Last week, we told you that police were looking for the Uber driver who allegedly assaulted his passenger after a pickup in University City, and now we’ve learned that investigators have made an arrest. Read more »
The Pennridge School District has apologized after a hybrid math/English question about Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings caused an uproar on the internet.
The fill-in-the-blank question, part of a homework assignment, read: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing.” (The correct response is “boyfriend.”)
But the question wasn’t from a literature class; it was actually a math problem. To find the correct answer, students were supposed to solve for x and y in two equations. Read more »
The Sixers will look to continue their winning ways tonight when they take on the visiting Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers are riding high, winners in four of their last five games, the most recent being a thrilling 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks, a game which saw the team finish on a 15-4 run, culminating in a basket by T.J. McConnell as time expired for the win.
The schedule gets significantly more difficult starting tonight, with the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in town. The Hornets have been struggling of late, dropping five of their last six games, albeit against strong competition (Cavs, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets), and slowed down by injuries to Cody Zeller and Nicolas Batum, both of whom should be back tonight.
I heard the rumor. I saw the signs. But I had to check it out for myself.
So I went to Rittenhouse Square this afternoon at 2:34 p.m., grabbed a good spot on the wall and sat. At 2:49 p.m., a police officer told me I had to move. Yes, it’s true: You can no longer sit on the wall in Rittenhouse Square. (You might get 15 minutes of sitting time before a police officer notices, though.)
The officer — who is stationed in a patrol car inside the park — was incredibly apologetic. This was true all over; I observed another officer who actually told a man sitting on a bench not to light up his cigarette because there’s a park smoking ban. “I don’t want you to waste it,” the cop said.
The cop who stopped me told me the signs went up yesterday and Tuesday. Read more »
Ah, January. That time of year when we begin to think about filling out our tax returns — and also how much we all hate the Internal Revenue Service. Well, here’s another reason to hate on the IRS: One of their employees was stealing other people’s refunds. Read more »
Independence Mall is getting another tourist attraction.
On Wednesday the American Bible Society, along with local leaders, gathered to officially announce the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. The 40,000-square-foot museum — with 25,000 square feet of exhibition space — is scheduled to open in fall 2018 in the Wells Fargo building at the northeast corner of 5th and Market streets.
“This location … places us between Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center,” said Roy Peterson, president/CEO of the American Bible Society. “It’s no accident that we decided to build this here in Philadelphia, a city founded by William Penn, whose belief in religious freedom landed him in prison before he had the ultimate opportunity to establish this city as a beacon for the world.”
The Bible Society moved its headquarters from New York City to Philadelphia two years ago. Peterson said the new museum, which will cost about $60 million to construct, will be privately funded. The Society sold its NYC headquarters for $300 million in 2015. Read more »
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Philadelphia-based physician David Shulkin to lead the country’s Department of Veteran Affairs. Read more »