Center City ads taking the form of murals (Instagram/ @d_smoove)

All the candidate forums and debates leading up to Nov. 7

A dozen state and local offices are up for election this fall. If you’re looking for ways to get to know the candidates and their views better, attending or watching a forum might be helpful.

There were lots in the spring ahead of the May primary (seriously, a ton), but the general election cycle features a much lighter schedule. Asha Prihar put together a handy calendar. Continue reading…

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Don’t worry about Diamondbacks’ home field advantage

It’s widely acknowledged that no other field brings the energy that surges through Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies are on the hunt, but the Diamondbacks’ base appears particularly lackluster. A Fox10 Phoenix reporter at Game 2 in Philly couldn’t find a single fan to interview, and tickets to Game 3 tonight were still available for under $20. 

Though the Phils have crushed their NLCS opponents so far, John Stolnis reminds us it’s not over yet. Here’s hoping the next two games in the desert will be as fun as the first two. Continue reading…

Brandon Marsh celebrates a RBI-double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the baseball NL Championship Series in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled

‱ The African American Charter School Coalition blasted the Philadelphia Board of Ed. as “rotten to the core” for its handling of the independent report on potential racial bias in school closures. Meanwhile, the latest charter shutdown is based on a personal decision by its founder. [Inquirer$/Billy Penn]

‱ Black Philadelphians spend 11% longer commuting to work, on average, than white Philadelphians, per new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. That’s a larger gap than national rates. [PhillyVoice/PDF]
‱ Seven years after a developer was chosen to revamp the Germantown YWCA, the historic structure is still sitting vacant amid a political battle. Councilmember Bass alleges discrimination, but it’s unclear if the builder has funding to continue. [Chestnut Hill Local$/WHYY’s PlanPhilly] 

‱ Long-term changes are coming to the stretch of I-95 between Spring Garden and South Philly, and PennDOT is seeking feedback. You have until the end of tomorrow to weigh in here. [Pa. Gov/I-95 Revive]

‱ Philadelphia 16-year-old Nathanael Barlow is a semifinalist for the legendary Showtime at the Apollo talent competition. He’ll sing for the win on Nov. 22. [WHYY]


Mayor Kenney speaks at the 20th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women at the Convention Center in Center City (11:30 a.m.) and later joins Rebuild officials to celebrate the re-opening of Gifford Playground in Northeast Philly (4 p.m.). 


đŸŽ„ Calling all independent creators: PhillyCAM’s annual People Power Media Fest starts with a live musical performance and continues for three days of discussion and storytelling. RSVP required for some events. (Friday to Monday, Oct. 20-23)

đŸŽžïž Halaloween Philly is a three-night festival celebrating horror cinema and queer canon from the SWANA region across Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Lebanon, and Iran. Kick it off at Moore College’s free screening of “Then Came Dark.” (7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21) 

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