Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Carmina seemed shocked. A jury found each defendant in the civil trial for the 2013 Center City building collapse liable yesterday, according to Philly.com. Not every defendant will be ordered to pay significant damages: The two men who were convicted in the criminal trial for the case "are considered penniless." The collapse took seven lives after falling onto a Salvation’s Army store. The jury only took four hours to deliberate after months-long proceedings.
It's not just seasoned activists who've been taking to the streets. In many ways, it’s once-apolitical people who are swelling crowds at protests across the country. Thousands filled the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and Market Street, and Rittenhouse Square, and the airport terminals in the last 12 days to protest Trump’s policies, some of whom were driven to drop everything on a Saturday night to demonstrate at the airport. Now the question is this: How long can demonstrators — the longtime activists and the newfound dissenters — sustain what feels like a permanent protest?
In our latest PolitiFact PA fact-check, we looked into a statement from Joe DeFelice, the chair of the Philly GOP. DeFelice said that Mayor Jim Kenney had placed Philadelphians “in direct danger” through his sanctuary policy. But is that the case? Here’s what we found after sorting through news reports, court records and research articles.
Yep, the miniseries Roots is turning 40 this year. Watch the first episode, then stick around for a talk and reception. The panel might even include director Mario Van Peebles. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it does.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia
When: February 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: free
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For years, Philadelphia has been on the cutting edge of health. We have some of the nation’s finest hospitals and health centers. We have programs focused improving diet and lifestyle in neighborhoods. We have entrepreneurs starting businesses with new twists to personal training, swimming, yoga and beyond. And in these important fields, young people are helping Philadelphia thrive. Meet our latest Who's Next class: 13 health and fitness professionals under 40 who are making their mark.
On Monday night’s telecast of the Sixers’ 122-119 come-from-behind victory over the Sacramento Kings, CSN Philly color analyst Alaa Abdelnaby said that, outside of Joel Embiid, second-year point guard TJ McConnell is the team’s MVP. That’s high praise for a guy who some thought might not even make the team this year. But hey, he deserves it: The Sixers aren’t just 11-5 in games McConnell has started, they're better and better the more minutes he plays. Let's look at how McConnell is developing into a key starter.