Newsletter for Thursday, April 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
#TBT: Sam Hinkie waves to a Brooklyn crowd last month; yesterday, Hinkie resigned as the 76ers GM. Photo via @andrewvdill on Instagram.
BERNIE MEETS PHILLY WITH RAUCOUS RALLY AT TEMPLE U.
Well, Bernie Sanders met Philly. “We have what appears,” he said to enormous applause at Temple University Wednesday night, “to be a loud, large and raucous crowd.” Temple’s Liacouras Center that has 10,200 seats was filled and the floor was flooded with onlookers while thousands more people who waited in line for hours sat in an overflow room. Broad Street beforehand looked like a parade was going on. People poured into the arena over a span of nearly four hours to get through security. So yeah, raucous is a delicate way of putting it. If you weren’t there, here’s what you missed.
HILLARY CLINTON GOT 4 STANDING O’S FROM UNIONS IN PHILLY
The hundreds of union members at the downtown Sheraton Wednesday — many holding Hillary Clinton signs and donning shirts with her campaign’s official FedEx-style logo — clearly came ready to cheer the presidential candidate. She spoke for 30 minutes about improving the lives of the middle class, a higher minimum wage and being tough with China. She received a standing ovation before, during and after her speech. But what happened before Clinton even got in the room might’ve been the most positive sign for her campaign in Philly.
WHY THIS ABORTION BILL IS FLYING THROUGH HARRISBURG
Pennsylvania’s legislature that’s been nothing short of dysfunctional is this week moving with blinding speed to pass an abortion bill that doctors don’t like, the governor has promised to veto and pro-choice advocates decry as the strictest of its kind in the country. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that it could become law, overcoming that veto, because this is Pennsylvania. And we’re in an election year. Here’s a look at what’s at stake and why some say the bill is nothing more than politics at work.
WHYY's Naomi Starobin hosts a discussion of August Wilson's "Two Trains Running," and how things have (or haven't) changed since it was written.
Where: Arden Theatre Company at 40 N. 2nd St. 19106
When: April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
TASTE-TESTING BK’S NEW ‘EXTRA-LONG PHILLY CHEESEBURGER’
Gooey cheese and floppy onions. Does that scream “Philly” food to you? Apparently it does to Burger King. The house of “Have It Your Way” — probably emboldened by the runaway success of its new grilled hot dog, which is selling like crazy even though critics slammed it — just slid another new item onto its U.S. menus: The Extra Long Philly Cheeseburger. We ate one so you don’t have to — but, honestly, it’s not awful.
WAS VILLANOVA’S BIG WIN A ‘COME-FROM-BEHIND’ VICTORY?
During a campaign stop to the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton riled up the crowd with a quip about Villanova’s buzzer-beating final shot that clinched the Wildcats the national championship. “I love those come-from-behind victories,” she said. Sure, it was an off-the-cuff remark about a basketball game. But, given the enthusiasm of Philadelphia sports fans, we decided to check the claim: Was Villanova’s win really of the “come-from behind” variety?