Newsletter for Monday, June 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A walk through the arches in University City. Photo via @trudy_maxwelle on Instagram.
SOMEONE FLEW A DRONE OVER 3RD BASE AT CITIZENS BANK PARK
It turns out it’s not against the law to fly a drone over a major league ballpark. How do we know this? Citizens Bank Park security and the police talked to someone who did that Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., after his drone was spotted hovering over third base. Now, technically, that’s not illegal! But it violates the FAA’s rules — nobody’s supposed to fly one an hour before or after a large gathering of people. (Well, Phillies attendance HAS been low…) Also: The stadium is in the restricted zone that includes the airport, another no-no. So the unidentified man was questioned and released, but can probably look forward to a nasty-gram in the mail.
ARCHBISHOP RUNNING BIG POPE VISIT EVENT MAYBE EMBEZZLED
The Vatican official who is in charge of overseeing this September’s World Meeting of Families — the event that’s bringing the Pope to Philly — is in some hot (holy) water. European news organizations reported last week that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is under investigation for embezzlement after people started raising questions about an Italian castle he bought. According to British news organization The Telegraph, Paglia is accused of buying the castle at “an artificially low price” and then planning to re-sell it in order to pocket a cool $4.4 million. The Archbishop, who is denying the accusations, is alleged to have illegally used diocese funds to purchase the property. Officials in Philly with the World Meeting of Families told The Inquirer that the news was “troubling,” but said it wouldn’t affect plans for the Pope’s visit this fall.
TO DO: HEAD TO A POP-UP GARDEN
WHAT: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s gardens, opening today, feat. specialty food and spirits
WHERE: 1438 South Street and 829 Wharton Street
WHEN: Gardens open at noon; drink service starts at 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
MY NEIGHBOR’S CHESTNUT HILL MANSION IS (PROBABLY) HAUNTED
Our spring intern is a Chestnut Hill resident (and, yes, a Masterman High senior). As he looked for the right story to tell during his two weeks at Billy Penn, he stumbled upon an interesting fact about his neighborhood: One of the houses he’s walked past for years has a paranormal past. This is what he found.
THE 10 BEST BEERS TO TRY FOR SUMMER WHILE THEY LAST
Very few wonderful things are as easy to accomplish as drinking refreshing beer under the hot summer sun. For a sip that actually quenches thirst and cools your palate, you’ll want to steer clear of heavy stouts and hoppy IPAs, and gravitate toward wheat-based beers and lighter ales. (Science, you guys.) Of the many reasons to drink local (supporting the region’s economy, lowering your carbon footprint, yada yada), the most compelling is actually flavor — you’re more likely to tap into a fresh batch. Here are 10 of the best.