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Pumpkin patches near Philly 🎃

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How to Philly: Registering to vote, no election headache needed

Just over a million Philadelphians are registered to vote as of the start of this month: approximately 1,060,00 people, per state records.

  • That number seems big — it’s about 85% of eligible residents — but it’s actually fewer than were registered at this time in 2020, when the city hit a record high as a big presidential contest loomed.

Know someone who needs to register? Moved to a new address? Want to change party affiliation? Jordan Levy runs down everything you need to know.

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How a car got stuck upside-down in a Fishtown construction site

A physics-defying crash that didn’t appear to cause major injury left a car end-up in a Fishtown building foundation.

  • Leaning against a square of below-ground masonry in new construction, the car looked like a downed spacecraft. It garnered lots of speculation on how it might’ve gotten there.

According to a video posted online, a car rushing south on Frankford spun out after being hit by another easing out from Oxford Street — where there’s no stop sign or crosswalk to speak of.

Car, meet foundation (near Frankford Avenue and Oxford Street in Fishtown)

Car, meet foundation (near Frankford Avenue and Oxford Street in Fishtown)

Courtesy Natty Strange

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Nearly a half-century after experiments ceased, the City of Philadelphia formally apologized for the Penn-led experiments on mostly Black inmates in the Holmesburg prison. [Phila Gov/ 34th Street]
  • Pennsylvania’s mail voting law is unclear on the actions counties can take regarding improperly submitted mail ballots, which will likely lead to a bunch of litigation. [Spotlight PA]
  • Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman’s sole Senate debate comes a week before the November election — and well after mail voting starts in Pennsylvania. Will that matter? [Inquirer$]
  • Public health nonprofit Prevention Point says it has collected more used syringes than distributed clean ones in the last year- that’s a first in three decades of operations, suggesting an increase in drug use. [WHYY]
  • Charles Fuller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “A Soldier’s Story” and Philly native, died on Monday at age 83. [NYT$]
  • “Volumes” is a month-long installation at the Icebox, a Kensington art gallery, where a series of guest drummers will perform to control a light show. [WHYY]
  • If your autumnal soul has recently yearned to be in a pumpkin patch, here are a few nearby options to consider. [Axios]


Nothing on today’s public schedule for Mayor JFK.


📯 Front Street hosts the first Fishtown Music and Arts Festival, aka a “block party for music people” with performances from Snacktime and plenty of DJs — plus so many Kismet bagels. Tix are $20. (12 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8)

🐕 Kensington’s Palmer Doggie Depot hosts Howl-o-ween, a free puppy costume party with pumpkin picking and giveaways from Riverwards Produce and Stateside Vodka. (2 to 5 p.m Saturday, Oct. 8)

🔘 Want to make your own button pins? RSVP for a free workshop at North Broad gallery Space 1026 — bring magazines, comic books, or printed out images to transform. (1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8)

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