Will the red wave that overtook Pennsylvania continue into next year? Can progressive ideas become policies? In many ways, politics are more interesting than ever, and Billy Penn is recognizing 13 young Philadelphians who are helping mold the future of the city, state and country as part of its latest installment of Who’s Next. The list includes campaign workers for DA-elect Larry Krasner, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and many others, and you can see them here.
Sunday is an off day for the 8-1 Eagles. You have a choice: Grab the box of Christmas lights and get hanging, or find other sports to watch. The thing is, there is nothing going on in Philly Sunday. We tried to find some Sunday sports alternatives for readers and outside of NFL RedZone there's a DII basketball doubleheader with Jefferson and Holy Family in the Northeast, or squash — squash!!! — between Drexel and Penn. That said, there's a lot going on this weekend, including Saturday with the Sixers (who lost late last night in Sacramento) and Flyers (who beat the Blackhawks) and the tipoff to college basketball season tonight, headlined by Villanova at WFC. Check out all the non-Eagles sports in Philly this weekend before you get stuck on a ladder tied up in icicle lights.
David Coit says being in jail is "the closest thing to hell." So when he completed his five-year prison sentence in January, he was determined to remain free. Coit wasn't even a teenager when he began selling drugs in Hunting Park. “The proof is telling me that if I sell drugs, I’m going to make money and take care of my family,” he remembers thinking. But release sparked a change in Coit, and he's now making his way through the Community College of Philadelphia, with help from its Center for Male Engagement.
Philly's high school graduation rates are up for the third consecutive year. We're still behind other large cities, but the class of 2017 saw a 67 percent graduation rate, and individual schools have made big leaps. Lincoln High School, in Mayfair, had a 12 percent increase this year for a total graduation rate of 72 percent. And the overall graduation rate at Dobbins at 22nd and Lehigh was 96 percent. Here's a look at what's working and how the city plans to continue its progress.
|What||Yes, today. Skate your heart out after the noon ribbon-cutting ceremony (rain or shine). Anyone with a military ID can skate for free until 11 p.m.|
|Where||Dilworth Park at 1 S. 15th St. 19102|
|When||November 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm|
|How much||$3-$5, plus $10 for skates|
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Runners will be in line at 7 a.m. tomorrow for the Rocky Run. Well, a Rocky run. Because we have two. Because Philly. Because Rocky. Tomorrow's race is one of the most popular in Philadelphia, attracting several thousand runners each year since it began in 2014. But it has no real connection to Rocky or the route he took during his famous training run montage in the movie. So why call it the Rocky Run? And what's the other race all about? We got to the bottom of it.
Let's settle this once and for all: Keep your greasy pizza box out of the recycling bin. Philly might be #blessed with single stream recycling, but that doesn't mean you can shove whatever you want into the blue bins. Your light bulbs, broken bottles and plastic bags aren't recyclable, either. Feeling confused? Green Philly T put together this handy visual aid. Stick it on your fridge. Tape it to the blue bin. And when you're done with it, recycle it.