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Ranking nostalgic Phillies gear 👕

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Pa. candidates for Senate face off in lone TV debate

Moderators at last night’s debate between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz asked about dozens of issues, from minimum wage to fracking to abortion to immigration.

  • With 60 seconds or less to answer, both candidates favored attacking their opponent instead of going deep on policy vision. Were the claims true? WHYY and WITF fact-checked all the answers.

Some people didn’t get to watch at all — a lapsed retransmission agreement between Verizon and Nexstar means it was blocked on live TV for FIOS users. Here’s an audio stream if you want to listen.

John Fetterman (left) and Mehmet Oz

John Fetterman (left) and Mehmet Oz

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Ranking Mitchell & Ness Phillies gear, because World Series

It’s been 13 years since the last time the Phils went to the World Championships, so it’s understandable if your MLB apparel needs an update.

  • Modern Phillies merch is selling out across the region, and at Walnut Street’s Mitchell & Ness flagship, they’re already having a hard time maintaining inventory of their nostalgic goods.

Beatrice Forman visited the store to rate what’s left of the throwback Phillies apparel, from $400 athletic shorts to Mike Schmidt tributes.

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Procrastinator’s Guide to the November election in Philly

The midterm elections are upon us, and the Billy Penn Procrastinator’s Guide is here to help. Scroll through this cheat sheet to all the candidates and charter change questions, then bookmark it for easy access when you complete your mail ballot or head to the polls on Nov. 8.

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  • After Temple students petitioned to make Election Day a university-wide holiday, and garnered nearly 5,000 signatures, the university will ultimately not cancel classes on Nov. 8 — but will form a working group to explore future options.
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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 35: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 59 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,970: Shooting victims this year, 2% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 438: Year-to-date homicides, 3% down from last year’s pace but up 70% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH: Oct. 26, 2022

Busy day of engagements for Mayor Kenney. He starts with a speech at the graduation ceremony for the latest class of paramedics joining the Philly Fire Department (10 a.m.), then heads to the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a PHLCVB luncheon honoring local athletes and sports organizations (12 p.m.). Afternoon sees him at the Linc for the African-American Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and award ceremony (3:30 p.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

🔮 Head to indoor mini golf emporium Libertee Grounds for a special screening of “Hocus Pocus 2” in the beer garden. Food and drinks are PAYG, and it’s an all ages affair. (7 p.m. Wednesday, 10/26)

🧟 Callowhill’s Trestle Inn is getting into the holiday with the “Trestle Chainsaw Massacre Halloween Dance Party,” which is exactly what it sounds like. There’ll be a DJ, plus go-go dancers and drink specials. Tix are $15. (10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29).

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