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Martin’s potato roll family backs Mastriano, Philly restos react

Some Philadelphia restaurants are dropping Martin’s potato rolls after discovering the family is a major backer of gov candidate Doug Mastriano.

  • Patriarch Jim Martin gave $110k to the state senator, who rose to prominence as a Trump-supporting election denier and has been subpoenaed by Congress for his role on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mastriano is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination, and Martin’s is his largest single donation by far, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.

Sixers exit playoffs in lackluster last gasp vs. Miami Heat

The Sixers couldn’t muster enough energy in the last game of their season, losing to Miami for yet another second-round playoff exit.

The 7-foot center had his best year, but Philly couldn’t prevail. How much is on coach Doc Rivers? “I think I do a terrific job,” he told the media after the loss.

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.)

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

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled 

  • Pa. Senate President Jake Corman ended his race for governor and endorsed Lou Barletta in the primary, as the Republican establishment worries about Mastriano’s electability in November. [NBC10/AP]
  • Where did Pennsylvania’s top candidates for U.S. Senate get money for their campaigns? Some are heavily self-funded (McCormick, Oz), some rely on PACs (Lamb, Barnette), while others tapped small-dollar donors (Fetterman, Kenyatta). [WHYY]
  • As city budget hearings focused on Philadelphia’s prison system this week, dozens rallied outside City Hall to protest conditions inside the city’s jails, which have a mortality rate 77% higher than the national average. [KYW]
  • Visit Philly has named Angela Val its new president and CEO. Val, who already spent 17 years at the tourism org, is the first Black woman to hold the position. [Visit Philly/Tribune$]
  • Back in 1981, Stephen Dansiger took what he thought would be a one-year leave from Penn. Thirty-nine years later, after working as a drummer, author, and therapist, he will finally graduate. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
  • All hail the designated hitter coming to the National League: Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has an elbow injury that’ll keep him from throwing for a month, but he’ll still serve as DH during that time. [@byalexcoffey/NBC Sports Philly]


The Dad Vail Regatta is back in full force this year, with the nation’s largest collegiate rowing event racing down the Schuylkill on Friday and Saturday. Mayor Kenney helps kick things off with morning remarks on Kelly Drive (9 a.m.).


May 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).

?‍♀️ Punch Line Philly’s Big Wig Drag Brunch is taking on Britney Spears this weekend, so expect lots of throwback lip syncs, schoolgirl costumes, and choreography. General admission tickets are $40. (12 p.m. Saturday, May 14)

? A vegan, gluten-free, and allergen sensitive food festival is taking over Society Hill’s Old Pine community center, which includes a stacked lineup of arepas, chocolates, and vegan jerky. Admission is free. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15)

?️ The Center for Emerging Visual Artists hosts its annual fundraiser and “Art in the Open” preview at the pavilion outside the Fairmount Water Works. Tickets start at $150. (6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 16)