Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s a little wet out there, but Instagram (and Photoshop) makes it all better. Photo via Instagram user @staceyelle.
DARRELL CLARKE DOESN’T WANT TO BE MAYOR
City Council President Darrell Clarke is running… for Council again, and not for mayor. Recall, Clarke held a fundraiser during the PA Society event in December, just the latest in the rampant speculation that he had ambitions for mayor. Since then, silence — and then Monday’s bombshell. The move means Lynne Abraham (she of the 18th-century idiom) is now the front-runner for mayor (at least according to her own poll). Or it could be Anthony Williams! Other candidates (paging Alan Butkovitz!) can still jump in; the deadline’s March 10. But yeah, this changes things.
PENN FRAT SUSPENDED OVER ‘BLACK SEX DOLL’ HOLIDAY PHOTO
Phi Theta Delta is on hold at the University of Pennsylvania. The fraternity has been suspended, per the Daily Pennsylvanian, after its holiday photo went viral — because of what brothers said was a Beyonce blow-up doll in the frame. The frat members need to attend cultural sensitivity as well as sexual relationship misconduct education programs.
TEACHERS WISHLIST FOR TOM WOLF: FROM IPADS TO PAPER
New Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf takes office next week. He’s said he wants to abolish the state-run School Reform Commission that oversees Philadelphia public schools, and wants a fair-funding formula that would increase state aid. What will the future hold? What will Wolf do? Billy Penn talked to several area teachers and gathered a wish list for the new governor’s consideration.
TO DO: HEAR THE ‘ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER’ AUTHOR SPEAK
WHAT: Seth Graeme-Smith talks his new book, “The Last American Vampire”
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central branch, 19th & Vine
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
VOTE FOR THE BEST PHILLY THING – WE CLOSE IT DOWN TODAY
We are down to the wire, people. This one’s for all the marbles. Time is running out. We could use some more metaphors but you get the picture — we’ve gone from 32 Philly things (Rocky! Cheesesteaks! Water ice! The Mummers!) down to two. What remains? The Reading Terminal Market is up against Ben Franklin, and only a few votes separate them. Have your say and swing this thing — help us crown the Ultimate Philly Thing.
SEPTA’S THINKING ABOUT GLASS DOORS FOR TRAINS
A South Korean company wants to make Philly’s rail transit safer with new glass doors that swing open and close when a Market-Frankford or Broad Street line train arrives. The cost? TIS, Inc. says they’ll give them to SEPTA for free — and make the money back on digital advertising. So far, Metro says the transit agency is on the fence. Three people died on the city’s subways last year; two were suicides.