Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Growlers Bar sports a hitchBOT sign out front; watch the video that may show the end of the robot’s life, as well as our interview with a former hitchBOT host who saw the robot post-decapitation in Rhode Island. Photo via @growlersbarphilly on Instagram.
FATTAH VOWS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION CHARGES AND RUN FOR RE-ELECTION
Embattled Congressman Chaka Fattah, currently indicted on 29 counts of racketeering and fraud, has a message for his constituents in the 2nd Congressional District and the city of Philadelphia: He’s not going anywhere, and the charges against him are bogus. “An editorial in the Inquirer says I should resign. I’m not resigning,” Fattah told WURD-AM host Solomon Jones in an interview Monday morning with the talk radio station. “That’s not a matter of defiance; I’ve been elected to serve out my term and I’m going to do that. And I’m going to run for re-election.”
WHO’S PHILLY LIKE FOR PRESIDENT? IN A WORD, HILLARY
The Philadelphia campaign to elect Hillary Clinton can probably start relaxing. Last week, the Federal Election Commission released quarterly campaign finance data for 15 presidential candidates — not including Donald Trump, sorry — and Clinton is dominating. Billy Penn totaled the campaign contributions by people or groups from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Here’s what it looks like for Clinton, and how Philadelphia’s support differs from Pennsylvania’s.
Beer dinners are often fancy affairs these days, but burgers and brews still go together perfectly. Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati — the big cheese who oversees Shack food around the world — will be in Philly to show just how well. Four courses ranging from burgers to dogs to custard will be paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers.
Where: Shake Shack University City at 3200 Chestnut St.
When: August 4, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $33
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE TWITTER POWER RANKINGS, POLITICS EDITION
Philly political Twitter: one of the only places where we can see politicians sniping at each other in public and press a little “star” indicating whether or not we support it. Pennsylvania politics is home to some of best tweeters in our timeline, whether it’s candidates showing us that (gasp?) they’re real people, or political observers calling out politicians, usually when it’s well-deserved. Billy Penn set out to identify some of the best Twitter accounts in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania politics. Without further ado: Our top 11 picks, in alphabetical order.
WE VISITED THE ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AUDITIONS ON SUNDAY
It’s the last season of American Idol. Will the last Kelly Clarkson please stand up? The typical sounds of North Broad Street were a tad different Sunday when pretty much everyone in the area who thinks they’re a good singer took the liberty of doing so on the steps of Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Some of the a cappella tunes were rousing renditions. Others, not so much. Here’s what the line looked like this weekend.