It was supposed to be a monster storm that pummeled the northeast. And while Thursday's snowstorm dropped lots of the white stuff north of here, Philly fared pretty well and instead of facing six inches or more, we just saw about two. School was out, the roads were nearly empty and it was a snow day nonetheless. At least there were some laughable local news moments.
Ever since Nov. 8, city government has been scrambling, thanks to the aggressive agenda of President Donald Trump. Priorities and legislation are being steered to not only advance Philadelphia but to hold on to what the city offers in areas like healthcare, education and civil rights and to reassure citizens fearful of being affected by Trump and his early executive orders. “Stressed” is the operative word around City Hall. And some council members say they've been transformed from cheerleaders into counselors and activists.
Philadelphia Police have a new policy to follow: No showing your "offensive, extremist, indecent, racist or sexist" tattoos while on duty and also no head, face or neck ink either. The Inquirer obtained a copy of the department's new tat policy that will take effect on March 1. The move comes about five months after a social media firestorm erupted when a Philadelphia police officer was photographed with what appeared to be a Nazi-inspired tattoo. The officer was kept on duty because he wasn't violating any department policy.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||Start with a special hot yoga class or just show up for the art show and live music party after. The pay-what-you-can proceeds will benefit the Water Protector Legal Collective, the on-the-ground support team for Standing Rock in their fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.|
|Where||Hot Yoga Philadelphia at 1520 Sansom St.|
|When||February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm|
|How much||Pay what you can, $5-$25|
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TJ McConnell hit a jumper with 5.8 seconds to play as the Sixers beat Orlando 112-111 for just their second win in the last nine games. But Joel Embiid didn't play again, and the team can't say when the star rookie will be back on the court. Brett Brown called it "extreme caution," but is it more? Fans and media in the city sure think so. We ran through the four conspiracy theories including, yes, the ridiculous notion they may be tanking again.
The mobile beer garden last year known as Parks on Tap was such a success that it's coming back in 2017 -- and it'll be way bigger than last year. Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and FCM Hospitality announced this week that Parks on Tap will run for 20 weeks this year (as opposed to 14 weeks) and organizers expect the lengthier season to allow them to bring the beer gardens to more locations throughout the city. Philly.com has more details.