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Pa. gov candidate to testify in front of Jan. 6 committee

Gubernatorial hopeful Doug Mastriano, whose biggest donors are the Martin’s Potato Rolls family, is expected to virtually testify today in front of Congress.

  • Mastriano was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but Republicans have pushed back on reports he was Trump’s “point person” in Pennsylvania’s effort to present an “alternate” slate of fake 2020 electors.

Little clarification is expected in testimony, Politico reports, because Mastriano’s lawyers say they have concerns over “deceptive editing” of any video recorded.

Remembering the Stars, Philly’s Negro League baseball team

Before the MLB desegregated, there will the Philadelphia Stars: the city’s all-Black baseball team that won the 1934 Negro National League championship.

  • Founded in the 1930s as a side gig by U.S. Postal Service worker Ed Bolden, the Stars were an incubator for talent, and stayed active until the Negro Leagues dissolved in the 1950s.

The team’s legacy is honored with a mural where their West Philly stadium stood, and a special suite at the ballpark, writes contributor Rashaad Jorden.

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Nothing on the public schedule today for Mayor Jim F. Kenney. In an Inquirer opinion essay, former mayor and Pa. governor Ed Rendell offered one key piece of advice for Kenney’s successor: Don’t shirk from doing what’s right because you’re worried about being reelected. Rendell pointed to his decision to allow a controversial needle exchange; decades later, Prevention Point Philadelphia is still in operation.


? BP Quizzo lands at the South Philly sports complex in Live’s Sports & Social bar, where cohosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

? Get a sneak peak of Germantown’s new community-powered indoor market ArtHaus at their ice cream social, where they’re handing out free scoops of Milk Jawn flavors. (6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9)

? Start with an evening picnic at the Woodlands, then follow the experts for a Bat Night walk through a historic cemetery in Fairmount Park. Tickets are pay what you wish. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11)