Newsletter for Monday, Dec. 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Sunday night’s #BlackOutPhilly protest march at the steps of the Art Museum. Photo by Instagram user @ericazav.
INQUIRER: LOOKS LIKE KANE LIED, MISLED IN DROPPING BRIBERY PROBE
It’s a long read in the Sunday paper, but it’s worth the trip. In painstaking detail (and probably a Pulitzer application), Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy walk us through what Kane said about why she couldn’t prosecute an investigation of bribery among Democratic legislators from Philly. Once the Inky broke the news that Kane had dropped the case, Philly D.A. Seth Williams picked it up — and so far three of the five targets have been charged, and one’s pleaded guilty. McCoy and Couloumbis’ reporting shows Kane misled reporters (and, therefore, the public) about notes she kept into the investigation, and also apparently created and back-dated documents to back up her account.
THE MAYOR’S RACE: ROWHOMES VS. REFORMERS
Finally, Philadelphia Magazine deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra has set the scene for the 2015 Democratic primary in a way we can all understand. Come for the Darrell Clarke/Michael Nutter Mean Girls analogy on the PGW sale (“Stop trying to make fetch happen!”), and stay for the breakdown of who’s running and why it’s important. In a nutshell: We could wind up with a mayor who’s more concerned with cutting deals and protecting their power base than building on the progress of a city that’s become a magnet for millennials and a lure for everything from Forbes Magazine to the Pope.
PHILLY PEOPLE = HALF THE TEAM ADVISING WOLF ON SCHOOLS
The Notebook‘s Dale Mezzacappa has a look at the people advising our soon-to-be governor Tom Wolf on education — and a whopping half of that team have Philly ties. As the Notebook notes, none of the members could speak yet to what their committee will do, and how much weight it will hold. But it does include one Philly teacher: Jim Hardy, who teaches social studies at Kensington Health Sciences High School and founder of a soccer club there.
TO DO: WATCH THE NUTCRACKER ALREADY
WHAT: George Ballantine’s “The Nutcracker” from the Pennsylvania Ballet
WHERE: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
WHEN: 2 PM
HOW MUCH: Tickets start at $32.50 and get super pricey
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FOOBOOZ RANKS THE 50 BEST PHILLY RESTAURANTS
Philly Mag’s Foobooz has ranked the top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia, just in time for those last-minute shoppers who thrive on gift certificates. This year’s list includes 23 new restaurants, including the no. 1 pick: Nick Elmi’s Laurel in South Philly. Go, browse, get hungry, and argue in the comments.
4 PHILLY CHEFS EAT THEIR WAY THROUGH A FLYERS GAME
Billy Penn sent four local food pros to the Wells Fargo center for a Flyers game. Our hockey-fan panel consisted of Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Rival Brothers’ Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi, and Border Springs Farm at the Reading Terminal’s Nick Macri. Their top picks for stadium food might just surprise you.