The School Reform Commission has voted to disband itself. The board voted 3-1 (with one abstention) to approve a resolution that will dissolve the SRC and make way for a local education board. The 16-year-old SRC, made up of appointees by the city and the state, has had a rocky relationship with Philadelphia (and that's putting it kindly). So why now? Basically, the School District of Philadelphia is no longer in distress — at least, not as much as it was when the state formed the SRC in 2001. Get the details from last night's hours-long meeting.
It's Philadelphia Marathon weekend. And half marathon. And Rothman 8k. And Dunkin' Munchkin Run. Basically, a lot of people will be running this weekend, and that comes with detours and road closures. NBC10 has the list of closures and when they begin (as soon as 2 a.m. Saturday), plus the weekend forecast. Here's the list of SEPTA detours.
You really don't have to be much of a germaphobe to hate the way Philly's Bigbelly trash can work. The metal handles you're required to touch if you want to throw something away are consistently covered in wayward garbage slop — or worse. But, as you may have heard, there's good news on that front. Last week the city began installing more than 200 foot-pedal versions of the solar compactors. Here's a map of where to find them. (Spoiler: yes, they're all in Center City.)
Alex Bois gained national acclaim when he was head baker at High Street on Market. He's since gone out on his own to found Lost Bread Co., a partnership with Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality. But he's been in deep R&D mode, so the products haven't been available to the public — until now. The pop-up featuring loaves he's been working on runs from 10 to 4 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Lost Bread Bakery at 1313 N. Howard St.
When: November 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to November 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Next Tuesday, ROAR for Good is hosting a donation event to give away 250 of its wearable tech devices to survivors of abuse. What's the point? The device, called the Athena, can unobtrusively send a distress signal to designated contacts when discretely pressed. Athena creator Yasmine Mustafa sees it as an empowerment aid — and the 10,000 people who've ordered it agree. We caught up with Mustafa to talk about the challenges she overcame in rolling it out, and what's next for ROAR going forward.
Philly is 8-1, Dallas is 5-4 and the two NFC East rivals are going in the opposite directions. We looked at how Doug Pederson's team is catching the Cowboys at the exact right time of the season, and why last year's loss in Dallas still sticks in the Eagles coach's craw. Sunday night's game is a must-win for the Cowboys, which makes it even more important for the Birds.
The 2014 Hallmark Channel classic "A Royal Christmas" airs late tonight for the first time this holiday season. It’s about a Philadelphia woman who becomes a princess a la Grace Kelly. But unlike Grace Kelly, she has to deal with the evil queen of Cordinia, who doesn’t want her son to marry a plain ol’ Philadelphian. There are copious references to hoagies and Ben Franklin. It's awful. So awful that it's great. We like to call it "Princess Hoagiemouth." It airs at 2 a.m. Saturday — the perfect way to end your night out tonight — or you can read our minute-by-minute recap.