Newsletter for Thursday, Nov. 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A wet, rainy morning at the Cira Centre and 30th Street Station, via Instagram user @panyc_state.
#FOUNDCARLESHA: GERMANTOWN ABDUCTION VICTIM ALIVE, SUSPECT CHARGED
Hours after the FBI put up a billboard Thursday in the search for 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a team that included FBI and ATF agents and U.S. Marshals spotted the Germantown abduction victim in a parked car on Waterloo Road in Jessup, Md. The car was across the street from a Starbucks, an organic grocery store… and a Maryland State Police barracks. She’s alive, with what police call “some injuries.” The man arrested in the case? His name’s Devlin Barnes, he’s 37 and he’s being held in another attempted abduction — in Richmond, Va. Barnes’ uncle told 6ABC that his nephew “has a thing about women and females,” and that while “it’s hard for me to accept the viciousness of (the abduction), I’m not necessarily surprised.”
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: HOW STREET MONEY GOT OUT THE WOLF VOTE, DESPITE WOLF
“This is our town. We have our bragging rights. We are going to get this done regardless of what the candidate does or doesn’t do.” Those are the words of Congressman Bob Brady, chairman of the city’s Democratic Party. Remember, the group that tried to extort talk Tom Wolf’s campaign into turning over $360,000 in street money, and got rebuffed? That was Brady and the city Dems talking through how they managed to GOTV anyway in Philly. Oh but keep in mind, there wasn’t zero street money — there was still more than a quarter of a million dollars’ worth. Still, the troops had to be reminded to sacrifice. “We tried to remind people that they didn’t get into politics for a couple of hundred bucks on Election Day,” City Controller Jonathan Saidel told the Inquirer. (Ed. note: The street money breakdown was $150 per ward leader, so apparently they did get into politics for $50 less than that.) “We tried to rekindle the reasons they got involved in politics in the first place, to help their neighbors, to make a difference.” And, you know, pocket $150.
WINTERFEST: THE FOLKS BEHIND SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK ARE BACK
On Nov. 28, the RiverRink Winterfest opens. What’s that? Picture a Spruce Street Harbor Park but timed for this season — think ice skating and warm spiked beverages. Curbed Philly writes up the details, which include a “Lodge” — a pair of “chalet-style” heated tents featuring fireplaces, couches, for-rent arcade games and free oversized board games — plus a wraparound “porch” with rocking chairs and heating lamps. Drink outside when it’s cold outside, people.
TO DO: WATCH THE ‘INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE’ AUTHOR
WHAT: Anne Rice on her new book, “Prince Lestat”
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central Branch, 19th & Vine0
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $15; $7 for students
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THE ZOO BALLOON IS COMING BACK
Insurance, rental balloon and crazy damage from the Polar Vortex winter be damned: The Philly Zoo and 6ABC are bringing back the Zoo Balloon! The current balloon — the rental — will be deflated on November 23, with the brand new version going up sometime in the spring.
HOW KENSINGTON’S PORCH CAGES CAME TO BE
They’re called cobertizos and they have nothing to do with security — at least, not originally. Hidden City answers the question we’ve all been asking ourselves: What’s with all those caged-in porches in Kensington? The short answer is that the covered porches are extension of the house and are the Philly rowhome adaptation of architectural features in cities in the Caribbean and South and Central America. Added bonus: the bars protect windows from the balls kids sometimes lose control over while playing in the street.