News for Wednesday, July 1
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Rainy on South Street, and everywhere else in the city, yesterday; photo via @mesworthy on Instagram.
WOLF MAKES HISTORY WITH BUDGET VETO
Tommy Wolf made history last night by vetoing a budget sent to him by Republicans in the Legislature. It’s the first time a sitting Pennsylvania governor did that since 1976, per the Patriot-News. You’ve got to go back 39 years, to governor Milton Shapp, for the last time that happened. In that case two-thirds of the Legislature overruled that sucker, and forced it through – that won’t happen this time. What will? Well, not much for right now. Pennsylvania is no stranger to late budgets. But something’s got to get lawmakers to start compromising on their sticking points: Privatizing booze, education funding, a gas tax, state employee pensions and property taxes. “I am truly sorry we are at this place,” Wolf said; just before that, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Republican from Jefferson County, told reporters the Governor “will have difficulty passing that red-faced test to veto a budget that’s balanced without tax increases and come back and ask for $4 billion. Citizens of Pennsylvania ain’t buyin’ that snake oil.”
DUTCH ARTIST SOUNDS OFF ON TALL SHIPS’ BROKEN DUCK
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has a lot to say about the Tall Ships Festival’s rubber duck fiasco. In case you missed it, the massive rubber duck that was the centerpiece of last weekend’s event couldn’t handle the Delaware River. It sustained a 60-foot gash on Thursday and didn’t make a comeback. This Philadelphia duck wasn’t Hofman’s, though. It was built and operated by Draw Events, an event management company based in Minnesota. Earlier this month, Hofman claimed in an interview with Philly Mag that Tall Ships was illegally using his design. He had originally contracted with Tall Ships for using his design patterns for the duck sculpture in Los Angeles but not here. “That’s what you get when you’re using an unauthorized work,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview.
TO DO: NEW FLAVORS OF FEDNUTS
WHAT: Chocolate Tehina, Peach Cobbler and Creme Brulee flavors from Federal Donuts
WHERE: N3rd Market, Church Street between 2nd and 3rd
WHEN: 2 PM
HOW MUCH: $2.50 per donut / $20 per dozen
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HOW TO HOST A PHILLY BLOCK PARTY
This summer, you’ll almost certainly attend a block party, be invited to one or at the very least be driving through the city on a Saturday afternoon and be forced to detour around one. Philadelphia is the king of these celebrations. Last year, according to the Streets Department, the city issued about 6,000 licenses to throw a block party. Over the next two months, around 3,300 block parties alone will be scheduled, if the July and August see as many applications for block parties as last year. Here’s a pocket guide for how to throw one of your own.
WHEN ST. LOUIS EXPECTED A MILLION FOR THE POPE AND DIDN’T GET THEM
It’s just a few months before a popular Pope is coming to town for two days to conduct a public mass and ride in his motorcade down the main corridor of the city. Officials are scrambling to shut down streets and perform massive security checks for the onslaught of more than a million tourists. Businesses are hunkering down, but also prepping for the economic boom they’ve been waiting for. It’s true today in Philadelphia. It was also true a few months before January 1999 in St. Louis, MO. More than a million were expected; nowhere near that many showed up.