The year is nearly over, but there's still more time to learn about another Pennsylvania law official getting trouble because of a wire. This person is Philly judge Dawn Segal, who along with Angeles Roca was removed from the bench Tuesday for ethics violations. Segal allegedly issued a ruling favorable to Roca's son after another Philly judge, who would later spend time in prison for fixing cases, talked her into it. Investigators caught the conversation on a wire because this is Pennsylvania. Segal and Roca, who had been suspended, are appealing the ruling.
The Divine Lorraine sign is lit. The apartments on the upper floors are nearly 100 percent done and those on the lower floors are just a step behind. Even the lobby has come around, and it’s going to look similar to the way it did when the Divine Lorraine was first open in the late 19th century. The actual redevelopment process for the Divine Lorraine has been reasonably quick and straightforward. But if you’re developer Eric Blumenfeld, the process has felt like an eternity. He originally bought the property about 10 years ago before selling it off and then purchasing it again in 2012. Billy Penn caught up with Blumenfeld to discuss the progress of the Divine Lorraine, why the hotel has a hold on him and many others in the city and why the neighborhoods surrounding North Broad Street provide the best bang for the buck in Philly.
In a season full of losing, there were three big Eagles winners on Tuesday. Jason Peters and Fletcher Cox were named to the 2017 Pro Bowl, as Peters earned his ninth nod, his seventh with the Birds, while Cox made his second in a row. But both all-stars had to take a back seat to Kyle Lloyd, or @YungYle, who turned Eagles Twitter upside down by winning their #FanFriday ticket contest. Again. Lloyd scored free tickets by high-fiving Swoop before anyone else five times this year, and has lost count of how many times he’s won overall. Eagles fans think he’s getting tipped off, but he told Billy Penn he swears it’s legit. “Once you see the bird,” he told us, “you got to run to him.” This is how he does it.
On the first day of winter, a gathering to remember those homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died this year. This event, which will also be held in 150 cities across the US, serves as a call to action to work to combat homelessness.
Where: Thomas Paine Plaza at 1401 JFK Blvd. 19102
When: December 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Eagles coach Doug Pederson defended his choice to throw for a two-point conversion to win Sunday's game against the Ravens by saying "your chances of throwing it are actually a little bit better in that situation." The last few years in the NFL, teams have favored Pederson's belief and thrown on two-point conversions far more often than they have run. But is that really the smart decision? Do you have a better a chance of converting a two-point conversion on a pass than a throw? We decided to fact-check the Eagles coach.
Artists involved in North Philly's Village of the Arts look for empty chip bags, plastic bags, cardboard, chocolate coin wrappers and other discarded items as pieces of their work. From now until late January, you'll be able to see the finished product at the Material Memory show. As one artist says: "After someone regards them as trash, that is when it becomes interesting to me. Picking them, washing them, sculpting them, and later installing them into something people can see as beautiful. That is what my project is all about.”