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Domb triggers ‘millionaire’s amendment’ for mayoral campaign
Annual campaign contribution limits for the Philadelphia mayor’s race are now doubled, KYW reports, thanks to a move by Allan Domb.
- By contributing over $250k to his own campaign, Domb triggered the “millionaire’s amendment” meant to help level the playing field. He waited till Dec. 30, so competitors couldn’t take advantage in both 2022 and ’23.
The real estate magnate also triggered the amendment in 2015, when he poured nearly a million bucks into his campaign for at-large councilmember (he donated his $130k salary to the School District).
Troupe denies blackface allegations; Mummer doc saves a life
Blackface has been banned from the Mummers Parade for half a century, but defiant marchers have worn it as recently as 2020. Did that happen this year?
- Allegations surfaced around a skit parodying the Will Smith/Chris Rock Oscar slap. Turns out both characters were played by Black people — which makes it more like minstrelsy, Jordan Levy reports.
Meanwhile, a Mummer who happens to be an ER doctor helped perform CPR on a fan who’d collapsed at the post-parade Eagles game. First thing he wanted to know upon waking, per 6ABC? The score.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Crude anti-mask graffiti appeared outside Nebinger and Meredith schools in Queen Village/Bella Vista. Face coverings are required for district students and teachers for two weeks post-holiday. [WHYY/NBC10]
- SEPTA hired its first chief equity and inclusion officer. A Georgia transplant, Emmanuella Myrthil said the first thing she noticed on arriving in Philly was all the people experiencing homelessness. [SEPTA/PhillyVoice]
- If you were affected by the Port Richmond explosion New Year’s Day, the city wants to hear from you in an online survey. An investigation into the cause is still ongoing. [Billy Penn/Arcgis]
- Philly’s recycling rate, which had risen to 21% in 2015, is back down to around 8%. One possible reason: the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet was dissolved. [Billy Penn/Grid]
- Primo Hoagies, which started in 1990s South Philly and has since spread across seven Atlantic coast states, is planning a huge expansion reaching as far as Texas and New Orleans. [Inquirer$/Restaurant News]
- Sixers fans engaged in a hilarious impromptu dance battle when the arena played “Just Wanna Rock” by Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert. The team won in OT last night, despite missing Embiid. [Uproxx/NBCS Philly]
Mayor Kenney heads to McPherson Square in Kensington to announce plans for reinvesting the $23 million from the first round of opioid settlement money (11:30 a.m.). Last month the city announced it would use $3.5 million for an Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund. Philly saw 1,276 fatal overdoses in 2021, a record high.
Afternoon brings Kenney to the Chelten Hills Cemetery in West Oak Lane for a memorial ceremony for the people lost in the deadly Fairmount rowhome fire, which happened one year ago today (3 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
? The Barnes’ First Friday reception this month features music from Colombia-born and Philly-based pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly. Admission is $28 or $10 for students. (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6)
? Have a slightly broken item — a missing button, tangled jewelry, a missing keyboard key — and want to learn how to fix it? Head to NextFab’s Repair Fair for free hands-on lessons. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12)