The arrest of two black men inside the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce streets last week has come under intense scrutiny, with many claiming the viral video of the incident shows blatant discrimination in action. The police, the Mayor’s Office and Starbucks are all launching investigations into what happened. In a Facebook video, PPD Commissioner Ross defended the officers who made the arrest. In a formal letter of apology, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he is coming to Philly and would like to meet with the men in person. Here's what we know — and what we don't — about the incident.
It was fun to be a Philly basketball fan last night. After surprise bell-ringer Joel Embiid rang the game in — face mask and all — the Sixers shined in their first playoff showing since 2012, trouncing the Miami Heat 103-130. Ben Simmons was brilliant in his postseason debut, shaking off any jitters to rack up one rebound shy of a triple-double. JJ Redick, who said the crowd energy "gave me goosebumps," was the high scorer with 28, Belinelli had a career high that included four 3-pointers, and Ilyasova stepped up big with 14 assists. In a pre-game interview with PMN, Sixers owner Josh Harris said he was gunning for the championship. It actually looks possible.
When Cardi B confirmed she was pregnant on SNL last week, West Philly resident Becky Duncan decided she had to be the glamorous star’s doula. A doula is someone who provides emotional support to pregnant women, in addition to the medical care they receive from their OBGYN, and Duncan is passionate about being one — especially for the sharp-mouthed rapper. So she launched a social media campaign. After all, Cardi B first got famous through Instagram. Why wouldn’t she find prenatal care the same way?
A trio of PMN political reporters check in with Philly labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty and his powerful IBEW Local 98 union. Despite the FBI raids two years ago, the boss and his political clout appear to be flying higher than ever. The main connected PAC raised $6.5 million in 2017, more than any year prior. These funds are expected to help reelect Gov. Tom Wolf, and more than a dozen other Democrats from Pa. The union, PMN reports, also funnels money to all 17 Philadelphia City Council members.
Now that the map's been redrawn, there's more confusion than ever about who'll represent whom in D.C. This forum hosted by the Philly Neighborhood Small Business Council, the Committee of Seventy and Councilman David Oh will allow the candidates for Distrits 2, 3 and 5 to introduce themselves. Registration requested but not required.
Where: Loews Hotel at 1200 Market St., 19107
When: April 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free