Cheapskates Outraged by the Franklin Institute

Photo courtesy of the Franklin Institute.

The Franklin Institute ran a little social media scavenger hunt promotion on Thursday morning with a prize that seemingly the entire city was clamoring to get its hands on: free solar eclipse viewers.

But after a shipment of the goods reportedly didn’t arrive on time, the Franklin ran out of viewers quickly and people were pissed. Feeling cheated, salty eclipse fans took to Instagram to let the museum know that they didn’t appreciate being given the runaround: Read more »

More Than 18,000 People Have Signed a Petition to Keep the Rizzo Statue

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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 »

Photos: Thousands Gather for “Philly is Charlottesville” Rally

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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 »

Philly Fireman Taking Heat for Charlottesville Post

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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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Man Who Allegedly Urinated on Synagogue Charged With Ethnic Intimidation

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Photo via the Philadelphia Police Department

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 »

Police Arrest Man for Throwing Eggs at Frank Rizzo Statue

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Photo by Caroline Bartholomew

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

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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