Old and new in Brewerytown (Instagram/@therowhousecity)

The impressive legacy of JoAnne Epps 

JoAnne A. Epps, the acting Temple University president who died suddenly this week, was beloved and respected in Philadelphia and beyond. She leaves behind a legacy that inspired generations of students, legal scholars, criminal justice advocates, and Black women in leadership everywhere. 

Asha Prihar has a look back at Epps’s impressive career, which included decades as Temple Law dean and helping improve police oversight in Philly.

Former Temple University Acting President JoAnne A. Epps. (Temple University)

Freebies for Philly sports wins: Beer, burgers, coffee, and more

Everyone loves free food and seeing their favorite teams succeed. Put together? Even better. There are a handful of promotions running right now that’ll score you a tasty treat when the Eagles and Phillies do well, plus one that’s available every week, no matter what.

From the fried to the fermented to the frozen, Asha Prihar rounds up where to find these deals this season.

You can get a free “Schwarbeer” — aka Yards Philly Standard — every time Kyle Schwarber hits a home run. (Andrew Prihar)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Democrats retain narrow control in the Pa. House (102-101) after voters in Pittsburgh elected former congressional aide Lindsay Powell in a special election for a vacant seat. [AP]

• After previously declining to commit, Democratic mayoral nominee Cherelle Parker has agreed to her first debate with Republican rival David Oh. It’s scheduled for Oct. 26 on KYW Newsradio. [Billy Penn/Politics PA]

• The Philly Sheriff’s Office is apparently missing 71 handguns, four semi-automatic handguns and one shotgun, per an analysis by the Controller’s Office. That’s actually fewer firearms than were found missing in 2020. [NBC10]

• Farewell, Melrose Diner. Demolition officially began at the South Philly hang after 67 years of business. Plans call for a six-story apartment building on the site, with a smaller diner reopening on the ground floor. [YouTube/6ABC]

• Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is recovering from his stroke, and shared a message thanking supporters for showing him love. [Sports Illustrated/@CMBaseball41]

• Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin apologized on social media after dozens of Eagles fans received crooked Kelly green merch, saying “One bad product and one unhappy customer is one too many.” [@michaelrubin/Inquirer$]

• Three Philly restaurants made the New York Times’ 2023 Restaurant List: El Chingon, My Loup, and Kalaya. [NYT unlocked]


An education-focused day for Mayor Kenney. He starts at the Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School Peace Day Rally (9:15 a.m.), later helps welcome the new student representatives to the Philadelphia Board of Education (4 p.m.), and then joins First Step Staffing for a 5-year anniversary party celebrating the employment social enterprise org (4:45 p.m.).


🎨 The Germantown Arts District’s inaugural block party welcomes autumn with a night of art, dance, food trucks, and more. (5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22) 

🎞️ Revisit the Rizzo years with the first public screening of the 1979 documentary “Amateur Night at City Hall” at Lightbox Film Center. (7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22) 

🐈 Art + kittens = adorable, low stress fun at the Cat Collaborative Adoption Event and art show in Old City. Free. (1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23) 

📘 Billy Penn is participating in Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)

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