Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A gorgeous day for cutting through the Schuylkill on a kayak of your very own; photo via @uofpenn on Instagram.
AG BRUCE CASTOR HAS A SIX-FIGURE BILL FOR PA TAXPAYERS
Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor believes his law firm is owed $126,000 by taxpayers in Centre County, but county officials say they don’t need to pay it. In an invoice and memo sent last month, unearthed through an open records request by Yardley stock trader Simon Campbell, Castor detailed the payments for his defense of Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller in a grand jury investigation, as well as a separate investigation launched by police and the Centre County Board of Commissioners. The overall tab came to $126,175. He’s offering a bit of a discount — just over $102K — and he tells Billy Penn he doesn’t want to go to court to get it. But he might have to.
PAT TOOMEY’S SHIFTING STANCE ON THE TPP
Sen. Pat Toomey has historically been one of the most pro-trade lawmakers in the Senate. The Pennsylvania Republican — now in the political fight of his life in an attempt to keep his seat — even wrote a book in 2009 called The Road to Prosperity, which touted the benefits of free trade. But last week, Toomey penned an op-ed that appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette denouncing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal being spearheaded by the Obama administration, writing “we should not pass a flawed deal just to get a deal done.” So is he changing his stance? We took a look.
THE REALLY OLD BUSINESS BEHIND PHILLY’S HOTTEST SIGNAGE
Unlike much of the elegant work their business produces, Baker the Sign Man is easy to miss. The business is situated in a Chinatown brick building on Race Street a couple blocks before all the restaurants and bars. The only thing that tends to catch the eye is a testament to their durability: Since 1870. “It’s fascinating to people,” said Rob Barrish, co-owner of Baker the Sign Man. Barrish and co-owner Nacine Supinsky have been making hand-crafted signs for the likes of Philly eateries like Alla Spina, Rouge, Vetri and Federal Donuts — for about 20 years. But the business of Baker the Sign Man goes back much further.
Go beyond the beer dinner and pair food with cocktails instead. Ticket includes three courses matched with three Stateside Vodka drinks, plus just enough info about the spirit to be able to talk it up at a party.
Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19123
When: August 23, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $35; tickets available online
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HOW PA, NJ AND DE ATHLETES STACKED UP IN MEDALS FROM RIO
Athletes from 87 different countries left Rio de Janeiro with Olympic medals this summer. The United States dominated the 2016 Rio Summer Games, tallying 121 total medals: 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. The United States won 51 more medals than China, which finished second in the overall count. The 46 gold medals won by team USA bested Great Britain’s gold total by 19. And, as expected, the United States won big over the last two weeks in the pool, on the track and on the courts. So how’d we do on a state-by-state basis? Here’s our count.
WHY DRAKE’S LIVE MEEK MILL DISS DREW CHEERS IN PHILLY
Did you think the diss fight between Drake and Meek Mill was over? Think again. Drake dropped several more disses for Meek Sunday night, the Philly stop of his Summer Sixteen tour. The pinnacle of the disrespect came when Drake performed “Back to Back” in Meek’s hometown. The crowd not only sang along, but Drake left lines open for the audience to shout back at him. And they obliged. We dug into why.