Time to vote! (Instagram/@phillydesign)

Philly’s most important election in a decade

It’s no exaggeration to say today’s primary election will shape the future of Philadelphia.

Along with the likely new mayor, voters will choose who’ll make up a City Council filled with new faces, and there’s a chance sheriff could also change. Don’t forget about the many judges, or the city charter questions.

Starting when the polls close, you can track the mayoral results live on Billy Penn’s homepage, and listen live on WHYY-FM 90.9 for updates. Good luck and happy voting.

A sign marking the polling place at Ben Franklin High School on North Broad Street (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

An ‘ultimate’ model for athleticism, fun, and inclusivity

Philly’s new professional women’s ultimate team officially formed in April, and is considered a strong contender to make the championship in D.C. this June.

  • The Philadelphia Surge’s roster includes grocery store workers, dentists, scientists and college students of all identities taking time to train, compete, and “give people something to aim for.”  

For Billy Penn, Nick Kariuki dives into everything ultimate, the Surge, and their mission to be an inclusive sport.

A team huddle during Surge training. The players have bonded and are friends as well as teammates. (Nick Kariuki/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• President Biden was in town yesterday, attending his granddaughter’s Penn graduation and eating lunch afterward at Vietnam Cafe. [KYW/AP/@JarrettRenshaw]

• Get ready to sign a tablet: Philadelphia is using electronic poll books for the first time today, and workers are hoping to avoid snafus. [Billy Penn]

• More arrests were made in the ongoing Philly prison escape investigation, while officials continue their search for the remaining fugitive. [Billy Penn]

• Philly’s health department is planning to open a new health center in Frankford that will provide primary care for adults and kids, pharmacy services, and lab testing. It’s scheduled to open in 2025. [WHYY]

• More Indego bike share stations are coming this year, including in Manayunk, West Philly, Center City, South Philly, Old City, and on North Broad. [PhillyVoice]

• A Chester County woman showed up to Taylor Swift’s Philly concert with 81 printed pages of lyrics and a clip-on reading light to see them. [CBS3]

• Craving a 2 a.m. bagel after a Saturday night out? The forthcoming Philly Bagels location at 15th and Locust will have you covered. [Eater]


Mayor Kenney is staying mum today as the city votes on his likely successor. Nothing on his public schedule.


🪩 No denying the W hotel has a prime Center City location, and a new monthly series showcases live electronic music and dancing, starting the DJ Dave and her algorave beats. Free with RSVP. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18)

🎳 Camp Jamison, which gives kids from Philly a camping escape each summer, hosts its Bowling Bash fundraiser at Pike Lanes Bowling just outside the city in Bucks. Tickets are $15. (5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20)