Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 31
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HOW TO SURVIVE A SWING-STATE IN AN ELECTION YEAR
Congratulations, Pennsylvania’s a swing state. That means surrogates, pollsters and volunteers will be calling your phone and knocking on your door and begging you to register to vote from now until then because here, your presidential campaign vote actually does really, really matter. And that means a lot of info, much of it (to be charitable) misleading. In fact, it can be hard to cut through the bullshit. From now until Nov. 8, you can expect to be force-fed spin from both sides. So what’s real and what isn’t? Here’s our guide.
SETH WILLIAMS’ NONPROFIT COULD BE DONE
The latest bad news for Philadelphia DA Seth Williams again centers on his nonprofit, The Second Chance Foundation, the one federal investigators subpoenaed for records. Former board members and other sources say talks about disbanding the charity began shortly after it was revealed Williams hadn’t properly disclosed gifts from 2010 to 2015. Williams, according to those sources, wasn’t on the phone call when the board agreed The Second Chance Foundation should be disbanded and isn’t happy about it.
At noon, the city will celebrate Arena League champion Philadelphia Soul at City Hall. The team will be joined by Mayor Kenney, the Soul's owners (including former Philadelphia Eagle Ron Jaworski), coaches, staff and the dance team. You can buy team merch, food and drinks, too.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall courtyard at 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
When: August 31, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free to attend, food/merch pay-as-you-go
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COMMENTARY: COMING TO TERMS WITH PHILLY’S UGLY NEW ROWHOMES
You know the houses our Cassie Owens is talking about. The ✨✨ modern✨✨ rowhouses that are proliferating in Fishtown and Point Breeze, Queen Village and Kensington. Maybe they’ll have metal panelling or stucco. Quite often, they’ll have those gargantuan, rectangular, protruding bay windows that overhang a building’s ground level. She don’t find all of the newer fashions hideous, no. But many of these are flat-out ugly. Turns out there are valid reasons why.
THE STORY BEHIND VOX POPULI’S ECLECTIC NEW EXHIBIT
The first comprehension challenge in Vox Populi’s newest exhibit, That Which Cannot Not Be, may be understanding the double negative in its name. But that’s not likely to be the only thing that makes viewers pause for a better look. At first, none of the pieces in the multi-form display seem to go together — visitors to the gallery might find a light installation next to a sculpture next to a documentary photography performance. But there is a connection between the exhibit’s seven artists.