For the third time since December, a rock was thrown through a window of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai synagogue in the Northeast. For the first time, a culprit has been caught, as police arrested a 13-year-old boy Monday after he was recorded by surveillance cameras — installed after the first incident through online crowdfunding. The teen was charged as a juvenile with institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and possession of an instrument of crime.
The Pennsylvania Senate just advanced a bill that would bring the commonwealth into compliance with federal requirements on state-issued identifications. The bill will help Pa. comply with the Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID Act. The impact on you? If the state doesn't get its act together and comply, your driver's license or other Pa.-issued ID won't get you through airport security. Next stop for this bill is the state House. Here's backstory on the legislation and details on why one lawmaker won't support it.
The liberal pushback against Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey has turned into a business opportunity. Ryan Epp, a Lancaster resident who used to live in Philly, made a program that will make it easier for people to contact members of Congress by snail mail after Toomey’s office failed to communicate with him. The product, snailmailcongress.com, shows users their elected officials in Washington when they enter their address and sends a printed letter of any message they submit on the website. Here's how frustration with Toomey led to its creation.
Unlike a traditional "Call for Artists" where work is juried in private to determine participation, the LoLa 38 neighborhood group is hosting a public event where you can help choose what will be installed on Lancaster Avenue this spring. Artists will present Pecha Kucha-style, with 5 minute pitches on why their work should be chosen.
Where: United Bank of Philadelphia at 3750 Lancaster Ave. 19104
When: March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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Gotta love the wisdom of the crowd. If you went into a Philly beer bar and randomly asked someone to pick the four best breweries in the US, it’s entirely possible they'd come up with the exact group we ended up with in our Beer Madness Final Four. But now the battles are tougher than ever. It's Victory versus Yards and Dogfish Head versus Sierra Nevada as we head into the finals. Want some guidance? We ran down the four best beers from each contender, which you can read about before you cast your vote here.
The Sixers had just eight players last night against the Atlanta Hawks and still managed to almost win. Almost. Thankfully, Brett Brown's troops lost, 99-92, despite 25 points and eight rebounds from Richaun Holmes. Wait...did we say thankfully? Is the season so lost we're rooting for losses again? YES! This season is dead, and every win the Sixers get makes their odds at a top pick in the draft that much longer. Tuesday's win over the Nets? Terrible. We ran the numbers, and one win — coupled with some other losses around the league — may hurt the Sixers' chances of landing a top-3 pick by TWELVE PERCENT. We get it, you're a hard-working bunch. Now stop trying to win and think about the future.