Newsletter for Monday, July 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Gastly spotting in South Philly. You catch ’em all yet? (Instagram via @holdens_huntinghat).
GET THE LATEST SEPTA REGIONAL RAIL SCHEDULE
So begins week two of SEPTA’s modified schedule. The transit agency announced last week that it’s leasing cars from other cities and states to get through the Silverliner V kerfluffle, which is expected to last at least through summer. The Interim Weekday Schedule is in effect of this morning until further notice. See what times your train is running.
PENNSYLVANIA IS GETTING A BUDGET
Budget stalemates are so 2015. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday his plans to let a $31 billion spending bill lapse into law without his signature, but refused to sign it because it’s still not clear where all the revenue will come from. Talks of a $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase and a gambling extension are in the works. It seems very likely we’ll have a state budget late tonight. Senate Democrats released statements Sunday night applauding the bipartisan effort.
FORMER PHILLY POLICE COMMISSIONER: ‘WE’RE AT A VERY CRITICAL POINT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY’
Protests in Philly turned militant over the weekend (but remained non-violent) following deaths of black men and police officers in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas last week. But Philly wasn’t an exception this weekend; activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson was arrested during protests in Baton Rouge. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey appeared on NBC News Sunday morning to discuss how to move forward. Ramsey made a name for himself nationally before leaving Philly last year, and was chosen in 2014 to lead President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The Frizwit isn't a fancy cheesesteak, just a damn good one. The 'sabih' is an eggplant hoagie that's common in the Middle East, but not often served here. Here's a chance to try them both.
Where: Philly Style Bagels at 1451 E. Columbia St. 19125
When: July 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $12 per cheesesteak; $10 per sabih
BILLY PENN LIKES
YOU’LL BE ABLE TO BUY WINE IN A GROCERY STORE AROUND THANKSGIVING. HOPEFULLY.
The changes to Pennsylvania’s liquor law that will finally make it possible to buy wine in a grocery store go into effect next month. But Pa. isn’t used to things moving so quickly, so don’t expect to walk into Acme in August and pick up a bottle of Cab. “The LCB was taken a tad bit by surprise by this,” a House Republicans spokesperson told Philly.com about the new liquor laws moving through the Capitol so quickly. It’ll take some time to actually set up the system that allows grocery stores to sell wine. So expect the changes to take effect around Thanksgiving. Ish. Maybe. We’ll see.
PHILLY CHEFS ANSWER THE BURNING QUESTION: IS A BURGER A SANDWICH?
You can put pretty much anything on a burger and it’ll be delicious — bacon, bleu cheese, butter, mac ‘n’ cheese… It comes on roll. It typically has key hoagie ingredients like lettuce, tomato and onion. But is a burger a sandwich? No better place to find out than at the annual Burger Brawl event. We asked the masters behind some of Philly’s favorite burgers what they think. Watch their responses and tell us if you think a burger qualifies as a sandwich.