Several former staffers accuse state Sen. Daylin Leach of inappropriate touching; Leach denies charges
Pa. State Sen. Daylin Leach, a progressive Democrat and longtime proponent of women's rights, has been accused of a pattern of inappropriate touching and sexualized comments by several ex-staffers, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News report. The alleged acts didn't go further than a squeeze of a thigh or tickle of the lower back as far as contact, and generally discussing sex in front of staff, per the report, which is based on interviews with nearly two dozen people, most remaining anonymous. In a provided statement, Leach denied the charges, attributing them to a "whisper campaign" by a political opponent and reporters "hungry for a story."
The numbers are in for the first year of PLCB operations since the sweeping overhaul to the liquor code that went into effect in Aug. 2016. State stores sold slightly less wine to consumers, but much more to "licensees." That's mostly attributable to grocery stores actually being allowed to sell wine, but could also partly have to do with a third factor. For the first time ever, producers from around the U.S. were allowed to ship directly to Pa. residents, which they did with $24 million worth of product. Many people got their bottles as part of a wine club — here's tips from local experts on which one to choose.
Last month, a cyclist on a Center City bike lane was struck by a truck and killed. Last week, a different cyclist on a bike lane just a couple blocks away was struck by a different truck and had her legs and pelvis crushed. (She's currently in the hospital recovering, per Philly.com.) As they did after last month's tragedy, traffic safety activists have planned another rally. Set for Tuesday morning, it'll see people form a chain separating bikes from cars as they demand the city move forward with constructing protected bike lanes.
One year ago yesterday, Billy Penn readers crowned Barry's Steaks & Hoagies the winner of our Ultimate Philly Cheesesteak contest. It's not the most famous steak shop in the city — or even in Roxborough, for that matter — but its got plenty of cred. Here's the story of how Barry McGuinn went from getting a job under Bill Dalessandro in 1967 to opening his own place in 1989. (We went to try them out, and yeah, these steaks are legit.)
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If someone on your list would love a gift with two wheels, head to this North Philly bike shop to browse a wide selection in a one-day sale. Expect BMX, mountain bikes, road bikes and more. Sale repeats on Dec. 23.
Where: Simple Cycle at 455 N. 6th St. 19140
When: December 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The past two weeks have seen one cyclist killed and another with legs crushed as they were riding along bike lanes in Center City. This action, during which people will form a human chain separating bikes from cars, calls on the city to make protected bike lanes a priority.
Where: 13th Street Bike Lane at 13th & Pine
When: December 19, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
How much: Free
Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, is hosting a cheesed out holiday party for kindred cheese-loving spirits. Bring your own wedge or hunk to add to the potluck table, and be ready to browse cheese-themed art as you sip cider from Ben Wenk or cocktails from the bar.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St., 19125
When: December 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: BYO cheese, pay-as-you-go drinks
Resident birding expert Toribird will lead a special winter solstice expedition (by candlelight) to peep feathered creatures as the sun goes down. The Fairmount Park walk will be followed by bird-themed crafting with seasonal treats and music around the firepits.
Where: The Woodlands at 4000 Woodlands Ave., 19104
When: December 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
That pop-up theater on South Street we wrote about is doing a pre-Xmas showing of the one of the world's best holiday movies — Die Hard. Watch Bruce Willis do his very best to save his marriage, his hide and the city of Los Angeles on a 1980s Christmas Eve.
Where: South Street Cinema at 327 South St., 19147
When: December 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5 donation at the door