Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Christmas on Jewelers’ Row looks magical even when it’s unseasonably warm. (Instagram via @tommybaboon).
SHOCKER: KATHLEEN KANE’S SISTER TRADED RACY EMAILS
We get it: You’re sick of hearing about porn and emails. And well you should! Attorney General Kathleen Kane has called press conferences to castigate the “old boys network” in Pennsylvania she says is embodied in the racist, porny emails they forward each other. So yesterday, when a prosecutor in D.A. Seth Williams’ office suggested reporters check into Kane’s own emails, those selfsame reporters couldn’t help but be intrigued. And after pressure, Kane’s office divulged that she and her sister, Ellen Granahan (who leads the office’s child protection unit) had actually swapped racist and sexist emails. The Inquirer has the details on the straight-outta-Scandal plot twist.
UBER BLACK, CAB PROTEST SNARLS CITY HALL TRAFFIC
Cab drivers, limousine drivers and UberBlack operators parked their cars in the streets of Center City Philadelphia at noon Wednesday, snarling traffic as they protested UberX and Lyft ridesharing services. The licensed drivers who face regulations in the city feel they’re losing business to ridesharing services that remain unregulated and aren’t technically legal in Philadelphia. UberBlack drivers are legal, licensed limousine drivers, and their feud with UberX (the more traditional ridesharing experience) has been brewing for months. Here’s a look at how they protested.
Every year, 150 localities host gatherings for Homeless Memorial Day to honor the lives of the homeless and formerly homeless people who died that year.
Where: Thomas Paine Plaza at 1401 JFK Blvd. 19102
When: December 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
BRUCE ARIANS, ONETIME TEMPLE COACH, NFL PLAYOFF BOUND
Temple hired Bruce Arians in 1983 after the retirement of Wayne Hardin. Hardin had coached for 11 years and steered Temple toward something resembling respectability. Arians was pegged to build some consistency and get Temple closer to the level of the other top teams in the east. Instead, he got fired. Now he’s back in town — considered the mastermind of an Arizona Cardinals team that, unlike the Eagles, has already secured a postseason berth. Here’s what happened during Arians’ stint as the football coach for the Owls.
TBT: THAT ONE TIME MAD ELF EXPLODED
Since 2002, Mad Elf has been Pennsylvania’s holiday beverage of choice. The cherry and honey flavored beer with an 11 percent alcohol content sells out every year with beer stores having to limit sales per person or overcharge. It is a beer sought after equally by beer snobs and mainstream drinkers. And this beer, which makes so many people go crazy, has a crazy origin story to match: Mad Elf started with a literal boom.