Recently re-elected Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey's a wanted man. Well, in the sense that everyone's looking for him. The Republican lawmaker was among a handful of congressional leaders who were bombarded with phones calls to their office as of late. In the last few days, they've been largely focused on a campaign to stop Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for secretary of education. And when the phones were so busy, the callers turned to the fax machine. That's why Pat Toomey's office got literally 8,000 faxes in a span of 24 hours.
Today's the day: Wing Bowl. The annual wing-eating competition the Friday before the Super Bowl brings together a morning of drunken debauchery with an eating competition where the competitors are flanked by scantily-clad women. Some 20,000 people get totally bombed every year and crowd into the Wells Fargo Center to scream and watch and cheer for women who are flashing their bare chests to appear on the Jumbotron. This year, we took a look at what Wing Bowl is like outside the Philly bubble. And if reading specifically about Wing Bowl isn't your style, here's how the *other* morning shows handle this day.
Hundreds of Comcast employees walked off the job and took to the streets Thursday afternoon in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. By 2:30 p.m., the crowd at City Hall had swelled to more than 1,000 people holding signs, chanting and listening to short stories told by their immigrant coworkers. The rally lasted just an hour, but garnered support from even some top employees at the corporation. Watch a video of the rally and read an interview with the supportive Comcast CTO here.
Lee Mayjahs of PEX party fame hosts a new edition of the "Foundations" dance party that's been semi-regular in Philly, Miami and Chicago for the past five years. Expect music of all varieties with one common theme: They'll get you moving.
Where: Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front St. 19122
When: February 3, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. to February 4, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $5 cover
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Before Grey Lodge Pub owner Mike “Scoats” Scotese made it a thing, nobody in Philly really cared about Groundhog Day. However, Groundhog Day has always mattered to Scotese, who’s been throwing a morning-into-afternoon February 2 party at his Mayfair bar for 16 years running. The event isn’t just another excuse to drink good beer, several revelers told Billy Penn. Now, they wait eagerly for the holiday each year.
Almost 50,000 international students study in Pennsylvania, 13,000 of whom go to school in Philadelphia. Since last Friday, when President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning all refugees as well as suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Philly’s major universities have been rushing to make contact with the dozens of international students and staff who are directly affected. Here's how they're working to help students and faculty.