Of corruption and belly fat

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Showers are expected to continue today, with temperatures in the 50s, a near carbon copy of yesterday. That said, how are your hands and knees holding up?

The charge rested on the corruption trial of city council member Kenyatta Johnson. Today we take a look at what his defense has in store for him, after a failed motion for acquittal.

Plus, our resident wellness expert, Ashley Blake Greenblatt, tells you how to tackle stubborn belly fat loss.

Made: Did you know that parking in Philadelphia is almost entirely virtual, as the PPA’s MeterUp app handles approximately 70% of all transactions? Over a million drivers have signed up.

Let’s go to Thursday. 👇🏾

—Kerith Gabriel (@sprtswtr[email protected])

The prosecution closed its case on Wednesday in the corruption trial of Council Member Kenyatta Johnson, and the jury will begin hearing from defense witnesses.

But first : Lawyers for Johnson and his wife, Dawn Chavous, filed a motion for acquittal, arguing that the government had not fully proven its claims that Johnson acted on behalf of Universal Companies in exchange for $67,000 in contracts consultation for Chavous. Defense attorneys reiterated points made throughout the trial that Johnson’s actions were consistent with the wishes of Universal and its constituents.

Ultimately: U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh denied the motion. He said the government had proven enough to take the case to the jury.

What happens next: With the decision, the defense now speaks. Lawyers for Johnson, Chavous and former Universal executives are expected to present a series of witnesses in the coming days, and their testimony is expected to take the trial into its fourth week.

Our reporters Oona Goodin-Smith, Max Marin and Jeremy Roebuck deliver more of what happened at the close of the prosecution – and a look at what’s next.

The other day, our newsletter strategist Ashley Hoffman revealed that the articles from our pair of wellness experts have been well received by you, our readers. So I would be doing you a disservice by not putting this latest wellness tip and tutorial from our another ashleypersonal trainer Ashley Blake Greenblatt, front and center.

Just in time for the warmer weather, she offers a series of exercises to help you start shedding stubborn belly fat. Although it warns that we can’t reduce spotting, this routine will help reduce overall body fat and get you on the right track. She also explains how nutrition plays a role.

If you try one of his latest, may I suggest the side plank dip as shown in the image above. 👆🏽

💪 Rotate to your right side, resting your weight on your forearms and feet.

💪 Raise your left arm in the air and hold it there as you dip your hips toward the floor and push through your core muscles to return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times, then practice on the opposite side.

Ashley has other exercises to consider for a complete approach to your fitness.

In 1982, the Painted Bride Art Center purchased its location in Old Town for $325,000, records show. This week the center was sold to a developer looking to create a mixed residential structure in its place. The question of the day: do you know how much the site has sold? Make a guess and find the answer here.

a. $2.85 million

b. $3.85 million

vs. $4.85 million

D. $5.25 million

It’s the Philadelphia front office manager who never ceases to amaze us.

WAR IS NOT AT HOME

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