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Corn dog donuts at Okie Dokie 🌭🍩

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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!”

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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.).


🍺 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)

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