Another Philly lawmaker on trial; New Sculpture at Ben Franklin Bridge; Late start time for secondary schools | Morning overview


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The second federal bribery trial of a Philadelphia City Council member in months begins today, following the conviction of Bobby Henon last fall.

  • Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and his wifeconsultant Dawn Chavous, faces two counts of wire fraud related to alleged real estate development deals in South Philadelphia.

Both have maintained their innocence from the start, reports Jordan Levy, but face up to 40 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines.

A new piece of public art is being installed on the Delaware River waterfront between Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier.

  • Called “Weaver’s Knot: Leaf Folding”, the piece features two giant loops of steel balls suspended from masts that match the bridge. It’s like one of those perpetual motion desk toys crossed with a Mobius strip.

It won’t be officially finished until April, reports Streets Dept, but it’s already a very striking presence.

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Mayor Kenney joins PHS at FDR Park to announce details for the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show, which will again be held outdoors this year (10 a.m.). He then joins Council President Clarke and other City Hall officials to share details about summer programming and available employment opportunities for Philadelphia youth and young adults (12:30 p.m.).

🌮 Billy Penn Event: Join us for news and stories about the history of the city you love! Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, win a $50 gift card if you get the highest score. Don’t miss the bonus part on the music. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

🦐 Cray Taste Old City, the sister outpost of the North Philly soul food restaurant, is hosting a live comedy night, with BYOB welcome. (7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

📰 Billy Penn Partner Event: Associate Editor Beatrice Forman helps moderate “Shift the Narrative: A Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting,” presented by PCGVR, PABJ, Young Chances Foundation, and Philly Truce. (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1)


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