$50M to help Philly solve crimes; 40-day chicken challenge; Navy Yard’s driverless shuttle | Morning roundup

$50M to help Philly solve crimes; 40-day chicken challenge; Navy Yard’s driverless shuttle | Morning roundup

Generate-in votes, from Hurts to Harambe 🦅


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$50 million in federal money to enable Philly combat gun violence

Philadelphia is established to obtain $50 million in federal money to enhance the city’s forensic technological innovation and enable clear up crimes a lot more immediately.

  • Allotted from condition COVID aid funding, the dollars will be split in between the PPD ($25M), the DA’s Workplace ($20M), and SEPTA ($5M), which will use it to increase the subway AI gun detection procedure.

One objective is raising the “clearance rate” — the percent of crimes that are solved. For homicides in Philly, it is up to 47{dd3cf16dc48cbccde1cb5083e00e749fe70e501950bc2e0dea1feff25a82382f} from 42{dd3cf16dc48cbccde1cb5083e00e749fe70e501950bc2e0dea1feff25a82382f} previous yr, for each Axios, which however lags the national common of 50{dd3cf16dc48cbccde1cb5083e00e749fe70e501950bc2e0dea1feff25a82382f}.

Community members attend a memorial for Tiffany Fletcher, the 41-year-old rec center employee killed at work by crossfire
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A 40-day hen problem — but this time, it is art

Right after drawing 39 chickens in 39 times, artist Bob Dix is inviting men and women to the finale: a are living hen portray at Ray’s Satisfied Birthday Bar this Saturday.

  • Dix was inspired by Alexander Tominsky, the bartender whose rotisserie having stunt at an abandoned pier went viral. Dix began his personal 40-day chicken odyssey just as that just one ended.

Why? “Philadelphia will make a social gathering out of anything at all — out of any weirdness,” Dix informed Asha Prihar. His occasion flier carries the vibe, exhorting: “Do Show up at.”

Artist Bob Dix has been posting his chicken renditions on Instagram
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RECAP: What else occurred?

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  • Who has the Pa. Residence bulk? Both parties are saying it, just after the election finished with 102 D to 101 R — with three vacancies on the Dem aspect. A battle over recounts and distinctive elections is taking part in out in the courts. [NYT$/Spotlight PA]
  • Philadelphia colleges will involve masks for two months post-winter break as a “proactive measure” towards the unfold of flu, RSV, and COVID. Free COVID tests is available for pupils, and any individual can now order more no cost at-dwelling fast assessments from the federal governing administration. [WHYY/Phila SD/US Gov]
  • Pa.’s first driverless shuttle is in tests at the Navy Yard, exactly where planners hope autonomous autos will strengthen access by connecting the Wide Street Line with the South Philly campus. [KYW]
  • Endeavours to renovate and preserve the John Coltrane House in Strawberry Mansion have been in the works for more than 20 years — and its long run is however in question. [Philly Mag$/BP 2020]
  • Parks & Rec hosts a winter season competition in McPherson Square Park on Saturday. It is part of a wave of programming and financial commitment in Kensington’s parks aimed at earning the general public spaces cleaner, safer, and extra accessible to people. [Free Library/WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
  • Publish-in votes in Philly are normally a excursion. November’s list incorporates Jalen Hurts, the chickenman, the late Milton Avenue, and (however, by some means) Harambe. [Brian Hickey]

MAYOR Observe

Intercontinental coverage big Chubb will consolidate and develop its Philadelphia presence in a gleaming new office environment tower to rise at 20th and Arch, Mayor Kenney and Gov. Wolf announce nowadays at the web-site, which is now a floor parking whole lot (11:15 a.m.).


🫔 Contacting all tamale lovers: Jet Wine Yard on South Road West hosts a pop-up with all forms, as well as mezcal-spiked sizzling chocolate. A part of proceeds benefit Puentes de Salud. (2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17)

🍺 Brewery ARS celebrates 6 many years at its tasting home on West Passyunk, with specific launch beers, reside tunes, and food by Mike’s BBQ. (12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17)

🧷 Find clothing, information, crafts, artwork, and “old punk junk” at the holiday version of the Punk Rock Flea Market at the 23rd Street Armory. $10 tix are superior for entry each days. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18)