Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 29
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A BLIND MAN DIED AFTER FALLING IN FRONT OF THE BROAD STREET LINE YESTERDAY
We now know the person struck by a Broad Street Line train yesterday was a 53-year-old blind man. NBC10 and 6ABC both reported the man stumbled, hit a pole and fell onto the tracks at Race-Vine Station. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details about the victim have been released.
UBERX AND LYFT ARE ABOUT TO BE ILLEGAL IN PHILLY (AGAIN)
A Pennsylvania budget agreement that authorized Uber and Lyft in July expires Sept. 30. Everyone, including the Philadelphia Parking Authority, wanted to legalize ride-sharing for the Democratic National Convention and expected the House to pass legislation to do so permanently. Alas, the truce ends tomorrow. Barring unexpected, last-minute movement on a bill that would permanently legalize ride-sharing, UberX and Lyft drivers could be pulled over by the PPA and have their cars impounded starting Oct. 1.
ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICAL BLOGGERS LIVES IN BELLA VISTA
Duncan Black is a Philly guy. He buys his pasta at Talluto’s. He’s loves the pho at Cafe Diem. He’s tweeted about the soda tax. His writing also triggered Trent Lott’s resignation as Senate Majority Leader in 2002. “The West Wing” created a one-episode character based on him in 2006. He has 28,000 Twitter followers and his blog gets more than 100,000 page views a day. But you’ve probably never heard of Duncan Black. Now you have.
WHERE TO GET FREE COFFEE IN PHILLY TODAY
It’s National Coffee Day! Don’t question it, just dutifully get in line for your freebie and say a silent thank-you to whoever came up with these days. Lots of Philly spots are giving out free or discounted coffees. We didn’t call up every single cafe in Philly because time, but Philly.com and NBC10 put together lists of some of the participating chains.
The pop-up at One Liberty Observation Deck will open every Thursday through Oct. 27 with happy hour specials ($5 beers, $7 wines). You still have to pay (discounted) admission, but the views are probably worth it.
Where: Bar 57 at 1650 Market St. 19103
When: September 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $14 at the door
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PHILLY WENT NUTS FOR MICHELLE OBAMA YESTERDAY
Pack a bunch of La Salle and Girls High students into a college gymnasium, give FLOTUS a mic and what do you have? One of Philly’s most popular concerts, basically. Michelle Obama was in town Wednesday stumping for Hillary Clinton, and the audience on La Salle’s campus ate it up. She managed to throw shade at Trump without ever saying his name and also stress the importance of Pennsylvania votes. These are the comments from the First Lady that made the audience go wild.
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PHILLY FANS HAVE SPOKEN: BRIAN DAWKINS IS THE ULTIMATE EAGLE
Brian Dawkins is the Ultimate Philadelphia Eagle, per voters in our bracket. After five weeks of online and in-person voting, fans have declared Weapon X the most worthy of all the 32 players to appear in the bracket. He’s pretty excited about it. Dawkins defeated Reggie White in a match-up we’d been anticipating all along. Here’s how the entire bracket played out and what qualifies Dawkins for the title.