Pa. Sen. Scott Wagner tried to hold his scheduled soda tax hearing in City Council chambers Friday, but protesters were so loud he couldn't even announce he was canceling it. Wagner, Philly-area Sen. Anthony Williams and other members of the Senate Local Government Committee were supposed to listen to testimony of anti-soda tax groups. But the hearing never even got started because of pro-tax groups chanting and making noise with vuvuzelas. Was the effort effective? Here's what the senators plan to do next.
There were two top players in last night's NHL Draft and, with the second pick, the Flyers were set to take whomever the New Jersey Devils didn't. So when NJ took Nico Hischier, the Flyers settled for Nolan Patrick. Only...he might actually be the better player. Time will tell, but here's what you need to know about Patrick, who is recovering from double groin surgery but has a goal to play from the start of this season. To make room in the lineup, the Flyers then traded Brayden Schenn for 3 guys, including 27th pick Morgan Frost. They were busy on Friday.
There’s a ceremony today to unveil a new state historical marker for the MOVE bombing, but a permanent site for the marker has yet to be agreed upon, so guests will be honoring it at a temporary location. What's the hold up? Students at West Philly's Jubilee School, who successfully applied for the marker, and their principal, Karen Falcon, say the school requested to have the marker installed on city land, but faced resistance. City officials disagree. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, in whose district the marker falls, said that if proper documents had been filed, she wasn't aware of them.
Florida's latest scam is stealing Philly opioid addicts. Thanks to Google's "Suggest an edit" feature on business listings, shady marketers are replacing local doctor and treatment center phone numbers with their own. When people call for help, they're told what they really need is to move south — a come-on sweetened with the false promise of reimbursement for flights and lodging. And troubled Philadelphians are taking the bait. A rep from Google said the company is working on the problem, but has no plans to change how the feature works.
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This pop-up North Philly salvage outfit is bursting at the seams with inventory, so it's hosting a weekend deal: Fill a box (provided) with as much stuff as you can fit — vintage clothing, craft supplies, electronics, tools, decorations, toys, knick-knacks, etc — and it's yours for the set price of $20.
Where: Thunderbird Salvage at 1431 N. 9th St. 19122
When: June 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to June 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $20 a box
City Hall is going to the grills. Live Nation's All-American BBQ party takes over the plaza in the center of the city with a sauce competition (you get to vote), free samples of Hornitas tequila, live music and DJs, adult coloring books, a pet costume contest and a raffle. Think Sips, but if most of the annoying people had already left for the shore.
Where: Dilworth Park at 1 S. 15th St. 19102
When: June 24, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Activists from Philly Women Rally will talk about things any person can do to make an impact on policy and politics, whether it's as easy as writing postcards or as involved as running for office. Speaking of easy: Pre-stamped postcards will be available on site for $1 each. Bar will be open during the event.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: June 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free, registration requested
The premise of "The Gospel According to Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy: Discord," a new play by comedian Scott Carter (writer of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher), is that the three luminaries are locked in a room together, and have to figure out what truth will set them free. Things get...complicated.
Where: Lantern Theater Company at 923 Ludlow St. 19107
When: June 25, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $15
Californian John Elliott writes gripping stream-of-consciousness songs that often take unexpected turns en route to delivering a powerful message. Georgian Kelly McFarling plays clawhammer banjo, guitar and pedal steel, among other acoustic instruments, and also sings. They'll both take the stage in West Philly at this show, their area debut.
Where: William Street Commons at 3900 Chestnut St. 19104
When: June 25, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: $10