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Shake Shack declines to drop Martin’s, FedNuts works on switch

When does a company’s support of a political candidate make it untenable for other businesses to use its products?

  • Restaurants nationwide are dropping Martin’s potato rolls after hearing the family behind the Chambersburg bakery is a huge backer of Mastriano, the Pa. gov nominee known for election conspiracy theories.

Popular burger chain Shake Shack is sticking with the brand, a spokesperson told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch — but Federal Donuts is looking to switch.

How well do you know Philly? Find out with our online quiz

If Mt. Airy resident Ryan Long’s historic “Jeopardy!” run has you hankering for a trivia challenge, you’re in luck.

  • Our monthly BP Quizzo tests your knowledge of Philly across three rounds that span the city’s past, present and future — all inspired by recent news or events.

When we hosted live at Interstate Drafthouse, the winning team got 21/24 correct. Think you can do better? Take the online version (no Google allowed).

March On: The Fight for Pride

Podcast by Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg
Out now: Ep. 2: “No Timbs allowed”  | Next up: Ep. 3, June 9

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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. 

  • A new hourlong audio documentary provides a first-hand look at surviving a non-fatal shooting and the physical, psychological and emotional damage just one bullet can cause. [Kouvenda]
  • Loved ones held a vigil for 22-year-old Kristopher Minners and 24-year-old Alexis Quinn, innocent bystanders killed on South Street Saturday night. [Fox29/6ABC]
  • City leaders at the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week made a bipartisan plea for more measures to control the flow of guns, like stronger background checks. [NYT$]
  • Outgoing Sen. Toomey has been one of the few Republicans to support efforts to tighten federal gun laws. He says a deal is closer now than after the Sandy Hook shooting. [Inquirer$]
  • Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Outlaw toured the area of South Street where last weekend’s mass shooting occurred. Kenney said police are working on better ways of handling crowds, and mentioned they can’t “stop and frisk” people with concealed weapons. [6ABC/WHYY]

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 51: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 61 the week prior — but this will likely be updated, as Open Data Philly has last week’s count at 78. [PPD Google Drive/@PCGVR]
  • 226: Shooting victims in May, vs. 188 in April and 193 in May 2021. [@PCGVR]
  • 990: Shooting victims this year, up 9% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 220: Year-to-date homicides, down 4% from last year; up 56% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]


Mayor Kenney 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.


Tonight! Cutting through the Budget BS: Join Billy Penn at Parks on Tap for a happy hour chat with Controller Rebecca Rhynhart about how Philly spends taxpayer money — and who gets a say in the process. Free with RSVP. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8)

?️‍? Join Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg, host of “March On,” for happy hour at Cockatoo in the Gayborhood, with a drag performance by VinChelle followed by a discussion of modern Pride. Free with RSVP. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15)

? Starting this weekend, the Philadelphia Flower Show is taking over FDR Park for the second year in row. Expect fanciful flowerscapes, potting classes, and an after-hours glow-in-the-dark dance party. Tickets are $35 if you’re under 30, but $50 for everyone else. (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Saturday, June 11)

? The Rail Park is shutting down Noble Street for its first-ever block party, a free daylong celebration with a pop-up skate park, transit-themed Quizzo, and food deals. (2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11)