Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 25
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Sinkhole in Kensington! Photo via @kylielee83 on Instagram.
GIANT SINKHOLE OPENS IN KENSINGTON
The photo above was taken at Tulip and East Huntingdon streets in Kensington. Channel 6 says Water Department and Philadelphia Gas Works crews were sent to the scene for the report of a water main break; instead they found a hole big enough to swallow your car. As we reported earlier, it’s one of more than 800 the Streets Department has dealt with so far this year; last year, they fixed more than 1,800. Why? The short answer is geology. The long answer is here.
KATHLEEN KANE’S TWIN FAKES EVERYONE OUT AT COURTHOUSE
Yesterday Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer had a hearing on charges she illegally leaked grand jury information and then lied about it. After a really long time in the courtroom the judge decided there was enough evidence for Kathleen Kane to face a trial on those charges. But that wasn’t the interesting part. It was what happened when a woman who looked exactly like Kane drew all the cameras her way, allowing the Attorney General to walk in behind her. The decoy? Kane’s identical twin sister, Ellen Granahan Goffer, who (technically) works for Kane as a state attorney.
Just $35 for a three-course meal at a bunch of restaurants, from Girard to Refinery to Bourbon & Branch to El Camino Real (and more).
Where: Various locations at Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Penn's Landing
When: August 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to August 31, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $35
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SEPTA’S LATEST GUESS ON WHEN WE’LL FINALLY GET THE KEY
The Key, the new digital payment system that will take SEPTA into the 21st century, probably won’t be installed before the Papal visit at the end of September, but transit officials say they still hope to have the thing up and running by the end of the calendar year. SEPTA leaders have long touted the transit company’s still-yet-to-come electronic payment system (as you probably know, we’re still stuck with tokens and passes) that would allow consumers to load money onto cards and then tap their card on the turnstile to get on a train, bus or trolley. Here’s what’s taking so long.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW PHILLY GOT REALLY GOOD AT BEER
America has come a long way since the only beer choices in most Philly establishments were Bud, Miller or Coors Light. Craft breweries and imports account for an ever-growing slice of the revenue pie as the Big Three scramble to regain their foothold. Amid this ongoing beer renaissance, Philadelphia stands out. GQ, Esquire, Frommer’s, the AP and Forbes have all placed it at the top or near the top of best beer cities in the country — and, in the case of Frommer’s, in the world. Here’s the long and short of how we got that way.