Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 16
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THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE BRACKET’S ELITE 8
The Phillies are apparently the city’s favorite team — well, at least based on Billy Penn and Fox29’s Ultimate Philly Athlete bracket. We’re down to eight, and the Fightins have three athletes left, including 50s centerfield Richie Ashburn — he upset Allen Iverson in the last round. The Sixers have two players left, and the Eagles and Flyers have one each. Joe Frazier rounds it out. So, who ya got in this round? Voting lasts until Friday at noon.
DARK MONEY AND THE MAYOR’S RACE
The candidates for Philly mayor are broke, but don’t let that fool you — there are still millions of dollars at play this election cycle, writes Patrick Kerkstra at Philly Mag. Why? PACs and “dark money,” which could flood TV airwaves with attack ads (ok, sometimes biographical or issue ads — but let’s be real, attack ads). From education reformers to the union that opposes them, to big business and labor, here’s who could be trying to leverage a Supreme Court decision and crown the next mayor. Also in weekend mayoral revelations, apparently the Rev. Keith Goodman from North Philly is running, although there’s some question about whether he actually lives in the city, as required.
TO DO: SKATE WITH THE FLYERS ICE TEAM
WHAT: Flyers lunchtime skate-around with the ice team and alumni, featuring giveaways and activities while the kids are outta school.
WHERE: Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, Broad and Market streets
HOW MUCH: Skating admission is $3 for children, 10 and younger and $4 for adults. Skate rental is $8.
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SWIPE RIGHT: PHILLY TINDER IN THE NATION’S TOP 10
Newspapers should ALWAYS write about dating apps. That said, Saturday’s Daily News story that starts with a pair of suburban Tinder users contains a nugget of news that makes sense, given the city’s surge in millennial growth: A Tinder spokesperson confirmed “Philly is among 10 U.S. cities with the most Tinder users.” Because of course it is. Keep swipin’ right, you guys.
THE MEAL THAT SEALED THE DEAL FOR THE DNC IN PHILLY
In 1948, the last time the Democratic National Convention was held here, Harry S. Truman was the nominee, and chopped steak and cheese probably really was the best bite in town. Things are different now. The video announcing the location for the 2016 DNC might have shown chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz pulling a cheesesteak out of a fridge, but it wasn’t a sandwich that sealed the deal. It was a plate of angry crab spaghetti.