Perhaps you noticed: A stench like rotten eggs blanketed huge swaths of Philly on Friday night. Redditors crowdsourced this smell-o-vision map, and it stretches from Chester County to the Northeast. PGW officials say they determined there was no danger from the leaked chemical — it appeared to be a sulfur-based additive used to give an odor to natural gas, and not gas itself — but they still haven't pinpointed a source. If you're thinking it was probably the old Sunoco refinery in South Philly, current operator Philadelphia Energy Solutions said it was not. "There is nothing so far to indicate that the smell emanated or began at [our] plant," a spokesperson said.
A website called Today News 24 posted a story earlier this month titled “Pennsylvania Federal Court grants legal authority to remove Trump after Russian Meddling.” The site doesn’t even show up on the first few pages of a Google search, but on Facebook, it has a more significant presence, with over 5,000 likes and about one post every day for the last several weeks. So is there any evidence to back up the headline's claim? If you guessed it's fake news, you're right on target.
Philadelphia’s impressive dining scene just remedied its most glaring omission. On Thursday, chef Jesse Ito opened the back room at Royal Sushi & Izakaya, making good on the first half of the Queen Village restaurant’s name and giving the city its first real-deal sushi bar. Basically, it’s dinner and a show — and entirely worth the splurge.
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It just so happens that Christmas Eve falls on the fourth Saturday of the month, which means nonprofit One Kind Act A Month will gather in front of the Gallery to hand out food to homeless. To participate, just pack lunches in a bookbag and head over to join the group.
Where: In front of the Gallery at 9th & Market streets
When: December 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Go beyond applesauce: Chef Yehuda Sichel created a special trio of latkes (topped with things like scrambled eggs, roast beef, caviar) to be paired with your choice of high-end boozy apple cider for $20. Available all eight days of the holiday, through Dec. 31.
Where: Abe Fisher at 1623 Sansom St. 19103
When: December 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to December 31, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: $20 per pairing
Take a trip over the river and spend the holiday on wheels. Choose from two sessions: The family-friendly afternoon skate ($5 admission, $3.50 skate rental) or the music-filled evening skate ($10 includes rental).
Where: Millennium Skate World at 1900 Carman St., Camden 08105
When: December 25, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $5 and up
For when you're ready to leave the family and head out for some fun, this below-ground tavern is hosting Neo Kyma and DJ Maki for a discotheque dance party.
Where: U-Bahn at 1320 Chestnut St. 19107
When: December 25, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Drum and bass is the sound of the night at this annual Fishtown dance party. Expect five DJs, holiday drink specials and lots of photographers snapping pics.
Where: The Barbary at 951 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: December 25, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to December 26, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $7 at the door