Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A sailboat and a stellar sunset on the Delaware; photo via @tommy_garcia34 on Instagram.
CITY COUNCIL TO COMCAST: WE HAVE A WISH LIST FOR YA
City officials and top executives at Comcast are working out a new 15-year franchise agreement for the media giant’s presence here in Philly, and City Council won’t be sitting in on those discussions — but they still have thoughts on what should go down. In addition to calling on Comcast to expand broadband access here in the city, Council members also want to know if Comcast can offer more support for the city’s burgeoning tech sector and help to make public school students “digitally literate.” The Inquirer obtained copies of letters sent from council members to Comcast, which are explained in detail here.
UBER PREPARING FOR PAPAL VISIT WITH LITTLE INFORMATION
Philadelphia last week received some information about the traffic restrictions that will be levied during the Papal visit, including highway closures and a “traffic box” around a large swath of Center City. But decisions are still being made about what exactly can operate inside those boundaries, including what ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are to do for the weekend. Still, Uber says it’s “planning ahead to the best of our ability.”
Join Billy Penn and others Tuesday evening at the 21+ event Science After Hours at the Franklin Institute. This month's theme is Science and Art, and Billy Penn will have an interactive table where you can build your own emoji and have it sent right to you. Also: Photos of Flat Billy as he visited art staples throughout the city.
Where: Franklin Institute at 222 N. 20th St.
When: August 11, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15 for non Franklin Institute members, $10 for members
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SEX, DRUGS AND BIKES: HOW THE PAGANS ARE CONNECTED TO PHILLY
You may have seen them before. The Pagans motorcycle club doesn’t hide away here in Philly — you could have easily walked by members with jean bike jackets emblazoned with patches and the name of their bike gang of choice. History shows this city has been a playground for the Pagans, whether it’s shaking down strip clubs or trafficking meth and heroin through the city. Here’s a look at the Pagans and their history here in Philadelphia.
DEETS RELEASED FOR DALAI LAMA’S TRIP TO PHILLY
In case you haven’t yet gotten your fix of world religious leaders visiting Philadelphia by October, the Dalai Lama — the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Buddhism — will be here this fall. He’s coming to Philly Oct. 26 and 27 to receive the 2015 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center and hold several other events in the city. Details have been released, including the announcement that there will be free seating for the Liberty Medal event on Independence Mall.