Newsletter for Tuesday, June 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
New mural on Germantown Avenue is coming together; photo via @phillystory on Instagram.
CONFEDERATE FLAG MAY COME DOWN IN SC; PA STILL HAS NEGRO MOUNTAIN
As the nation argues over the flying of Confederate flags in wake of last week’s shooting in Charleston, no one’s talking about the landmark in Pennsylvania that still stands tall with a wildly racist name. Philadelphia Rep. Rosita Youngblood has been trying (unsuccessfully) for eight years to get the name of “Negro Mountain” changed. The mountain, which includes Pennsylvania’s highest point, is a 30-mile stretch of land in Somerset County, an area in southwestern PA that falls along the Maryland border. In February, her latest attempt to change the name got stalled in committee; here’s why.
WHEN THAT JOEPA BEER IS COMING TO PHILLY
Penn Staters can prepare to toast the Nittany Lions with the likeness of its most revered coach. This August, Duquesne Beer will introduce the Paterno Legacy Series, a new line of brews that kicks off with a Vienna-style lager emblazoned with Joe Paterno’s likeness. Joe Paterno, who died from cancer in 2012, was the winningest Division I football coach in history. Here’s why the coach — who famously drank whiskey, and not beer — will be on the brew, and why it’s coming to Philly.
TO DO: FREE GELATO IN DILWORTH PARK
WHAT: PECO’s Coolest Summer Ever event, feat. Billy Penn (hi!) plus radio personalities from 104.5, a chance to meet the guy from FUN., and frisbees and stuff
WHERE: Dilworth Park
WHEN: Noon – 1 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
STATE POLICE REVEAL THE 10 BIGGEST LIQUOR OFFENDERS IN PHILLY
Like restaurants, bars and beer distributors are under obligation to follow a litany of requirements and regulations that are set by the Liquor Control Board and enforced by State Police, whether it’s keeping certain records or just not selling booze to minors. Through a request with the State Police’s Liquor Control Enforcement Division, Billy Penn found the bars in Philly that racked up the highest number of violations charges in the last three years. From Mayfair, to Fishtown, to University City, these are the top 10 licensees within the city limits that have had the most liquor-related charges in the last three years.
MEET THE PA LAWMAKER TRYING TO ‘END’ PAYDAY LOANS BY LEGALIZING THEM
Earlier this month, state Sen. John Yudichak tried to get things started on a bill that “ends payday lending” in the state. It sounds like an odd goal, probably because if you live here in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania, they’re illegal. These short-term, high-interest rate loans infamous for trapping low-income borrowers in a debt cycle are not possible because of state laws that cap annual interest rates between about 24 and 28 percent. So what is Yudichak, a Democrat representing the 14th District in Northeast Pennsylvania, up to?