Newsletter for Thursday, Aug. 25
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The Philadelphia Convention Center at night looks flaggy. Photo via @oji._ on Instagram.
EX-NUTTER AIDE FILES SHADE-FILLED LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY CONTROLLER
Former Michael Nutter aide Desiree Peterkin Bell’s lawsuit against Philadelphia’s city controller begins with a quote from George Bernard Shaw, the famed Irish playwright and political thinker from the last century. And there’s more drama where that came from. Peterkin Bell filed the suit in the Court of Common Pleas Wednesday, accusing Alan Butkovitz, the city controller, and Ashley Del Bianco, executive director of the Mayor’s Fund, of defamation, false light and injurious falsehood or disparagement. She’s seeking damages “substantially” in excess of $50,000 for each of the three counts. We’ve got the details here.
HOW A RACIST BIT ON 975 THE FANATIC GOT WIP’S JOSH INNES FIRED
If you clicked the news on Wednesday, first broken by Crossing Broad, that a high profile and terribly polarizing (emphasis on the terribly) Philly radio host was getting fired, it would have been reasonable to think the ousted yapper would be Mike Missanelli, who finds himself in the center of a racist year-long radio gag gone bad. Instead, while Missanelli spent much of his show Tuesday explaining to his audience that he had no idea “Dwayne from Swedesboro” — a cartoonishly ethnic caller to Mikey Miss’s show that turned out to be one of his producers, Pat Egan, who is white — Innes spent a large part of his show addressing the story himself, and predictably taking things too far. And he’s now fired. Here’s what happened.
TELL US YOUR PHILLY TOWING HORROR STORIES
After we published yesterday’s story about a possibly sketchy towing operation at Broad and Washington in South Philly, police confirmed to us that they’re investigating the case. But it got us wondering: Do you have a Philly towing horror story? We’d love to hear them; here’s how to get in touch with us.
Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades. He died in '93, but his Arkestra lives on. Expect music like retro Gershwin swing that morphs into cosmic tones, all in the same song.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park at 301 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: August 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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USING DRAKE’S ‘CONTROLLA’ TO GET PHILLY A CAMBODIA TOWN
There are plenty of covers and remixes of Drake’s summer hit “Controlla.” This one is sooooooo Philly. It’s a parody version done in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. Comedian Hella Chluy (government name: Phanit Duong) shot it around 7th street, in South Philly’s Cambodian stronghold. He serenades his video girl with promises of local dining, from street food to a meal at Khmer Kitchen when he’s got the guap. We talked to the comedian about the video and his bigger goal: Getting official city recognition for Cambodia Town.
VOTE FOR THE ULTIMATE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Our Ultimate Philadelphia Eagles bracket is not an exercise in trying to find the best player in franchise history. Rather, this contest is an attempt to find the player diehard fans most identify with the team. When you think of the Eagles over the last 20 years, who is the first player that comes to mind? Is it Five? B-Dawk? B-West? T.O.? Go. Vote. And in a week, the field will narrow.