The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Philly Did Philly

Fans and media gather on the red carpet before the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Fans and media gather on the red carpet before the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. AP | Julio Cortez

Some cities might have been thrown for a loop by all that went on here this week, between the NFL draft, the Penn Relays, and the first really summer-ish weather. Not Philly. We smiled at the wide-eyed strangers in our midst, waited indulgently in traffic for packs of roving bruhs, made way for the odd feminista uprising, waved at all the cops. We booed Roger Goodell with lusty pleasure. We booed first-round Eagles pick Derek Barnett. (Welcome to Philly, kid!) We gave hometown hero Haasan Reddick, the Temple walk-on who went to the Cardinals just ahead of the Birds’ pick, the biggest cheers of opening night.  Read more »

City Council Passes Immigration Resolution

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Amid heated national debate about so-called sanctuary cities, Philly is making its immigration stance loud and clear.

City Council has passed a resolution this week “recognizing every person’s fundamental right to earn a living, regardless of immigration status, and affirming the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to protect and secure a safe and dignified workplace for all.”  Read more »

Pa. House Passes Bill That Would Forbid Regulating Plastic Bag Sales

The state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would forbid Philadelphia and other municipalities from regulating plastic bag sales.

It’s pushback against a green effort implemented by more than 190 cities and towns across the country – including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago and Austin.

The regulations are largely enacted to cut back on the harmful environmental effects of plastic bags (they become litter, get caught up in waterways/tree branches and are ingested by animals) while generating a revenue stream.

But supporters of the bill say regulations could hurt the state’s manufacturing and recycling industries. The measure has been touted as a job-friendly bill that would “protect the 1,500 Pennsylvania residents whose jobs depend on the plastic bag recycling and manufacturing industry,” House Minority White Mike Hanna, a Democrat who sponsors the bill, told City&State PA Read more »

Scenes From the NFL Draft in Philly

Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

First you saw the road closures. Then came the traffic. By now, you know the NFL Draft is upon us. You might even know how the whole thing works.

So – what does the event that’s shutting down the Parkway actually look like? Apparently it looks like the “wildest, most raucous atmosphere in draft history.” Read more »

Report: Judges, Clients Say El-Shabazz Provided Improper Defense

Tariq El-Shabazz | Photo courtesy of El-Shabazz's campaign

Tariq El-Shabazz | Photo courtesy of El-Shabazz’s campaign

An in-depth City and State PA investigation into several legal cases handled by district attorney candidate Tariq El-Shabazz during his time as a private defense attorney has uncovered a string of clients who claim that he mishandled their cases – and, in one case, two federal judges who ruled that El-Shabazz’s conduct contributed to a man’s conviction.  Read more »

Is the NFL Draft One Big Bust for Philly Tourism?

Plenty of rooms at the Loews and other hotels in Philly during the NFL Draft. (Image via Google Maps)

Plenty of rooms at the Loews and other hotels in Philly during the NFL Draft. (Image via Google Maps)

With the NFL Draft mega-event — sold to us with promises of great exposure, a tourism bump, and a revenue jolt — already underway in Philadelphia, we would have expected hotel availability to be scarce. We would have thought that getting a table at a great restaurant would be downright impossible. But that’s simply not the case. Read more »

Dear NFL: Take Your Stupid-Ass Draft and Shove It

Rendering of the draft stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Rendering of the draft stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For months now, I’ve been listening to city VIPs and the kind of guys who spend their free time playing fantasy football go on and on about how awesome it is that the NFL Draft is coming to Philadelphia. Well, now it’s here. And ain’t it great? Read more »

Labor Unions Endorse Jack O’Neill for Philly DA

Jack O'Neill | Photo courtesy of O'Neill's campaign

Jack O’Neill | Photo courtesy of O’Neill’s campaign

Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.

O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne AbrahamRead more »

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