Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
AG Kathleen Kane says hiiiii from the courthouse. Opening arguments in her perjury trial are slated to start this morning (Instagram via @basslabbers).
WHAT SEAN HANNITY GOT WRONG ABOUT PHILLY ELECTION FRAUD (A LOT)
When Fox News host Sean Hannity isn’t arguing with Wawa customers, he’s talking about rigged elections. At least when he references Philly, anyway. Hannity got into it over Twitter with CNN’s Brian Stelter about Trump, election rigging and the 2012 presidential election. He cited the 59 voting divisions in Philly where Romney didn’t get a single vote. But that nothing to raise an eyebrow at … if you understand Philly elections. Two voting authorities explain how, no, the 2012 election was not rigged.
CAN A NEWBOLD NAME CHANGE BRING PEACE TO POINT BREEZE?
What does it say about Philly that changing the name of a neighborhood organization could ease the gentrification tension? Well, we are the city of neighborhoods. And the area between Broad, 18th, Mifflin and Washington has no fewer than nine registered community organizations with their own ideas about names. So when the Newbold Neighbors Association announced it would change it name, everyone in Point Breeze took notice. This is how Newbold became a thing and why Point Breeze is closer to unity than it’s been in several years.
Four bartenders will battle to make the best Bluecoat gin/Fernet Branca drinks they can. Ticket includes one of each creation, plus a raffle to win a sweet bicycle; half the price goes to familes of Orlando shooting victims.
Where: The Industry Bar at 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. 19147
When: August 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $30 at the door
BILLY PENN LIKES
CAN PHILADELPHIA THRIVE OUTSIDE OF CENTER CITY, TOO?
The last few years Philadelphians have heard plenty about the rebirth of Center City and its surrounding neighborhoods. The population has grown at a 17 percent clip since 2000 and income at 20 percent. But most everywhere else in the city limits has experienced declines. It’s a trend seen in cities throughout the country, and the Wall Street Journal took a deep dive into how Philadelphia exemplifies it. “The revitalization of Philadelphia is really the story of the revitalization of Center City and adjoining neighborhoods,” says Drexel professor Kevin Gillen. “I’d like to see more neighborhoods in the city participating in the city’s renaissance.”
THESE PHILLY ATHLETES ARE COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS
The games are underway in Rio and Philly is well-represented. There’s track and field star Nia Ali, who was born and raised here, went to West Catholic and is one of 10 moms competing in the Olympics this year. There’s rower Glenn Ochal, who went to Roman Catholic High School and will compete in eight events this year. And that’s not all. Meet the Philly athletes repping us in Rio.