Cheri Honkala, a 54-year-old Green Party politician and staunch anti-poverty advocate, is not a polished politician or a member of Philadelphia’s class of elite Democratic pols. But she is running as one of the write-in candidates for a state House seat representing North Philly’s 197th District, where a special election is taking place today. She says she has a plan to end homelessness in the district -- but she isn’t even technically on the ballot. Here’s what she had to say about her run with Jill Stein, the Democratic machine and why she lets the homeless crash in her house.
Bill Cosby is set to go trial this June for sexual assault charges dating back to 2004, and he'll have a jury from Allegheny County, following the most recent pre-trial motion. Now, Cosby's lawyers say they plan to prescreen the potential new jurors to weed out anyone who's already been paying close attention to the case. Seems like a logical move for defense attorneys, right? Cosby's lawyers want to send a pre-trial questionnaire to as many as 2,000 people. Catch up on the entire case here.
Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed similar legislation last year, but the Pennsylvania House yesterday passed a bill 157-39 that would delay the release of the names of police officers involved in shootings or other use-of-force incidents. HB 27 would bar any public official or employee from releasing the names of officers involved in a shooting until 30 days after an incident or until after an investigation is complete. This would override Philadelphia's policy, which requires officers' names to be released within 72 hours, unless there's a credible threat.
Mural Arts is embracing the activist spirit sweeping Philadelphia with a new series of programs dedicated to looking at the role of art in political change. This kick-off event is a discussion between artists Olek, Michelle Angela Ortiz and Liza Goodell and is hosted by Conrad 'Streets Dept' Benner.
Where: Kimmel Center's Hamilton Garden at 300 S. Broad St.
When: March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15
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The Union are close to finding their new CTO. The team's VP of Marketing, Doug Vosik, told us Monday they’ve narrowed the list for "Chief Tattoo Officer" to 13, and the players are now reviewing the submissions to get down to a group of “three to five” ink specialists they like the best. An original list of 150 applicants had been cut to 30 in early March, and Monday they announced 13 shops that will get narrowed to the final few. Vosik told us they're picking the best art, then plan to "find the best person or group of people at the shop we feel good with. There is quite a vetting process, but we’re pleasantly surprised by how the community has embraced the idea.” Check out the finalists, and read more about the reasons behind the program.
Round 1 in our search with Philly Loves Beer to find America's best brewery garnered thousands of votes, but there were very few upsets. Now's when things get really interesting. Victory is head to head with Sly Fox, for example, putting two brewmasters who are good friends on opposite sides. And in the most fraught matchup so far, we've got Dogfish Head versus Brooklyn Brewery. It's Sam Calagione’s laid-back look and extreme beer versus Garrett Oliver’s dapper blazers and classic brews. Which reputation will lead to triumph here? All up to you — vote now.