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Another mayoral candidate enters the chat: Jimmy DeLeon

With a formal announcement yesterday, Democrat James “Jimmy” DeLeon entered the crowded race for Philadelphia mayor.

  • DeLeon spent 34 years as a judge on Philadelphia Municipal Court, running twice for higher court and losing. Now he wants to bring a “no-shenanigans-let’s-follow-the-law” style to City Hall.

As a judge, he faced disciplinary issues twice, resulting once in probation. “That’s why I believe in second chances,” he told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch.

James 'Jimmy' DeLeon is running for Philly mayor

James 'Jimmy' DeLeon is running for Philly mayor

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Meet the women of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene

What’s your favorite cheesesteak in Philly? John’s, Jim’s, or Joe’s? Is it Pat’s, Geno’s, or Steve’s? How about Tony Luke’s? Barry’s? Max’s? George’s?

  • Philly is full of steak shops bearing men’s names, but many shops depend on women to keep things running. They handle finances, they do PR, they manage staff — and even make the sandwiches.

Asha Prihar spoke with five women about what it’s like to be in the cheesesteak biz in Philadelphia.

Vickie Bucci of John's Roast Pork

Vickie Bucci of John's Roast Pork

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MAYOR WATCH

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts its annual networking luncheon at the Art Museum this year. Mayor Kenney attends today, per his office, but will deliver remarks via prerecorded video instead of live (11 a.m.).

Join us for a night of BP Quizzo trivia Free RSVP, win prizes, test your local knowledge

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ON THE CALENDAR

🎾🍺 BP Quizzo is back! Join us at Padelphia on the Schuylkill River across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the apparently trendy racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

🎼 For a sonic start to the holiday season, listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra live score “Home Alone,” as the Christmas classic plays in the background. Tickets start at $35. (7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Dec. 25 – 27)

🎁 Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the Made@BOK Market, a semi-regular pop-up offering the best of the maker space’s vendors, from wheel thrown pottery to gourmet brownies. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26)

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