Newsletter for Friday, Jan. 30
IF PHILLY’S MAYORAL CANDIDATES WERE ON ‘THE WIRE’
Lynne Abraham announced her candidacy 42 times, Doug Oliver announced his announcement 12 times and Jim Kenney has managed to not actually declare his candidacy about 306 times. And of course there are the old standbys, Tony Williams and Milton Street; they’re no strangers to Pennsylvania ballots. So assuming everyone knows we’re not actually saying your next mayor is either a drug dealer, an addict, a corrupt politician or a morally questionable cop, let’s go ahead and compare Philly’s mayoral candidates to each other as if they were characters on The Wire.
EX-CUSTOMER SERVICE DIRECTOR: HOW TO FIX COMCAST
Frank Eliason started the @ComcastCares Twitter account for Comcast, and rose to become Director of Customer Service at the cable giant before leaving in 2010. In the wake of the company changing a customer’s first name to “Asshole” on a bill, Eliason penned a guest column for Billy Penn about how the Philadelphia telecom institution can change its culture for the better.
WHY THE STATE TREASURER RESIGNED ALLASUDDEN
Rob McCord, Pennsylvania’s state Treasurer, tendered his resignation on Thursday. Everyone thought that was pretty odd, with McCord being a loyal Democrat and all. Later in the day, things got a bit clearer when a report surfaced that federal investigators are looking into whether McCord improperly used campaign money, which maybe had something to do with the quickie exit.
TO DO: EAT SOUP AND DRINK BOOZE
WHAT: The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Pea Soup and Punsch dinner; soup, alcoholic punch, bread and sharp cheese
WHERE: 1900 Pattison Avenue
WHEN: 6 PM Saturday, Jan. 31
HOW MUCH: $25 ($20 for members)
BILLY PENN LIKES
12 PHOTOS OF DILAPIDATED SEPTA TROLLEYS
Photographer Steve Weinik shot a bunch of old SEPTA trolleys at a storage station in Juniata, then posted the results to Philly Reddit. The photos are kind of mesmerizing, a look at old Philly transit through a layer of peeling paint, graffiti and grime. Via Philebrity.com.
PHILLY PIT BULL IS IN THE PUPPY BOWL
The Eagles aren’t in the Super Bowl this year, and frankly, we haven’t forgiven them for blowing it 10 years ago. But Jamison the pit bull will rep Philly at this year’s Puppy Bowl. The 6-month-old was found abandoned over the summer covered in cigarette burns and suffering from seizures. But after foster care and adoption, Jamison is happy, healthy and now living in Downingtown. NewsWorks has some adorable photos of Jamison, and you can watch the Puppy Bowl Sunday at 3 PM on Animal Planet.