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Who’ll contend for Toomey’s Senate seat in November?

Just over a month till the Pa. primary, neither major party has a clear Senate nominee. National Dems aren’t endorsing Fetterman, but notably aren’t working against him this time, Politico reports.

  • Oz Mehmet got the nod from fellow TV celeb Trump on the GOP side, disappointing McCormick supporters and setting up a drop from “kingmaker” status for the former president if he loses, per Axios.

Planning to vote? May 2 is your deadline to register (update your registration if you have a new address), and May 10 is the last day to request a mail ballot.

*Stay tuned for our twice-annual Procrastinator’s Guide for quick info on each candidates’ positions and background.

New and improved trails to explore around Philadelphia

In search of places to walk, run, or bike around Philly? Warm weather is here (no jinx) and the city has several new or renovated trails to explore.

  • Over 5 miles of continuous pedestrian lanes along the Delaware River. Upgrades to dirt pathways that snake through Fairmount Park. A timeline to reopen the crossing on the Manayunk Bridge.

Read more on these plus other projects in Asha Prihar’s overview of fresh developments on the Philly trail scene.

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled 

  • An 18-year-old who last week engaged in a shootout with police, injuring a SEPTA officer and two others, livestreamed some of it on Instagram before being shot and killed after he refused to cease fire, his mother said. [6ABC/Inquirer$]
  • A bill to increase asbestos checks in school district facilities was delayed so it can be amended to also address lead paint. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
  • Demolition is done at the out-of-place strip mall that used to be in the middle of Queen Village, in prep for the forthcoming 42-unit mixed-use building. [Yimby]
  • Look closely at the giant police badge sculpture in the new police HQ and you’ll find the city seal has been reconfigured by artist Donald Lipski, who replaced its mythical figures with suffragist Lucretia Mott and Black poet Frances Harper. [WHYY]
  • Janine Bruno began making gelato after a breast cancer diagnosis. She gained a following for pop-ups and collabs, and just opened a brick-and-mortar shop at 15th and Wharton. [South Philly Review]
  • After Bryce Harper talked up hopes of a “party on Broad Street” for a World Series win, it came out that many Phillies players don’t even know where Broad Street is. [Liberty Line]
  • The Sixers ended their regular season as the No. 4 seed, and will face the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs (for some games without Matisse Thybulle, who can’t travel to Canada because he’s not fully vaxxed). Joel Embiid might not win league MVP, but he did take the NBA scoring title, becoming the first center to do it since Shaq in 2000. [NBC Sports Philly/PhillyVoice]


No public events for Mayor Kenney today. Over the weekend, he hosted an outdoor celebration for five Philadelphia youth athletic teams who brought home championship titles in 2021.


? Learn the history and basic techniques of creating traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs (“Pysanky”) using wax and dye at a workshop hosted by Space 1026 on North Broad. Tickets are $25. (6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, April 12-13)

? The Ritz Five is showing “A-ha: The Movie,” the story of the one-hit wonder band that shot to fame with “Take on Me” in 1985 and is enjoying new popularity on TikTok. Tix are $12. (7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13)