Newsletter for Friday, Aug. 28
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Pope window is on point for the visit in less than a month; photo via @aelial on Instagram.
HARRISBURG MIGHT FINALLY LEGALIZE UBERX
A state senator wants to finally make it legal to take an UberX in Philadelphia. Late Thursday, Sen. Camera Bartolotta, a Republican from western PA, announced new legislation that would essentially establish a framework for ridesharing regulations in Pennsyvlania. As of now, no such regulations exist, and past efforts to create some have failed, despite vocal support for ridesharing in Philadelphia from City Council and Mayor Michael Nutter. Bartolotta’s bill would establish ground rules for Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania, including insurance, safety requirements and accident-reporting protocols. But most importantly it would legalize the services in every county in the state — including Philadelphia.
WHY THE NAKED BIKE RIDE IS TOTALLY LEGAL
For the last six years, cyclists in Philly and elsewhere have bared all (or almost all), gently resting all that flesh on bikes riding through the public streets. And somehow, every year without fail, participants aren’t arrested for exposing their cash and prizes for the world to see. This Saturday afternoon, the annual event will happen again. And again, it’s unlikely anyone will be pulled away in handcuffs or cited. So how is it possible that thousands of people can ride bikes naked through the streets in broad daylight without being arrested? How is this legal? The short answer: It’s complicated; it’s semantics.
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SHOULD TEMPLE REALLY BE TRYING TO BUILD A STADIUM?
Temple opens the 2015 football season next Saturday with a game against Penn State. It will be held at Lincoln Financial Field, Temple’s home field since 2003 but perhaps for not much longer if officials ranging from the school’s president to athletic director to football coach get their wish: An on-campus stadium. For two years, it has been a topic of conversation. But experts and former employers say it could be a decidedly mixed blessing, and might actually hurt the football program in the long run.
LOVE PARK FLYING SAUCER WILL BE A RESTAURANT
Remember everyone was worried that the forthcoming revamp of LOVE Park would mean the Fairmount Park Welcome Center (aka the Flying Saucer, the UFO-looking building in the park) would disappear? Nah, but it’s going to have a new life, reports Michael Klein at Philly.com. The Fairmount Park Conservancy is looking for someone to operate a restaurant that seats up to 55 inside and 150 outside at the space. And the food trucks will be flipped to the opposite corner of the park, moving from 16th and JFK to 15th and Arch.