Philly's pre-K is happening. Like, $12 million happening. Enrollment began in November and classes will start in January. The money comes from Philly's soda tax — ya know, the one the American Beverage Association is suing over, and that a judge plans to rule on any day. So what happens if the only source of funding the city plans to use to bankroll the first session of pre-K goes out the window with the soda tax ruling? Good question.
Bill Cosby is back in court this week so a judge can decide whether testimony from 13 other accusers can be used in his sexual assault trial involving a former Temple University employee. Yesterday kicked off with Cosby making a "don't tase me bro" joke as courthouse security attempted to wand him, and included an argument between lawyers about a PowerPoint presentation facing the wrong way. In actual case-related news, the prosecution is basically trying to establish similarities in accusations made by these women in order for their testimony to be admissible later. The hearing resumes today at 9 a.m.
The same camera that caught thieves ripping 1s and 0s from address markers in East Kensington also caught someone dropping a bag of them off Monday night. The Binary Bandits, either done with all those numbers he stole or just feeling remorseful, left 83 1s and 0s on Meghan Haley's front steps. Her numbers were stolen in the fall and she was the first person to release footage of the Bonnie and Clyde duo ripping numbers off houses. Police are still working on the case. Check out surveillance footage of this dude carefully returning the stolen numbers.
No. 1 Villanova took down Temple, 78-57, on the back of Josh Hart’s 26 points, to win Philly’s Big 5 title Tuesday night. Both the Wildcats and Owls were undefeated in the city this year, but the Cats stifled Temple’s offense to pull out the victory, their 17th-straight, dating back to last year’s NCAA Tournament. This was also Nova’s 18th Big 5 win in a row, as Hart and Kris Jenkins will end their careers having never lost a Big 5 game.
Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will talk about how environmental issues (coal-fired power plants, droughts, flooding) can unequally affect residents of low-income urban neighborhoods — and what we can do about it. RSVP requested.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: December 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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Philly's December trend appears to be boozy hot chocolate. It sure as hell beats the usual December trend of cold and snow, which are both on their way. Head up to Skygarten's 51st floor observation deck and choose from peppermint schnapps, Fireball cinnamon whiskey or Buffalo Trace bourbon. It's topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolates, candy canes, sprinkles and syrups. Maybe winter isn't so bad.
While the Flyers try for their 10th-straight win tonight, the Sixers are going for their third-straight, a feat the franchise hasn’t had since January 4, 2014, a span of 235 games. Nerlens Noel is back, but may sit out after spraining his ankle Sunday. We looked at how Brett Brown will manage his minutes with Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and the other bigs, and broke down the drastic Sixers’ splits with ‘The Process’ and without.