They brought Punxsutawney Phil out of hibernation this morning at Gobbler's Knob (yes that is the name of the place where all the Groundhog Day festivities happen), and he saw his shadow. We get another six weeks of winter. Whomp. The good news? It's been a pretty warm winter so far.
Comcast employees in at least four cities are planning to walk off the job today and hold rallies in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning all refugees as well as immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries. Comcast employees have self-organized the rally through an internal Slack channel that a high-level source at Comcast tells us grew from about 100 people to 1,200 people this week. In Philadelphia where Comcast is headquartered, the one-hour rally will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the plaza outside the Comcast Center at 17th and JFK. The company is offering paid time off to anyone taking part in the demonstration.
Millennials are getting an increased role in the Mayor’s Office — more than a year and a half after the idea was first floated. The Kenney Administration announced Wednesday the formation of a 21-member Philadelphia Millennial Advisory Committee. The focus will be on advising the administration of issues affecting millennials and recruiting and retaining millennials in Philly. "This is not a show," Mayor Jim Kenney said. Here's how the board plans to operate, plus a list of all the members.
Prosecutors wanted State Sen. Larry Farnese to be the third leader of Philly's First District to be convicted of federal charges. Didn't happen. Jurors found Farnese not guilty of fraud and conspiracy yesterday, related to $6,000 he gave a committeewoman's daughter to study abroad. "From day one, I said I was innocent," he told the Inquirer, "and that I believed in the system both as an attorney and a public official."
Campbell's steps back in time to celebrate a 102-year-old recipe at this historically accurate ice cream parlor in Old City. Pair your free sample of the 1915 soup with some tomato bisque ice cream for even more flavor enjoyment.
Where: Franklin Fountain at 116 Market St. 19106
When: February 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free soup; pay-as-you-go ice cream
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If free tacos and burritos had been part of his eternal Groundhog Day, would Bill Murray’s character have been in such a rush to escape? In honor of the 1993 classic movie — and the one holiday our state can truly lay claim to — Union Taco is putting your taqueria order on repeat. Stop into either the Manayunk or Flourtown location of chef Nick Farina’s BYOB today for lunch or dinner. Save your receipt, because when you bring it back in next week (on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 7-9), the kitchen will replicate your exact meal and give it to you for free. And here's a tip: bring friends along.
The Phillies’ first African-American player came out of spring training hyped as “a prize package” and was compared to superstar Ernie Banks. Weeks later, after only five regular season at-bats in 1957, he was gone. John Kennedy would never play for the Phillies again. Throughout the years, as the Phillies have honored several Negro Leaguers who played in Philadelphia, there’s no official record of any celebration for Kennedy, who died in 1998. It’s widely known the Phillies were the last National League team to integrate. Less known is the story of their first black player, Kennedy. This is the story of his quick rise and the odd circumstances of his fall with the team.