Newsletter for Thursday, Nov. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sun sets behind a proud fleet at the Navy Yard; photo via @foodsyoucaneat on Instagram.
LAYOFFS HIT INQUIRER, DAILY NEWS, PHILLY.COM
The new reality for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com is becoming clearer — yesterday, the Newspaper Guild learned how many positions would be cut from its newsrooms, and who the company was targeting. It’s a total of 46 staffers; 17 each from the Daily News and Philly.com, and a dozen from the Inquirer. But those numbers are deceiving. In terms of percentage of staff, it’s a much bigger hit to the Daily News and Philly.com, which lose roughly a quarter and half of their editorial staffs. It represents a loss of less than 10 percent of the Inquirer’s newsroom of more than 200 employees.
HOW AND WHEN PHILLY TURNED BLUE
Know how Philadelphia votes overwhelmingly Democratic in every election? Well it started happening in local elections in the 1950s. But before that in the 30s and 40s Philadelphians began voting for Democratic presidential candidates despite having many more registered Republicans. With information and graphs from Al Schmidt of the City Commissioners office, we explained Philly’s blue shift.
WE VOTED! WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT WHO WE ELECTED
Jim Kenney. Al Taubenberger. David Oh (probably.) Kevin Dougherty. There are lots of names you’re seeing after the dust settled on the election results. But who are these people, and what does it all mean? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know about who you just elected.
The 215 Festival celebrates the written, spoken and visualized word. On opening night, catch readings from Philly authors Sarah Blake and Annie Liontas, followed by a readers-and-writers party, feat. rapper/producer Lushlife (aka Raj Haldar) and poets from Apiary Magazine.
Where: Ortlieb's at 847 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
When: November 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. to November 6, 2015 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHO’S NEXT: 17 YOUNG PEOPLE CHANGING POLITICS
Philly has some impressive young people in its political scene. Billy Penn has been showing off some of Philly’s best leaders for a year now, and it’s time to bring it back to where it all started: Politics. So we’re recognizing these people and some of their peers as outstanding young leaders in this month’s version of Who’s Next. They’re the next generation of politicians, fundraisers and strategists representing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
THE ESSENTIAL PHILLY FOOD ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER
It’s great to live in a city with such a vibrant restaurant scene, but it can be near impossible to keep up with the rapid pace of new openings, chef swaps and neverending rain of specials and events. And what ingredients are sustainable, and how much does it matter? Who is or isn’t being paid a fair wage or getting benefits, and do tips figure into the equation? Should chefs cater to diet and allergy trends? What kind of reviews actually matter? Happily, we’ve got an extremely active group of locals who post daily tweets about all of the above — overall, Philly food Twitter is strong. Here are the top 11 accounts to follow if you want to stay in the know (and stay hungry).