Newsletter for Thursday, Jan. 15
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The frozen Schuykill on Wednesday afternoon; photo by @iseptaphilly on Instagram.
BODIES DUMPED IN SCHUYLKILL: FUGITIVE CAUGHT IN VA, CHARGED
It was a shocking story over the summer — two men were pulled out of the Schuylkill River in August, with their throats cut and their limbs bound by tape. A third man had suffered the same treatment, but survived — and, after flagging down cops on Kelly Drive, set police, and later U.S. Marshals, on the trail of Tam Minh Le, an alleged member of the Vietnamese gang “Born To Kill.” The murders, police later said, were part of a drug ring. The marshals found Le with his family (wife, kids age 5 and 2) in a Virginia motel, trying to escape the bathroom by popping ceiling tiles.
E PASSYUNK: THE AVENUE, THE RESTAURANTS AND HOW SINATRA BECAME ‘OL’ BLUE EYES’
It’s all about the neighborhoods here in Philadelphia, and Billy Penn will be celebrating many of them with these “postcards” throughout the year. We’ll cover their history, their demographics, their entertainment options and their neighborhood legends — and the most Instagrammable spots. We start with East Passyunk. It’s home to arguably the most famous strGip of restaurants in the city and a history that predates the founding of Philadelphia.
VAPING IN PHILLY: TAX-FREE, NOT PROVEN SAFE BUT ‘I CAN FEEL MY LUNGS AGAIN’
Business has boomed at Anthony Fanelli’s vape shop on the 1600 block of Frankford Avenue in Fishtown over the last year as more people discover vaping as a means to quitting smoking. Last year, Nutter placed a citywide ban on vaping in restaurants, bars and public spaces, saying experts don’t yet know the long-term health effects of inhaling e-cigarette vapor either first or secondhand. But proponents say it’s a healthy alternative to cigarettes and shouldn’t be discouraged in Philadelphia, which has the highest rate of smoking among America’s largest cities at 25 percent of the adult population. Billy Penn looks at vaping in the city.
TO DO: WATCH A FLYERS GAME
WHAT: Flyers vs. the Vancouver Canucks
WHERE: The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Tickets start around $25
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YOU CAN’T GET CARNITAS AT PHILLY CHIPOTLES
Chipotle restaurants in University City, on Temple University’s campus, and two locations in Center City aren’t serving pork after what Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold told the Washington Post was an “animal welfare decision.” About a third of the chain’s stores were hit by the outage; workers here told Billy Penn they don’t know when the popular option would back on their menu.
VIDEO: IF COMCAST WAS YOUR BOYFRIEND
That guy who talks over you, “gives” you things you never asked for and then sticks you with the bill? Yeah, that’s pretty much Comcast. But hey, HBO fixes everything, right? You know what? This is a little too close to home to be funny. Oh, Comcast: Don’t ever change.