Newsletter for Tuesday, May 27 sponsored by the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Today’s sunrise backlights one of Philly’s iconic spots. Photo via @frank_saviero on Instagram.
WOULD THE INQUIRER AND DAILY NEWS REALLY STRIKE?
Journalists who work for Philadelphia’s two daily newspapers might actually go on strike. Now, extensions have been granted and talks still continue, but the sides are far enough apart that strike posters have circulated through the newsrooms at 801 Market St, and a Change.org petition is gathering signatures now. So a massive contingent of Philadelphia’s journalists could walk off the job, which would literally stop the presses and cease paid daily newspaper production in the city. Here’s what might happen.
WHAT’S BEHIND THE CANCER PROBLEM IN LOWER NORTH PHILLY
Philadelphia has a higher cancer incidence rate than any of the other 10 biggest cities in America and the second-highest cancer rate in Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia in 2012, the latest year for which the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has data, cancer killed 3,248 Philadelphians. Over the last three years, Lower North Philly has ranked the highest each time, with a rate about 25 percent higher than the city’s overall mortality rate. Here are the reasons why, and what’s being done about it.
TO DO: RECORD RELEASE PARTY FOR A PHILLY ARTIST
WHAT: Cynthia G. Mason’s ‘Gray Reverend’
WHERE: The World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
WHEN: Doors open at 7 PM, show at 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $10
BILLY PENN LIKES
WELCOME AMERICA: 10 TUNES TO PREPARE FOR THE ANNUAL FEST
City officials have announced this year’s July 4 weekend Welcome America Festival lineup, which features The Roots as headliners, along with special guests Miguel and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. Oh, and there’ll be a parade, a “Party on the Parkway,” and an appearance from Miss America. So Billy Penn has prepared a Spotify playlist with 10 songs you can listen to while gearing up for the show.
FEAR & LOATHING AT THE DEVON HORSE SHOW
The Devon Horse Show, for the uninitiated, is where money and manure mingle on the Main Line. In 1896, it started as one day of equestrian competition — aka horses jumping over stuff. Perhaps back then, before the advent of the car, the Main Liners untethered their family horses from buggies and then brought them right onto the equestrian course. They can’t do that anymore, of course. But there’s still enough oddity inherent in the event that we had to check it out.