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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was

• Oz gets Twitter-smacked, Fetterman finally returns

Both candidates in the race for U.S. Senator from Pa. made waves last week. Democrat John Fetterman finally made a public appearance after being sidelined by a stroke right before the primary. Republican Mehmet Oz continued his campaigning with a stop in Philly for cheesesteaks — and ended up with a brutal Twitter smackdown from Pat’s King of Steaks. [NPR/AP/Billy Penn]

• Residents say city still mixes recycling with trash

Does Philadelphia still dump recycling into the same trucks as trash? In an informal survey of hundreds of residents, about 80% said they saw it this spring, and several say it’s still happening. “I don’t mean to shame any sanitation employees,” one reader emailed, but “just this week they were mixed and my camera caught it on video.” [Billy Penn]

• Rumors fly about new Sixers arena

As newer and younger Sixers practiced their moves and tried to impress in NBA Summer League this month, questions about where future seasons will play out were stoked by an anonymous push poll. Sent out by a firm that usually does political polling, it offered three potential locations for a new 76ers arena: Center City, the Philadelphia Navy Yard, or Camden, N.J. [PhillyVoice/Billy Penn]

• South Philly Tony Luke’s changes name

This is Philadelphia, so when one of the city’s OG cheesesteak shops undergoes a rebranding, you bet it’s news. The Oregon Avenue stand formerly known as The Original Tony Luke’s is now called “Tony’s and Nick’s Steaks.” The family feud backstory is complicated, but the shop owners — who recently pleaded guilty to tax fraud — were differentiating their outpost from the unaffiliated Tony Luke’s franchise. [PhillyVoice/Philly Mag$/WHYY]

Center City skyline, looking east from the Schuylkill Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead

• City concerned about monkeypox vaccine

Philadelphia has so far recorded 16 confirmed or probable cases of monkeypox. Relative to other nearby places, that’s a lot — the CDC shows Pa. with a total of 32 confirmed, and 20 throughout N.J. — and city health officials are concerned about the slow rollout of the vaccine. Philly has received 225 doses so far from the federal government, so only people who’ve come into close contact with an infected person will be eligible for the shot.  [CDC/WHYY/PDPH]

• How many teens were involved in beating death?

Two teens have now turned themselves in for participating in the beating death of 73-year-old James Lambert in North Philadelphia. They’ve been charged as adults, per state law. More scrutiny of the case is likely — especially after a lawyer pointed out some of the kids tried to stop the attack, a point that was missed by many news outlets when they shared the video released by police. [NBC10/Billy Penn/Inquirer$]

• Watch out for scam about tax delinquencies

If you run a business in Pennsylvania, be forewarned that notices purporting to be from the Pa. Revenue Department may be fake. Officials put out an alert of a widespread scam consisting of letters bearing the government logo and name that tell biz owners they’re under investigation and try to get account info. [PennLive$/Pa. gov]

• Heat wave may hit this week

July weather in Philadelphia has been pretty lovely so far, but that could change this week. Meteorologists are warning of a heat wave — aka three or more consecutive days with temps of 90 or above. What to do? Check on elderly neighbors, hit up a public pool or sprinkler, and find yourself some water ice or ice cream. [NBC10/BP/BP/BP]