Newsletter for Monday, May 4
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INQ, PHILLY MAG MEH-NDORSE FOR #PHL2015
Well, Jim Kenney and Anthony Williams got what are normally coveted endorsements for their bids for the Democratic mayoral candidacy. But — besides the very real question of who in the city really reads the Inquirer or Philadelphia Magazine, which are pitched mostly at the suburbs these days — there’s the content of the editorials. Both are, well, “meh.” The Inquirer‘s “narrow” choice of Williams basically calls the state senator the lesser of two union-backed evils. (Pretty important to note that Inq owner, billionaire philanthropist Gerry Lenfest, donated to Williams’ exploratory PAC.) Philly Mag spends a lot of space complaining about how weak the field is (sure to boost voter turnout, well done, guys) before talking about a weird “old Kenney, new Kenney” split, and betting on the latter category. (Oh ICYMI, Doug Oliver nabbed his first endorsement late last night from millennial PAC Philly Set Go.) Either way, we’re only a few weeks away from this thing. And while endorsements from places that don’t directly control votes (unions! neighborhood groups!) are nice, right now, the game is on the ground. Who’s going to get out the vote?
PHILLY IS BALTIMORE? HOW THE CITIES STACK UP, ILLUSTRATED
Thousands of Philadelphians took to the streets last week to decry the police killing of Freddie Gray and protest police brutality that takes place across the nation — even in our hometown. The protest, dubbed “Philly Is Baltimore,” aimed to show solidarity for Charm City. FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver pointed out that Baltimore, though it’s quite segregated, has a lot in common with Philly, Atlanta, Cleveland and others. So we pulled some charts from the Pew Charitable Trust’s most recent State of the City report, which compares Philadelphia to other major American cities, including Baltimore. Here’s how Philly and Baltimore stack up with respect to their poverty rates, median household income, college graduation rates and more.
PA’S MEDICAL POT BILL COULD ESCAPE THE SENATE THIS WEEK
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill has been highly-touted as the next progressive thing that Harrisburg is willing to compromise on, especially in order to help children with debilitating seizure disorders. Last week, the bill, AKA Senate Bill 3, passed through the Senate State Government Committee, and the measure will head to the Appropriations Committee by Monday. In theory, the bill could pass through the Senate as early as this Wednesday. But it’s maybe not as comprehensive as some other states’ bills.
TO DO: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU, NOW GO DRINK
WHAT: Star Wars Bar Crawl: Feat. drink specials, trivia, costumes, etc.
WHERE: Various bars on South Street; starts at The Legendary Dobbs
WHEN: 5 PM-?
HOW MUCH: Varies
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WHO KNEW? PHILLY’S GREAT FOR PARKOUR TOO
Welcome to HFS Parkour, Philadelphia’s first and only Parkour gym. You’ve probably heard of Parkour or the part of it known as free running. They joked about it on an episode of “The Office.” Daniel Craig’s James Bond did it in “Casino Royale,” chasing down an enemy. And the “American Ninja Warrior” TV series, which features contestants trying to go through obstacle after obstacle, airs on NBC. We went inside the gym and talked to its regulars, who are big fans of flipping out (literally) all over a city they say is made for their sport.
CHIP KELLY, MAYOR NUTTER, OTHER PHILLY FACES IN THAT AGE THINGIE
So there’s this new tool circulating across the Internet called How-Old.net. Developed by Microsoft, this crazy website allows you to search for photos or upload your own. It then analyzes the face and guesses how old the person depicted is. It was our civic duty to do this for Philadelphia’s local celebs. Some people’s pictures are absolutely their age. Others? Not so much.