Police Commissioner Richard Ross testified in front of Philadelphia City Council Tuesday as part of the city’s ongoing budget hearings process and answered several questions about why homicide rates in the city are up 23 percent compared to this time last year. He said one reason could be that social media-fueled arguments are spilling out onto the streets, adding that “there is no end to the number of people who just beef with each other over the most inane things imaginable.” Here's more background on Philly gun violence data and why rates are rising this year.
Families that have been in a Pennsylvania detention center for immigrant women and children for nearly two years are trying a last-ditch option to get out: Suing Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security. The immigrants, who applied for asylum, have already seen other options fail in court. One of their attorneys said deportation is possible. "We’ve hit a point where removal is imminent."
The Museum of the American Revolution opens to the public today, after 14 years of planning. Old City’s newest tourist destination makes clear that the war's history is vital to America’s identity, and it makes really clear that we almost lost horribly, more than once. “It’s amazing how fragile the Revolution was,” Former Gov. Ed Rendell told reporters at a press preview. “Even in Philadelphia, there’s untold stories that no one knows.” Here’s what struck us most from the museum.
|What||The second annual Philly Sketchfest film festival features dozens of comedy shorts from local and national comedians, interspersed with live standup routines and Q&As with the performers. BYO booze to the theater for a $3 convenience fee.|
|Where||PFS Roxy Theater at 2023 Sansom St. 19103|
|When||April 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm|
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Construction on Interstate 95 in the Philly area will continue well through the next decade — but there’s always some good news: PennDOT’s making progress on a number of projects along I-95 and hopes to wrap up several this year, including opening ramps near Fishtown and completing construction near Cottman Avenue. Here’s a look at the major construction projects along I-95 heading into summer, where they stand, when they’ll be finished and what remains down the road.
UberEATS is growing fast. The ridesharing giant's food delivery service now has more than 700 area restaurants on board, up from 100 when it launched last August. The company has poured resources into upgrading the standalone app, and customers can also now order food via the web. According to Uber, these are the top 15 favorite Philly spots on UberEATS.