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How do Philly’s mayoral candidates sign their names?

As the mayoral race heats up, we took a look at a characteristic that has nothing to do with policy: handwriting.

  • The study of signatures is called graphology. Beyond being used to detect forgeries, it can also be a tool for therapy. South Philly resident Jo Coppola does these analyses for a living.

For fun, Billy Penn intern Kira Wang asked her to see what the Democratic mayoral candidate’s signature shows about their strengths, goals, and identities.

→ Crystal clear vs. illegible

The signatures of seven Democratic primary candidates for Philadelphia mayor, via their candidate affidavits. (Philadelphia County Board of Elections)

Hot dogs on the field: The Phillies need a winning streak

Call it an undeniable sign of the rough start to the Phillies season, which we were all extra hyped for after last year’s World Series run.

  • Tuesday was Dollar Dog Night at Citizens Bank Park, and it ended with people throwing those franks back onto the field in disgust. Rob Thomson’s crew is obviously having a hard time getting on a roll (🥁). 

On the other hand, Bryce Harper is recovering quickly — he might even play first base. In the latest Hittin’ Season, host John Stolnis breaks it all down

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryson Stott during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, April 11. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney makes a visit to the Bustleton Learning Center in Northeast Philly, one of the 180 sites offering free pre-K to city residents (11 a.m.).


🎾 BP Quizzo: Join us at Padelphia for a night of Philly trivia! Space is limited at this new-style racket club on the Schuylkill River near City Live Ave, so register early. BYO, plus we’ll have some snacks and sips, and prizes for the winners. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26)

🎺 Brass band Snacktime plays a free concert at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philly as part of Philly Celebrates Jazz month. (4 p.m. Friday, April 14)

⛵ It’s opening night for Liberty Point, the city’s largest outdoor restaurant with 1,400 seats along the Delaware River waterfront. Reservations are available online. (4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, and onward)