The chief law enforcement officer in Philadelphia will stand trial on federal corruption charges starting today. R. Seth Williams is accused in connection with five separate schemes prosecutors say he enacted while he was in office. Federal prosecutors have laid out a host of alleged transgressions Williams is accused of, including taking gifts in exchange for official acts as DA, using government cars for personal transportation and stealing money from his own mother. It’s a lot to keep track of! So here’s a look at what he’s accused of doing (and all the stuff he allegedly amassed along the way).
Tens of thousands of people gathered yesterday for Philly's Pride Parade — the city's 29th annual. Discrimination and inclusivity, and the discussions around them, have been at the forefront of Philly's LGBTQ community in the last year, and on June 8 the city unveiled its new rainbow flag with black and brown stripes. Cue the backlash. Here's why people (ahem, white people) aren't thrilled with the new flag and what Amber Hikes, the head of the city's Office of LGBT Affairs, has to say about that.
Philly once had 36 lead smelters, and 14 of them were in the River Wards. The plants are gone, but the lead is still there and rampant construction around Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties and Port Richmond is unearthing the stuff in the soil. A Philly.com team tested soil around the neighborhoods. Check out their investigative report and use their interactive map to see which spots tested high.
This summer, Philly will get its first thoroughfare named for water ice. That's thanks to Siddiq Moore, whose name might be familiar to Billy Penn readers from last year, when he was the runaway winner of our Ultimate Frozen Treats bracket contest. The flagship location of Siddiq's Real Fruit Water Ice is just about ready to launch on the corner of 60th and Irving, but the reason City Council passed a resolution renaming part of the street in its name isn't because of the amazing flavors it offers — it's because of the way Moore has been able to engage the community and revitalize the long-troubled corridor.
People of all faiths and cultures are invited to International House Philadelphia's open iftar dinner — aka the feast that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during the monthlong celebration of Ramadan. A full meal is included with the $10 ticket price.
Where: International House Philadelphia at 3701 Chestnut St. 19104
When: June 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
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After a three-year wait that included losing the entire structure to arson, Maison 208 is finally ready to launch on 13th Street. The former Letto Deli site is now the home to a gorgeous bi-level restaurant, with a dining room on the ground floor and two bars up top, one beneath Philly's first retractable roof. But even more than the decor, the food and drink are designed to impress. Here's a sneak preview of what Top Chef contestant Sylva Senat is preparing to serve when the spot officially opens for dinner this Wednesday.
WaPo has a good story about a dad trying to figure out which MLB team his newborn son should root for. It can be tough, especially for those who maybe didn't grow up with an allegiance, or moved around a lot. It can also be tough to get sympathy from Philadelphia. Case in point: When this dad sent a letter to all the MLB teams asking them to explain why they deserve his son's fandom, the Phillies responded with "we don't do that." It's the D battery of letters. What's worse, the Pirates totally upstaged us.