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Should school district grads get preference for city gov jobs?

Right now, the civil service exam to work in Philadelphia government gives preference to veterans and children of officers who died in the line of duty.

  • Graduates of the Career and Technical Education program in the Philly school district would also get an automatic point bonus, albeit a smaller one, if voters greenlight a question on the November ballot.

The proposal is intended to help with the city’s severe understaffing issues, but not everyone is in favor, Jordan Levy reports.

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Fans love Phillies’ playoff anthem, but want Robyn to get credit

“Dancing on My Own” is everywhere in Philly right now, after the Phillies adopted the banger as their celebration anthem.

  • But it’s not the original version. Playing in the locker room after wins is a Tiësto remix of a Calum Scott cover — and lack of credit to Swedish singer Robyn, who released it in 2012,  has some fans crying foul.

The song is about watching your ex dance with someone else, BP deputy editor Beatrice Forman explains, and it has developed a serious cult following.

The Phillies have embraced a cover version of Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own' with little-to-no recognition of the original

The Phillies have embraced a cover version of Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own' with little-to-no recognition of the original

Phillies: Mat Slocum / AP Photo; Robyn: Benoît Derrier / Wikimedia Commons

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  • Jollibee’s first Philadelphia location has brought mango pies and takeout spaghetti to a new crowd, but for the city’s Filipino population, the fast food chain stems longing for home — and adds a sense of community.


The Diwali Festival of Lights begins Monday, and Mayor Kenney attends a kickoff event in City Hall cohosted by Philadelphia’s Council of Indian Organizations (4:15 p.m.).


🎃 Hershey beer brand Troegs — maker of holiday favorite Mad Elf — is taking over the Kite & Key bar in Callowhill for a boozy pumpkin carving contest. Entry is $10, and they include a commemorative pint. (2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22)

👟 A new exhibition at ~ classy ~ sneaker store Lapstone & Hammer will showcase streetwear-inspired home decor from the brand Paradise Gray as part of Design Philly Week. (6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21)

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