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Key Sixers player commences a vegan diet

When we look at our best and brightest athletes, we think their diets must include fatty, protein-filled meats. But that’s not always the case. Case in point: Jahlil Okafor, 21, and a center for the Sixers, is following athletes like Tom Brady, Venus Williams and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:25pm

New monument to honor OV Catto, Philly titan of civil rights

It has been nearly 150 years in the making. But it is finally here. Octavius Valentine Catto, of Philadelphia, was an intellectual, scholar, teacher, athlete, Civil War veteran and civil rights leader. At age 32 on Election Day, 1871, he was murdered in the street by white men while trying to...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:22pm

PHOTOS: Opera on the Mall 2017

Opera Philadelphia hosted their seventh annual Opera on the Mall on Saturday, Sept. 23. Nearly 6,000 attendees enjoyed a screening of Mozart’s comedy, “The Marriage of Figaro.” Before the show began, guests got to enjoy the Family Fun Zone, complete with kid-friendly activities...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:45pm

Puerto Ricans celebrate heritage despite fresh pain of Maria

As a sanctuary city, Philadelphia is home to many different cultural groups. To celebrate Puerto Rican pride and culture, the annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade is a joyful showcase of Puerto Rican and Hispanic traditions, music and more. With approximately 5,000 people in attendance on Sunday,...

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:06pm

Pennsylvania ID'd nearly a year ago as best target for voting hacks

While Pennsylvania officials were notified Friday that attempts were made to hack its election systems, warnings about their vulnerability were raised nearly a year ago. There is currently no evidence of a successful breach, but the key state had already been identified as a possible target. Ben...

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:48am

Brandon Tate-Brown family dropping lawsuit against police over killing

Brandon Tate-Brown’s shooting by a rookie 15th district cop in 2014, just months after the nation erupted over the shooting in Ferguson, led to a wave of protests around Philly but no official punishment for the officer involved.  Now Tate-Brown’s mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson,...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 4:06pm

Questlove tells us what this generation lacks

Philly’s own Questlove is truly a renaissance man, as co-founder of legendary hip-hop band, The Roots, musical director for NBC’s "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NYU professor, DJ, producer of other artists and more. Did we mention he also writes books, too? His...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

5 ways you can celebrate National Comic Book Day

For decades now, comic books have kept their ever-growing readership thoroughly entertained, page after page. From deep, dark graphic novels to the latest superhero titles, comic books have broken away from a niche industry and are now a permanent fixture of mainstream American society. It’s...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:43am

University of the Arts is making major moves

If it seems like you’ve been hearing more about The University of the Arts – Philly’s preeminent visual and performing arts hall of learning on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City – then you’re not mistaken. Last week, the University of the Arts made its first big...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:02am

Pumpkin pizza is here and it’s a winner

Mattei Family Pizza in Point Breeze (1260 Point Breeze Ave.) has a specialty pie each month and for October, I got to try their Oktoberfest pizza ahead of its launch. It comes with real pumpkin, pancetta and gorgonzola on top of a perfectly charred Italian-style pizza.  “My cousin came...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:28pm

PHOTOS: Outstanding in Her Field 2017

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier hosted their second annual Outstanding in Her Field dinner at the Inn at Grace Winery (50 Sweetwater Rd., Glen Mills) with over 120 people in attendance. This year’s honoree was local food legend, Ann Karlen, whose...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:20pm

Hallucinatory art experiences at Fringe Festival

A Center City bar has turned into a psychedelic dinner-theater experience as part of the Philly Fringe Festival this week. On Wednesday night, the upstairs of Franky Bradley’s Bar in Center City was transformed by dancers Teddy Fatscher, Tommy Schimmel, Dave Morreale, Misha King, Jake...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:03pm

This may be the best pizza in Philly right now

Last year, I chatted with Philly musician and chef, Mariano Mattei, about his appearance on the Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons.” At the time, he revealed his plans to open a pizzeria in Point Breeze and we even got to see the space before renovation began. Flash forward to this...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:23pm

Grief-stricken grandma doesn’t believe her grandson drowned

Val Lattimore is a woman haunted by the death of her 11-year-old grandson in 2015. And two years later, like many who have suffered from tragedy, she still can’t accept the official story that Laquan Lattimore drowned after going swimming in Darby Creek in Delaware County.  “He...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 9:57am

14 fun things to do in Philly this weekend

THEATER   A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Sept. 21 through Oct. 22, various times Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut St. walnutstreettheatre.org $20   Walnut Street Theatre—in an unbelievable 209th season—brings Stephen Sondheim’s “A...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 5:06am

Non-citizens have been registering to vote in PA for years

City Commissioner Al Schmidt, one of three commissioners who oversees city elections, announced Wednesday that his office has discovered that hundreds of non-citizens have been able to register to vote in Philly and likely statewide in the last decade.  “When you’re a non-citizen...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:39pm

Get ready to lace up and get scrappy with the Liberty Belles

Most sports for women don’t encourage physical contact – to “protect” them. Turns out, that’s the opposite of what some ladies want. “If you asked us what we enjoy most, I think there would be a resounding majority that would tell you the best part is getting...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:42pm

You have two more chances to see ‘Iphigenia at Aulis’ on the USS Olympia

You’ve probably been on a boat before but have you ever experienced a theatrical production on a ship? With Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC), you can finally cross that item (that you never knew you had) off your bucket list. Their latest production “Iphigenia at Aulis...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 11:00am

Philly Music Fest wants you to support your scene

There’s a lot of great music coming out of Philadelphia these days, and Greg Seltzer, a local attorney, wants to do his part in supporting it, through launching the first-ever Philly Music Fest. “I’m an attorney at Ballard Spahr doing merger and acquisitions, but everyone who...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 8:22am

Wayne Junction, gateway to Northwest Philly, targeted for revitalization

Right now, the area around Wayne Junction may not look like much. Large empty warehouses from Philadelphia's bygone industrial era stand over roads barren of pedestrian traffic, save for SEPTA commuters around the Regional Rail station, which was first built by the Reading Railroad company...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:02am