic words and share recipes of various dishes. BYOB and prepare to get your hands dirty.
Where: Alamodak at 161 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 19122
When: April 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $20