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In retrial, Philly councilmember acquitted of bribery charges

A federal jury yesterday acquitted Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and his wife Dawn Chavous, clearing them of bribery charges brought 3 years ago.

  • Little new evidence was presented at the retrial. The case revolved around a consulting contract from Universal, which the government alleged was given to Chavous in return for political favors.

Philly’s rep as a hotbed of corruption is exaggerated — it’s not in the top 5 cities — and Johnson’s constituents maintained support for their councilmember.

Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson leaving the federal courthouse in April after a jury could not come to a unanimous verdict, spurring a retrial Credit: Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

No, Philadelphia restaurants didn’t purposely diss the Astros

Angelo’s Pizzeria and Mike’s BBQ went viral earlier this week for refusing to fill a catering order from the Houston Astros, but that’s not the full story.

  • A sports rivalry gone too far? Fans on both sides were disappointed by news articles claiming that, but both restaurants say catering orders were turned down because they landed outside operating hours.

“People don’t actually read articles, they just read the headline,” the chef-owner of Mike’s BBQ explained to Asha Prihar.

Food at Mike’s BBQ in South Philly Credit: Instagram / @omaalex

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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The story you didn’t read

Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on ?

  • BP contributor Denali Sagner spoke with Adrianna Jones-Alston, the daughter of Holmesburg prison experiments survivor Leodus Jones, about what the city’s recent apology means for her father and the legacy of his activism.


Selling Thanksgiving pies is the big annual fundraiser for 30-year “food as medicine” nonprofit MANNA. Mayor Kenney pops up at Lincoln Financial Field to help announce the Nov. 22 event and officially declare Pie Day in Philadelphia (1:20 p.m.).


☕ Elixir Coffee launches its “Heart on Your Sleeve” poetry project with a party, and will print poems on to-go coffee sleeves throughout the winter and spring. (7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5)

? Taller Puertorriqueño hosts a BYOB Bad Bunny brunch with eats from La Chingonita and El Merurky and pumpkin coquito for sale. Tickets are $50, with proceeds to Hurricane Fiona relief. [11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6)