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SEPTA has been double-charging Regional Rail riders’ Key cards
In the latest snafu to hit the trouble-plagued Key card system, many SEPTA Regional Rail users have been getting charged double for trips into Center City.
- At least 1,600 riders were charged extra, according to the transit authority, which claims the issue only started two weeks ago and that after Billy Penn asked about it, the “bug” was fixed.
Several riders, however, told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch they noticed this happening as far back as April — and they’ve had trouble getting refunds.
Corn dog donuts now exist, thanks to Okie Dokie in South Philly
From the outside, Okie Dokie Donuts’ latest offering looks like something standard, even plain — but crack it open to discover a novelty.
- Corn dog donuts are on the menu at the South Philadelphia bakeshop as a one-day special this Friday. The mashup of two American street food favorites is chef-owner Carol Ha’s gift to herself.
“It’s my birthday,” the well-traveled pastry chef announced. “So to celebrate I combined my two favorite things: hotdogs and donuts!”
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Today’s the deadline for the Pennsylvania budget, but it probably won’t get done in time. Gov. Wolf and lawmakers are at odds over issues like education spending and property tax relief. [City & State]
- Harrisburg did pass Republicans-backed legislation likely to be vetoed by Wolf, including a ban on transgender athletes in school sports and Sen. Mastriano’s bill to increase poll watchers — earning him a Trump plaudit. [City & State/WITF/@katieemeyer4]
- A bill passed by City Council last week would charge developers hundreds of dollars for every inch of tree they remove and don’t replace. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
- The community fridge outside the Bok Building was stolen on Tuesday night. Volunteers say they won’t press charges — they just want it back. [Fox29/@SouthPHLFridge]
- A Philly designer turned her Welcome America fashion show into a reproductive rights protest, with models holding posters decrying the overturn of Roe v. Wade. [Philly Mag$]
- Teacher and children’s book author Brianna Johns is the new education director at Mighty Writers, the nonprofit that helps thousands of kids and teens express themselves through written word. [Tribune$]
- Indulge in this ode to Tallarico’s Hot Hoagie Spread — a condiment that can turn anything into a Philadelphia-flavored delicacy. [Philebrity]
Mayor Kenney keeps up his busy June schedule, with a morning stop to mark the grand opening of a Fulton Bank branch at Broad and Washington (10 a.m.); and afternoon speech to close the four-week workforce development Masonry Academy at Eastern State (2 p.m.); and an evening visit to the Heinz Wildlife Refuge that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the nation’s first urban refuge (5:30 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month: Our next trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands outdoors at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)
? Partner event tonight: The Rounds First Birthday Bash! All are invited to Cherry Street Pier to celebrate one year of Philly’s first zero-waste delivery service of everyday essentials. Enjoy live music, giveaways, and signature cocktails — Rounds members get a free drink ticket. Free with RSVP here. (7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 30)
? Riverwards Produce in Old City hosts a Carolina-style BBQ block party with Smith Poultry. Expect a whole hog and sides to go along. (4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1)
? The touring, girls-only reggaetón party “Sorry Papí” heads to the Fillmore this weekend, so you can expect lots of Bad Bunny, frothy pink cocktails, and a stacked lineup of women DJs. Tickets run from $25 to $35, but the event is 21+. (9 p.m. Friday, July 1)