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Doug Mastriano’s Confederacy ties go beyond that one photo

The Republican candidate for governor of Pa. is facing backlash for wearing a Confederate uniform in an old faculty photo at the Army War College.

  • Mastriano has mingled with Confederate sympathizers before, and he tried to make a law to curb the removal of monuments. His social media posts are often flooded with comments on the topic.

The candidate, a former Army colonel who has the Gettysburg Battlefield in his district, seems to be fixated on the Civil War, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports.

Pa. Sen. Doug Mastriano, Republican nominee for governor, speaks at a primary night election gathering in May 2022 Credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

DF Nigeria brings West African cuisine to Roosevelt Blvd.

A new Nigerian food truck came to Philly from New York City, where Godshelter Oluwalogbon — aka Chef Divine — set up shop outside the Nigerian Embassy.

  • On the menu are Nigerian staples, like spicy jollof rice with goat and plantains, and egusi stew. Oluwalogbon even visits his suppliers in West Africa, where he directs them on how to grow the raw ingredients.

BP contributor Walden Green spoke with Oluwalogbon about the family-run truck — and his journey from security guard to Zabar’s chef to entrepreneur.

Jollof rice with goat, spinach, and plantain Credit: Walden Green for Billy Penn

RECAP: What else happened?

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The North American Festival of Wales is back in Philly for the first time since 1976 this week, and Mayor Kenney presents a proclamation at City Hall to official welcome celebrants (11 a.m.).


? Banksyland, a touring art exhibit featuring 80 pieces by world famous street artist Banksy, is landing in Philadelphia. Tickets are $29, or $60 for the VIP experience with a poster. (Friday to Monday, Sept. 2-5)

? Philly is getting a new winery with Kensington’s Gritty City, which is celebrating their grand opening this weekend with tours and the launch of a retail line. (Friday to Saturday, Sept. 2-3)

? Say farewell to summer and hello to Oktoberfest season at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein’s 150th annual Labor Day weekend festival, with music, games, food, and lots to drink. (Saturday to Monday, Sept. 3-5)