Senator Pat Toomey stood on the US Senate floor Wednesday and asked Donald Trump to make good on his campaign promise and strip some federal funding away from Philadelphia because it's a sanctuary city. Mayor Kenney has vowed to maintain the city's sanctuary status, despite the president-elect's pledge to cut funds. What could get cut? Most likely, Department of Justice grants, which have supported programs such as domestic violence aid, rape kits, youth violence prevention, bulletproof vests and more.
The Republican party of Pennsylvania and the Donald Trump campaign have filed in Pennsylvania court to stop a lawsuit that could result in a statewide recount of the presidential election votes. In the 85-page filing, lawyers call Jill Stein “the 1% candidate," say she doesn’t have any proof that the elections process was compromised, and contend that she should post a $10 million bond to cover the cost. Stein's campaign released several statements that try to rebut the filing, telling supporters that "lawyers are expensive and Trump knows it." Oh, and she's holding a Monday press conference outside Trump Tower.
Ever had a cheesesteak at Barry’s? If not, you’re apparently missing out — according to Billy Penn voters, it’s better than Dalessandro’s. The little-known Roxborough shop won last round's matchup 59 to 41 percent to make it into the Final Four of our Ultimate Cheesesteak Bracket along with Philly institutions Jim's South Street, John's Roast Pork and Steve's Prince of Steaks. Now things are getting really serious. Cast your votes in the penultimate battles here.
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Every holiday season, Little Baby's does a donation drive to benefit hospitality nonprofit Broad Street Ministry, and this year what BSM guests really need is some clean underwear. Bring an unopened multipack of unworn underwear and get $3 off your ice cream order. Good now through Dec. 23.
Where: Little Baby's Ice Cream at Kensington Headquarters and Cedar Park Embassy
When: December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to December 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Pick up a ticket and you'll be granted access inside more than a dozen of the homes on Elfreth's Alley, all decked out in their holiday finest. Expect stories, refreshments and a visit from Ben Franklin.
Where: The Museum of Elfreth's Alley at 126 Elfreth's Alley, 19106
When: December 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $25 adults; $10 kids
Bring the family to this bierhall to hang and take pictures with Santa Claus (in German: "the Christmasman") while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet of German food. Also: Housemade glühwein and singing carolers.
Where: Brauhuas Schmitz at 718 South St. 19147
When: December 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: $25 ticket ($15 kids) required
Want to learn how to organize and lobby elected officials? The Jewish Voice for Peace is hosting a legislative training event, useful to anyone involved in social justice work. Arrive early to participate in an interfaith prayer for Standing Rock, held in response to the call from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.
Where: Repair the World: Philadelphia at 4029 Market St. 19104
When: December 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Hit up the anniversary party of this Center City mainstay to toast 13 years. Expect free snacks, a photo booth and a raffle that benefits the Monster Milers, a nonprofit that helps dogs waiting for adoption stay healthy with exercise.
Where: Good Dog Bar at 224 S. 15th St. 19102
When: December 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to December 5, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go