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New “Hustle” trailer showcases Philadelphia 📽️

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Violence prevention = $500 per person in proposed city budget

Mayor Kenney’s $5.6 billion proposed city budget for next year comes out to nearly $3,500 per resident.

  • Violence prevention makes up a big part of the spend, as Philadelphia battles record homicides and shootings on the rise. Police spending comes in around $485 per person.

But a lot of the anti-violence spending now falls under the Managing Director’s Office, Jordan Levy reports. Here’s how it all breaks down.

A guide to Philly’s beer gardens for 2022

Warm weather is finally arriving — which means it’s finally beer garden season in Philadelphia.

  • A mix of pop-ups and more permanent situations are in this year’s offerings: sip pints at a former penitentiary, crack open cans among the flowers, or order cocktails in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Planning post-work or mid-weekend drinks? Jordan Levy rounded up 14 outdoor options in a guide we’ll keep updated all season long.

Procrastinator’s Guide to the primary election in Philly

Whether you’re filling out your mail ballot or prepping for the polls on May 17, the Billy Penn Procrastinator’s Guide is your cheat sheet for Election Day. (Stay tuned for our Spanish language version this weekend.)

Also, the city is looking for Election Day interpreters — especially Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese speakers; more info here.

Need to return your mail ballot? Here’s a map of drop boxes around Philly.

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Sen. Bob Casey appeared to shift his stance on abortion Tuesday, with the famously “pro-life” Democrat from Pa. saying he will now support a federal law to preserve abortion rights. [Billy Penn]
  • A fast-moving SUV crashed into Allegheny Station early Tuesday morning. The driver and two pedestrians were killed. “It sounded like a bomb went off and everyone started running away,” said one witness. [6ABC]
  • Columnist Charles Ellison has resigned from the nonprofit A Greater Philadelphia after it sent out graphic attack ads against state Rep. Elizabeth Fielder and other progressive candidates. [@ellisonreport/@magghart]
  • Jason Derulo is headlining Wawa’s Welcome America Fourth of July concert alongside Ava Max — and, yes, we read his name in song form, too. [6ABC]
  • Principal Marla Travis at West Philadelphia High School has hired four former students to teach dance, culinary arts, and physical education classes. [Chalkbeat]
  • A new trailer for the Philly-set, Sixers-starring, Adam Sandler movie “Hustle” dropped yesterday. Here’s all the local places we spotted in the first one. [@AdamSandler/Billy Penn]

Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at the Community College of Philadelphia. 

  • Moms who lost children to gun violence rallied at City Hall last week to plead with community members and politicians to do more to stop the shootings. [WHYY]
  • The city’s Targeted Community Investment Grant application is now open, with $1,500 to $50,000 available for organizations doing anti-violence or intervention work. [Google Forms/]
  • Could a program in New Jersey’s largest city help reduce violence here? The Newark City Street Team is getting a lot of the credit for a reduction in homicides, and some wonder if it could work in Philadelphia [6ABC]
  • Penn Medicine trauma surgeon Elinore Kaufman on how gun violence puts a strain on ER resources: “All of a sudden, you went from needing one nurse for a few patients to maybe three nurses to help take care of that one patient.” [@ElinoreJKaufman/CNN]

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 33: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 39 the week prior [PPD Google Drive]
  • 737: Shooting victims this year, down 1% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 169: Year-to-date homicides, down 10% from last year [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH: May. 11, 2022

No public appearances in Philadelphia for Mayor Kenney today, because he’ll be in Washington DC, according to his office, “for meetings at the White House and with members of Congress.”

In his place, Managing Director Tumar Alexander joins the biweekly briefing on the city’s gun violence response (1 p.m.). You can listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch on Facebook.


🏆 Outdoor BP Quizzo night: Our monthly trivia event about all things Philly lands at the home of Fishtown Iced Teas. Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are kicking it at the new patio at Interstate Drafthouse, so start assembling a team. Registration is free. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).

🐅 It’s Living History weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, and this year’s theme celebrates old-timey artisans with a slate of family-friendly crafts. Admission is $21 for adults, $13 for kids. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15).

🥟 Calling all pierogi fans: St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in West Poplar hosts a spring edition of its annual Polish dumpling fest, with live music and outdoor seating. (12 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14)

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