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A petition to keep the city’s Frank Rizzo statue is gaining steam.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 18,000 people had signed the petition, which was posted on change.org by South Philly resident Marc Ferguson. That’s about 15,000 more signatures than a petition calling for the statue’s removal has gathered. Read more »
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The Broad Street median parking war continues.
The city is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed last month in Common Pleas Court by an urbanist political action committee that wants to stop cars from parking illegally on the Broad Street median. Read more »
A survey conducted by mobile food delivery app GrubHub found that students attending the University of Pennsylvania place 108 percent more orders for healthy food options than any other school in the country, the Inquirer reported. Read more »
Police say more than two thousand people flooded the city’s streets on Wednesday night for the “Philly is Charlottesville” march against racism.
Interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) organized the demonstration, which began at 7 p.m. near Congregation Rodeph Shalom in North Philly. Protesters marched south on Broad Street to City Hall, where they shut down surrounding streets around 8 p.m. Read more »
A unified committee representing the interests of the respective soccer federations for the United States, Mexico and Canada has officially bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to the North American continent. Read more »
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The Philadelphia Fire Department and Mayor Jim Kenney have spoken out against what they called a “reprehensible” photo posted by a Philly fireman after the Charlottesville rally.
The fireman, John Deluisi, shared on Facebook a photo of himself holding a burning tiki torch and wearing a hat with a Confederate flag on it. The caption read “Headed to VA,” where dozens were injured and one woman was killed this past weekend as a result of violence spurred by a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
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The man who gave a security camera the middle finger before urinating on the front steps of a synagogue in Northeast Philly has been charged with ethnic intimidation, according to police.
Officials say 23-year-old Sheidali Dzhalilov of Rhawnhurst turned himself into the Northeast Detective Division around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Police released footage of the incident earlier in the week, though the video has since been made private. Read more »
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Philly police arrested a man who hurled eggs at the Frank Rizzo statue on Wednesday morning.
According to 6ABC, the incident occurred around 10:40 a.m., shortly after the city fenced in the controversial statue. The news organization posted a video of the man throwing the eggs and running away.
Police officers who were standing nearby reportedly chased the man and took him into custody. His identity – and whether or not he’ll face any charges – remains unclear. Read more »
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Police in Ocean City are looking for a hot-tempered Shoregoer who they say intentionally killed a seagull on the beach with an umbrella on Monday afternoon.
The strange saga began just after 12 p.m. when officers responded to the 1200 block of the beach following reports that an unidentified man had just beaten a seagull to death. After locating the suspect, police were told by the man that he killed the “aggressive” bird to protect young children in the area. The officers took no action at this time and lifeguards removed the deceased seagull from the beach. Read more »
A white supremacist carries a Nazi flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, August 12th. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Activists plan to gather on Wednesday night in Center City as part of the “Philly is Charlottesville” march and rally.
Interfaith organization POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) will host the event, which kicks off at 7 p.m. outside the Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, located at 615 N. Broad Street. Read more »