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Thrift-flippers create one-of-a-kind Eages merch 🦅

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Why SEPTA’s most controversial project is moving ahead

Last month, SEPTA invested $390 million in the King of Prussia Rail extension. It’s the first big leap for the agency’s most expensive project to date.

  • Many transit advocates are critical of the $2 billion plan, which will build a spur off the Norristown High Speed Line capable of bringing thousands daily to the largest job center in the Philadelphia suburbs.

The project is championed almost exclusively by political and business leaders. How did KOP Rail create such a bizarre dynamic? Alex Davis explains.

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Small biz owners turn Eagles gear into one-of-kind fashion

Head to an Eagles tailgate — like the one before yesterday’s romp over the Steelers that brought the Birds to 7-0 — and you might notice a clothing shift.

  • Uniquely crafted wear has started to outpace the standard NFL jersey, especially for the many women in attendance, from elastic-hemmed sweatshirts to jackets emblazoned with kelly green patches.

BP contributor Hannah Lonser takes us inside the flourishing aftermarket scene, where thrift-flippers are turning football into fashion.

Some of the offerings from (L to R) Snipteez, DevineSportsWear, and 215 Upcycled

Some of the offerings from (L to R) Snipteez, DevineSportsWear, and 215 Upcycled

Instagram — @snipteez, @devinesportswear, @215upcycled

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. Read the guide in Spanish here.

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  • Phillies announcer Scott Franzke — whose “Bedlam at the Bank” NLCS call will go down in history — talks about his Texas roots, the best Citizens Bank Park grub, and that time Eagles fans flipped him the bird.


Mayor Kenney joins PPD Commissioner Outlaw at Temple’s McGonigle Hall for a ceremony recognizing recent promotions in the Philadelphia Police Department (10 a.m.).


🥘 The Free Library hosts cookbook author Kardea Brown in conversation with Philly chef Valerie Erwin, formerly of Geechee Girl Cafe, about Gullah and Geechee heritage and food. (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1)

🛋️ “Phriends” mashes up the hit ’90s sitcom with an interactive murder mystery at the Curtis Center. Tickets are $35. (Friday, Saturday, and Sundays through Dec. 18)

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