Newsletter for Monday, June 6
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FEDS ARE LOOKING CLOSELY AT A ‘FAVOR’ A CAMPAIGN DONOR DID FOR SETH WILLIAMS’ EX-WIFE
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ ex-wife Sonita had trouble affording rent on the 3,056-square-foot, four-bedroom house in Drexel Hill she was living in. So the landlord let her pay $1,000 a month. But the rent should have been more like $2,500, and it turns out the landlord is a campaign contributor to — you guessed it — DA Seth Williams. Enter the FBI. Agents are looking closely at the deal, and Philly.com reported after they started asking questions rent went up and Sonita moved out. The landlord maintains the whole thing was a favor and he doesn’t stand to gain anything by giving the discount. It’s up to the feds to determine if that’s the case.
HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED AT THE ROOTS PICNIC
Something about the 2016 Roots Picnic made it seem like the festival is close to reaching elite status. Willow Smith brought out her father for “Summertime.” DMX told the crowd he loves them more than any of the women he slept with (yeah, we cleaned that language up for email filter purposes). But there were major sound issues during Future’s set. And Usher’s act seemed all around tame. Here’s what you missed if you didn’t go to the Roots Picnic — the highlights and the lowlights.
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THE PHILLY INTERNATIONAL CYCLING CLASSIC HAS NOTHING ON THESE KIDS
The most dreaded part for cyclists of the annual Bike Race through Philly is The Wall. They pedal hard to ascend the enormous hill at the end of the race in Manayunk while the crowd cheers and drinks. And then there are these kids, who NBC10 caught up with at the top of The Wall on Lyceum Avenue. They had their own race, which from the looks of it was all smiles and no hills.
THE MAKING OF THE CHOCOLATE PHILLY BEER WEEK HAMMER OF GLORY
When the annual Philly Beer Week kicked off Friday, all eyes were on the chocolate. The candy replica of the beloved Hammer of Glory mascot was first introduced in 2014, because what better than tiny chocolate hammers to eat while a literal hammer makes it way around the city opening kegs? But this year’s chocolate H.O.G. — made by Old City-based Shane Confectionary — features dark chocolate molded around caramel made with Weiss Wit beer from Delco’s 2SP Brewing. And we have video of the whole glorious thing.