Newsletter for Friday, Aug. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Spotted on South Street, an ode to “Gee, Baby, ain’t I good to you?” Photo via @lolas_lens on Instagram.
LATEST POLL: HILLARY IS LEADING BY A WHOPPING 40 POINTS IN THE PHILLY ‘BURBS
If it’s true that Pennsylvania is won and lost in the Philadelphia suburbs, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in for some good news. The latest Franklin and Marshall poll shows Clinton is up 40 points to Donald Trump in Southeastern Pennsylvania — and that doesn’t include Philadelphia, where she’s up even more. The poll of 661 people shows Clinton leads Trump 49 percent to 38 percent among likely voters overall. Here’s why that’s huge for Hillz.
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO HAVE A LEGAL DUMPSTER POOL?
Dumpster pool creators Justyn Myers and Jake Long did not contact L&I or the Water Department before showing everyone in Port Fishington they needed to step their block party game up. And now, their neighbors — the entire 2400 block of Cedar Street — are indefinitely banned from block parties by the Streets Department, something that will only change at this city department’s discretion, with advisement from local police. But what would it take for a Philadelphia resident, respectful of the city’s processes, to build their own dumpster pool?
PHILLY DONKEY ARTISTS: WE GOT SCREWED BY THE DNC HOST COMMITTEE
A representative for artists who painted 57 fiberglass donkeys says the Democratic National Convention Host Committee enticed the artists into sharing profits after their sale at auction, only to later learn the vast majority were given away for free. But Gov. Ed Rendell, the head of the DNC Host Committee, says she’s “absolutely dead wrong,” and each artist signed a contract stating he or she was aware the donkeys could be gifted. Here’s what we found when we looked into it.
To kick off the 20th season of August Friday jazz performances on the waterfront, Avery*Sunshine will wow with her rich, earthy voice and sweet keyboard skills.
Where: Penn's Landing at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: August 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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SHOULD PHILLY TRY TO HOST AN OLYMPICS?
Philadelphia has always been a big city, rich with American history. But, globally, Philly hasn’t always been considered a big event city, perhaps because while the history is rich, the city, itself, isn’t. Big events cost big money, and while Philly has successfully hosted big events in the past — Live Aid, the RNC, several All-Star weekends — the major events in the last few years have made people around the world take notice. Could the city be capable of scaling up for an event like the Olympics? Here’s a look at what it takes.
SORRY FOLKS, THAT SCRAPPLE ICE CREAM PIC IS FAKE
Maybe you’ve seen that photo on Facebook of Wegmans brand scrapple ice cream. Maybe you want to believe. The feasibility of scrapple ice cream’s existence explains why it was so easy for a photo showing a pint of Wegmans brand “Fresh Scrapple” frozen treat to go viral. It does look pretty real, with the purple-to-white pint container featuring meaty chunks next to the callout “Scrapple Chunks with Real Maple Syrup Added.” Alas, the photo is fantasy. But the backstory of the fake is worth reading.