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Cherelle Parker and the women who powered her run

Asked yesterday about becoming the first woman poised to be mayor of Philadelphia, Cherelle Parker shouted out those who’ve come before her, per The Inquirer — Marian Tasco, Augusta Clarke, Roxanne Jones, Anna Verna.

  • The coalition that won Parker the nomination was powered in part by many other women. Her campaign formed a group called “Cherelle’s Corner” that brought together female volunteers across the city.

Why’d they support her? Jordan Levy spoke with several women about why they trust Parker to be “as good as her word.”

Cherelle Parker supporters (from left) Wanda Davis, Melody Baysmore, and Kittura Dior, celebrate her win in the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Lee’s Deli reopens in West Philly after 6-month closure

Last November, a stolen van crashed through Scott Lee’s storefront window. The damage was so extensive, he worried his 30-year-old deli was done for.

  • Thankfully the community stepped in, setting up a GoFundMe to help get the family-run business back up and running. Last week, the redesigned shop finally reopened its doors.

Customers immediately flooded the Baltimore Avenue shop, Ali Mohsen reports, grateful for the return of friendly service and the 75-item (!) menu.

Lee’s Deli at 4700 Baltimore Avenue. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

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• Male senators are supposed to wear a jacket and tie on the Senate floor, so Sen. Fetterman is voting in hoodies and shorts from the doorway. Colleagues welcome his sartorial choice after treatment for clinical depression, saying he’s “a joyful person to be around.” [AP]

• Former City Council member and mayoral candidate Derek Green is now a lobbyist. At Bellevue Strategies, he’ll work with local governments to help them access state and federal dollars. [Biz Journal$/@mustafarashed]

• For the first time in four decades, Philadelphia updated how the city regulates industrial pollution, allowing it to reject permit applications based on emissions. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly] 

• The remains of 50 unhoused Philadelphians will be laid to rest at Mount Peace Cemetery in North Philly today, offering some dignity for people who were neglected in life. [City Cast] 

• Despite separate metrics, the Phillies’ problems this season are all related, says John Stolnis of Hittin’ Season. [Billy Penn]

• Know an 18 to 25-year-old Korean American actor? Philly-born indie pop band Japanese Breakfast put out an open casting call for the film adaptation of “Crying in H Mart.” [XPN/@Jbrekkie]


Wawa Welcome America announces the schedule and concert lineup for Philly’s Fourth of July celebrations today, with Mayor Kenney in attendance (11 a.m.) Afternoon brings Kenney to the Philadelphia Film Society in Center City to honor 60 outstanding local teachers with the Lindback Awards (4:30 p.m.)


💃 Put on your dancing shoes: the 11th annual Philadelphia Tango Festival returns with a theme of improvisation. The weekend-long fest includes concerts, workshops, lectures, and the recording of a live album. Prices vary. (Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29) 

🎥 cinéSPEAK’s 3rd annual “Under the Stars at Clark Park” festival kicks off with the Philly premiere of ‘Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes’. Food trucks arrive at 5 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 9 p.m. (Friday, May 26)