WATCH: Activists Protest Philly’s Rizzo Statue

Photo by Joe Trinacria.

After word spread throughout the city that pro-Frank Rizzo statue supporters were planning a protest outside of the Municipal Services Building on Monday afternoon, a group of counter-protesters organized by Philly for REAL Justice sprung into action.

A sit-down with Mayor Kenney ultimately quashed the pro-statue demonstration, but activists on the other side of the issue still held their “Frank Rizzo Down” protest as members of the Philadelphia Police Department stood guard. Read more »

Edward Snowden Will Make an Appearance at the Free Library

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L: via Kansas Sebastian via Flickr. | R: Laura Poitras / Praxis Films via Wikimedia Commons

Edward Snowden is (kind of) coming the Free Library next month.

The whistleblower and former CIA employee will appear via live closed-circuit video link – which is sort of like a high-security version of Skype or FaceTime. He’ll remain somewhere in Russia, where he’s sought asylum since 2013, the year he was charged with espionage for leaking classified National Security Agency information. Read more »

More Than 40 Injured in SEPTA Crash in Upper Darby

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Photo by Peetlesnumber1 via Wikimedia Commons; used under a Creative Commons License

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

More than 40 people were injured when a SEPTA train crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby.

SEPTA officials say an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train struck an unoccupied parked train around 12:15 a.m. at the station. Read more »

So Long, Summer: Philly Pools Are Already Closing

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The public pool in Francisville. | Photo Credit: Group Melvin Design and Sikora Wells Appel

It feels like just yesterday we told you Philly public pools were open.

And now, two months after swimming season kicked off, we’re lamenting its end. It might seem early (it always does,) but Parks and Rec started shutting down public pools on August 11th, and by Friday, they’ll all be closed.

Now’s your chance to take one final dip of the summer.

The following pools will close at 7 p.m. on these dates:

Monday, August 21

  • Francisville (1737 Francis St, 19130)
  • James Finnegan (6900 Grovers Ave, 19142)
  • Piccoli (1501 E Bristol Ave, 19124)

Tuesday, August 22

  • Kingsessing (4901 Kingsessing Ave, 19143)
  • Mander (2140 N 33rd St, 19121)

Wednesday, August 23

  • Bridesburg (4601 Richmond St, 19137)
  • Lawncrest (6000 Rising Sun Ave, 19111)
  • Vogt (4131 Unruh Ave, 19135)

Thursday, August 24

  • Hunting Park (900 W Hunting Park Ave, 19140)
  • Pleasant (6720 Boyer St, 19119)

Friday, August 25

  • Anderson (740 S 17th St, 19146)
  • Awbury (6101 Ardleigh St, 19138)
  • * Carousel (4300 Avenue of the Republic, 19131)
  • Feltonville (231 E Wyoming Ave, 19120)
  • Kelly (4231 Landsdowne Dr, 19131)
  • Lee (4328 Haverford Ave, 19104)
  • Max Myers (1601 Hellerman St, 19149)
  • Samuel (2501 E Tioga St, 19134)
  • * Sayre (5835 Spruce St, 19139)
  • Vare (2600 Morris St, 19145)

The following pools have already closed:

  • Amos (1817 N 16th St, 19121)
  • Athletic (1400 N 26th St, 19121)
  • Belfield (2100 W Chew Ave, 19138)
  • Cherashore (851 W Olney Ave, 19120)
  • CB Moore (2551 N 22nd St, 19132)
  • Christy (728 S 55th St, 19143)
  • East Poplar (901 N 8th St, 19123)
  • Fox Chase (7901 Ridgeway St, 19111)
  • Houseman (5091 Summerdale Ave, 19124)
  • Mill Creek (5100 Parrish St, 19139)
  • Morris Estate (1610 W Chelten Ave, 19126)
  • Myers (5803 Kingsessing Ave, 19143)
  • Sacks (400 Washington Ave, 19147)
  • Cohox (2901 Cedar St, 19134)
  • Cruz (1431 6th St, 19122)
  • Dendy (1501 N 10th St, 19122)
  • Mitchell (3700 Whitehall Ln, 19114)
  • Shuler (3000 N 27th St, 19132)
  • Ziehler (200 E Olney Ave, 19120)
  • 12th and Cambria (2901 N 12th St, 19133)
  • Hancock (1401 N Hancock St, 19122)
  • Jardel (1400 Cottman Ave, 19111)
  • Scanlon (1099 E Tioga St, 19134)
  • Stinger Square (3200 Dickinson St, 19146)
  • 39th and Olive (700 N 39th St, 19104)
  • Gathers (2501 Diamond St, 19121)
  • Heitzman (2136 Castor Ave, 19134)
  • Lonnie Young (1100 E Chelten Ave, 19138)
  • Waterloo (2501 Waterloo St, 19133)
  • American Legion (6201 Torresdale Ave, 19135)
  • Baker (5433 Landsdowne Ave, 19131)
  • Lackman (1101 Bartlett St, 19115)
  • McVeigh (400 E Ontario St, 19134)
  • ML King (2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave, 19121)
  • Barry (1800 Johnston St, 19145)
  • Jacobs (4500 Linden Ave, 19114)
  • Tustin (5901 W Columbia Ave, 19151)
  • Cobbs Creek (280 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19139)
  • Ford (609 Snyder Ave, 19148)
  • Hillside (201 Fountain St, 19127)
  • Northern Liberties (321 Fairmount Ave, 19123)
  • Penrose (1101 W Susquehanna Rd, 19122)
  • Cione (2600 E Aramingo Ave, 19125)
  • Kendrick (5822 Ridge Ave, 19128)
  • * Lincoln (3201 Rowland Ave, 19136)
  • O’Connor (2601 South St, 19146)
  • * Pickett (5700 Wayne Ave, 19144)
  • Ridgway (1301 Carpenter St, 19147)
  • Schmidt (113 W Ontario St, 19140)
  • Shepard (5700 Haverford Ave, 19131)
  • Simpson (1010 Arrott St, 19124)
  • Chew (1800 Washington Ave, 19146)
  • Murphy (300 W Shunk St, 19148)

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Stop Waiting in Line for Eclipse Glasses

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L: The line for eclipse glasses outside Wills Eye Hospital on Monday morning.

The much-anticipated solar eclipse will take place just hours from now.

Maybe you planned ahead and got some coveted eclipse glasses weeks ago. Maybe you got lucky and landed a free pair last minute (like the hundreds of people who lined up outside Wills Eye Hospital in Washington Square West to snag some on Monday morning).

But chances are you’ve procrastinated, and now you’re empty-handed, with no way to defend your eyes from the sun’s partially-covered rays. If that’s the case, we’ve got a state-of-the-art solution for you, and it consists of a bunch of junk you’ve probably got lying around at home: heavy paper (like poster paper of sorts), aluminum foil, scissors, tape, and a paper clip.  Read more »

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