Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sun sets over Northern Liberties’ Second Street Festival; pic via @kylielee83 on Instagram.
IT’S LOTTERY TIME: SEPTA’S POPE PASS CLOCK IS TICKING
Do you feel lucky? If you’re after a Regional Rail pass for September 26 or 27, you’d better hope so. Philly startup Ticketleap is helping SEPTA sell the passes; the page opened at midnight, and it will be up until 11:59 PM tonight. Here’s where to click to enter; it’s a lot of form to fill out! They’re doing things this way after demand for the passes crashed SEPTA’s site a few weeks back; the transit authority is only selling 350,000 passes, after all (half for Saturday, half for Sunday).
RIP HITCHBOT, ABDUCTED AND BEHEADED IN PHILLY
Maybe you saw the headline: Traveling “robot” hitchBOT, a Canadian social experiment of sorts, came to an end in Philly this weekend. The robot, which has 49,000 Twitter followers, was trying to get to San Francisco using the only part of its body that moved: Its thumb. It relied on people to pick it up and plop it in the car. Well, it made it as far as Elfreth’s Alley. Then someone grabbed it and chopped off its head. We’ll let detective Joe Murray of the Philly Police sum up the debacle, as he told the Daily News: “Leaving it in Old City on a Saturday night is probably the worst idea ever. Anything could happen.”
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ICYMI: CHAKA FATTAH’S QUICK RISE AND LONG FALL
This weekend, we took a long look at the career of now-indicted Philly Congressman Chaka Fattah. It’s the story of a politician who raged against the machine, campaigning as a reformer. And years later, the machine is making sure no real candidates run against him, despite a federal investigation that has wound on for nearly a decade.
THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMPIONSHIP
It’s down to two Philly neighborhoods: One, Roxborough, in the city; one, Cherry Hill, a New Jersey suburb. We’ve reached the end of our entirely subjective, all-in-fun contest to name the ultimate neighborhood in a city known for them. So vote now, vote early, vote often — this one’s for all the marbles.