As journalists investigate Harrisburg's "old boys' club" culture in light of the #MeToo movement, their reporting is sparking internal inquiries across various Pennsylvania government offices. Over the weekend, two of these investigations spurred resignations. Longtime Senate security chief Justin Ferrante stepped down after allegations of inappropriate sexual texts and phone calls to his deputy and at least one other woman, PMN reports. Also gone is state fire commissioner Tim Solobay, who Penn Live reports has been accused of inappropriate butt-slapping.
It's never dull with the Eagles, even in what's supposed to be a week off. Tuesday head coach Doug Pederson was asked if he would consider benching Nick Foles during next week's playoff game if he plays as poorly as he has the last two weeks and, welp, he didn't say no. Then he backpedaled to a national reporter, saying Foles is his guy. Pederson was also asked about multiple assistant coaches interviewing for head coaching jobs and while he didn't seem concerned about the distraction, he should be concerned about replacing a few key guys this offseason. Here's a look at the four Eagles assistants who could be vying for head coaching gigs this year.
Over the holiday, Philly got a new Neapolitan-style pizzeria. If you're thinking "Another one?" you're not alone. But Porta, which is now serving at 1214 Chestnut St., has more going for it than just great wood-fired pies (and they are reportedly great). The whole operation is based on a unique business philosophy that its parent company also sells to Fortune 500 companies like Virgin Mobile and the Wall Street Journal. What's that have to do with restaurants? Turns out, a lot.
It's weird when you go to the National Weather Service to check how much snow we're getting and their Hazardous Weather Outlook is just the shruggy guy emoji in a scarf and mittens. It's going to be cold. It's going to snow, but "snowfall amounts and the extent of impacts ultimately will depend on how close the offshore low tracks to our area." The wind is going to kick up to 40 mph, so wind chill advisories "may be needed" with wind chills falling to 15 below zero. In preparation, City officials announced they've extended the Warming Center hours in Kensington-Fairhill, which was supposed to close today but will stay open every night through the week. Here's a list of locations and numbers if you see or know anyone in need.
This January will mark a decade since actor Heath Ledger took his own life. The Philadelphia Film Society pays tribute with a showing of one of his early hits, Brian Helgeland's 2001 comedy "A Knight's Tale." If you know it well, even better, because there's a themed Quizzo before the movie, with prizes given out as the credits roll.
Where: Prince Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St., 19102
When: January 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $13; seniors $12
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In a video titled "Happy New Year, Philadelphia," Mayor Jim Kenney channeled Jimmy Kimmel and read a bunch of self-effacing mean tweets. Click through to see Philly's top official read missives directed at him, statements like "I want to make this clear: You are a dope," "I wish you would tear your ACL" and "Will you tax these tweets?" Bonus: For the last part of the video, he's wearing his infamous Buddy the Elf costume.
One year ago today officials released the big giant list of sugary drinks listed under the soda tax. If you're still confused more than a year after the tax went into effect, check out the handy guide we published, which will remind you that orange juice is not taxed, but Sunny D is. We took a look back at the first year of the soda tax in December to see not only where it stands after a year, but where it's going.