As if people weren't peeved enough that staffers for the Democratic National Convention in Philly got $1 million in bonuses, now it's been reported that the surplus was supposed to go to charity. Former Mayor, Governor and Host Committee Chair Ed Rendell says $1.2 million of the $4 million surplus did go to charity and the staff bonuses were actually "delayed compensation." But even Gov. Tom Wolf has questioned the spending, and paperwork filed long before the DNC came to town sure makes it seem like any leftover funds would go directly to charitable causes (check out that last paragraph).
Among the 18 recommendations from the Mayor's Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia: conduct a consumer-directed media campaign, educate the public about naloxone and create policies to make opioid prescriptions safer. The task force dropped its report Friday as the number of opioid-related deaths in the city inches toward 1,000. The city's already released a commercial warning against opioid use. The report also recommends further exploration of safe-injection sites, but doesn't go as far as suggesting implementation.
Sidewalk dining in Philly is usually a tough compromise between being jostled by passersby/being drenched with car exhaust and getting to enjoy eating and drinking in the open air. But Cross Keys Cafe, the dining outlet at the new Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, that's not a worry. The raised patio area puts you right on the street, but it's protected, and no cars are allowed to park alongside. Plus, turns out the food is surprisingly good, and there's local beer.
The traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood. Hop Sing Laundromat opted for sneakers. The Chinatown favorite is relaxing its dress code to celebrate five years, though owner Lê said the sneaker ban was never really serious in the first place. He told Philly.com the whole thing started as a joke during a pre-opening interview. So while shorts, flip-flops and sandals are still banned, sneakers are officially allowed, as of May 25. Still, there's no plan to allow the 1,700 people he has banned back in, no matter what shoes they wear.
The Troc's Movie Mondays gets wacky with Pee Wee's debut movie. Arrive before 7 p.m. and your first beer is free, or arrive anytime dressed as a character from the film to score a gratis drink. Otherwise, the $3 entry fee goes toward something at the bar (food or booze) and there's lots of other deals throughout the night — including special White Castle burgers.
Where: The Trocadero at 1003 Arch St. 19107
When: May 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $3
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French Apple Pie might be one of the most under-rated Tastykakes there is. It's not the Butterscotch Krimpet or the Kandy Kake, but the glazed pie makes a perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. And one year ago today, we showed you how to make your own, with help from Le Virtu pastry chef Angela Ranalli. Our readers didn't go bonkers for this how-to video the way you did for the Krimpets or the Snowballs, but the homemade version of this tasty treat is about 100x better. A friendly dessert reminder: You gotta make this French Apple Pie.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is back for a fourth season, with games to play, places to lounge, and lots to eat. The whole place screams laid-back, easy fun, but a lot of work went into setting it all up. We went behind the scenes to capture the set-up process, from laying the boardwalk to hanging the hammocks. Check it out in this 30-second time lapse.