Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 13
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Hitting a flip trick at Temple University. Photo via @crockettmusic on Instagram.
CONTROVERSIAL ‘SPEAK ENGLISH’ SIGN GONE FROM GENO’S
After 10 years of it being against house rules, it looks like you can now order your Geno’s cheesesteak in Spanish… or in any language you like. The infamous “When ordering, speak English” sign is gone, despite the fact that it was owner Joey Vento’s dying wish for the sign to remain.
WELCOME TO 2016! THE TURNPIKE NOW TAKES CREDIT CARDS
Rejoice, forgetful people: Drivers can now pay for their trips at Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booths with a credit card. The Turnpike Commission quietly rolled out credit card payments at toll booths last month. Here’s everything you need to know.
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION WORKED — BUT NOT LIKE OBAMA
Since online voter registration was enacted in PA last August, some 575,000 people used the tool to become new voters. About another 400,000 used it for purposes like switching parties or changing addresses. However, the online effect wasn’t that substantial — at least not compared to the effect of having an immensely popular candidate like Barack Obama in 2008.
THE BALLOT QUESTION ON JUDGES THAT’S DIVIDING HARRISBURG
The most controversial part of the ballot in Pennsylvania this year has nothing to do the top of the ticket. It has to do with a ballot question about the retirement age for judges and, more specifically, the wording of that question. Voters are being asked whether they’d like to amend the state Constitution to require PA judges to retire when they turn 75. But there’s a problem: The ballot question doesn’t mention the current retirement age. And now it’s turned into a partisan fight.
As part of DesignPhiladelphia, DAG and PlanPhilly host a discussion about what constitutes ideal rowhouse design for the 21st century. A reception kicks off the event.
Where: WHYY at 150 N. 6th St. 19106
When: October 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free, donations accepted
BILLY PENN LIKES
CARSON WENTZ LEFT A $500 TIP AT A NORTH DAKOTA RESTAURANT
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was back in Fargo, North Dakota last Saturday, throwing a back-room party at a local restaurant, according to a CSN story about his roots. A waitress who worked at the place said Wentz “was very humble, especially as a guest. He didn’t treat anyone like they were below him or anything.” He also picked up the whole $1,000 tab. And left a $500 tip. (He beats Shady McCoy’s infamous tipping moment by about $499.80.)
NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR WHO’S NEXT: POLITICS 2016
Over the last two years, we’ve used our Who’s Next feature to introduce you to more than 250 young Philadelphians who are the next generation of movers and shakers. And for November’s Who’s Next list, we’re looking to highlight the up-and-coming young people in politics. Here’s how to nominate someone.