Newsletter for Friday, May 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The umbrellas at Morgan’s Pier were more helpful for rain yesterday than sun, but that will change this holiday weekend; photo via @keleggett on Instagram.
FEDS: TEMPLE PROF SOLD SECRETS TO CHINA
Xiaoxing Xi is the chair of Temple University’s physics department, but according to the U.S. government he’s also a spy for China. The 47-year-old Penn Valley resident, who also taught at Penn State, is an expert on superconductivity in metals. The Inquirer has a fascinating story about how Xi allegedly tried to leverage the work of a private U.S. company into a big job in China. But the feds are mum on what, exactly, Xi tried to steal, and what company he’s accused of selling out.
KENNEY EMAIL TOOL WAS THE FIRST FOR A MAYORAL CAMPAIGN
Were you one of the Jim Kenney campaign’s e-mail “Friends”? If so, you were watching next-generation campaign donation technology at work. The campaign of the newly-minted Democratic mayoral nominee pulled off a first for a mayoral campaign — it says it’s the first in the country to use ActBlue Express, an instant donation technology used in emails.
HOW CORRUPT POLITICAN VINCE FUMO GAVE JIM KENNEY AN EARLY HAND
Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney cut his political teeth as a young politician under Vince Fumo. Fumo ruled Philadelphia, absolutely ruled it, until a federal indictment in 2007. He was later convicted on 137 counts of corruption. How big a deal was Vince Fumo in Philly politics? Pretty much impossible to avoid, until he went to prison. Here’s a look at the man who gave young James Kenney a leg up in politics.
TO DO: SWING IN A HAMMOCK BY THE DELAWARE
WHAT: Spruce Street Harbor Park — it opens today
WHERE: 121 N. Columbus Blvd
WHEN: 11 AM – 1 AM
HOW MUCH: FREE
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY ‘PENN KIDS’ ARE NOT WELCOME AT THESE PHILLY BARS
Known in the industry as “Penn Kids,” they arrive in busloads, tumbling out of vehicles equipped with bent cans of cheap beer and water bottles filled with vodka. According to several Philly bars that have hosted these parties, students often show up late for their reservations, mainly because they are too busy pre-gaming. They rarely spend much money — in part because they drink so much ahead of time — and when they do, they seldom tip appropriately. And that’s why they’re pretty much banned from some Philly bars.
20 YEARS AGO, THE FIRST YARDS WAS HAND-TAPPED
It’s been a long, strange trip for Yards Brewery. But the Philadephia powerhouse got its start 20 years ago one Friday at Manayunk’s Dawson Street Pub. It was a close call, too. The special equipment used to hand-tap the keg was held up for a while at customs — they thought it was some kind of gun. That didn’t stop the happy hour, though, and the hit that the beer became.