Newsletter for Friday, Nov. 7
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Fall on UPenn’s campus, via Instagram user @ccphilly.
THE HOWS AND WHYS OF REWARDS FOR PHILLY’S CRIMES
You see the numbers start to flash after every major crime — “A reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in this case.” But did you know the tipsters who provide that information get a secret code with which to claim their reward? And it’s on them to follow the case through the court system? Billy Penn looks at how rewards work in Philadelphia — and how they have less to do with the Philadelphia Police Department than you might think.
BILLY PENN PRESENTS WHO’S NEXT: 18 NEW LEADERS IN POLITICS
For Billy Penn‘s first Who’s Next list, we decided to showcase people working (largely behind the scenes) in politics. People like Jordan Harris, the Point Breeze native who, before becoming one of the youngest people elected to the State House of Representatives, created a program that helped 600 city high school students graduate. Or Kellan White, a Philadelphia City Council aide who’s also the founder of a program that brought together civically engaged millennials in the city. Or JJ Abbott: He’s near the top of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s list of deputies and, as communications director, helped her navigate major news events like re-examining the Jerry Sandusky investigation, and state officials caught emailing pornography on the taxpayers’ dime. Read our picks here — and let us know, via firstname.lastname@example.org, who we ought to consider next.
AFTER BOOS IN FRONT OF OBAMA, WHAT’S NEXT FOR MAYOR NUTTER?
When Mayor Michael Nutter was inaugurated in 2007, he shook 5,000 hands, working his way through a line that stretched around City Hall. Yet on Sunday, a crowd at a rally for Democrat Tom Wolf booed Philadelphia’s mayor — even after President Obama said his name. With two terms under his belt and candidates jockeying to replace him, Billy Penn looks at Nutter’s potential next moves.
TO DO: THE PHILLY BIKE EXPO
WHAT: “Now in its 5th year, the Philly Bike Expo promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels.”
WHERE: The Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
WHEN: 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday and Sunday
HOW MUCH: $8 for a day pass
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THE PHILLY HISTORY TRUCK IS MAKING A PAIR OF STOPS
The mission of the Philadelphia Public History Truck is to share the city’s stories at workshops and art exhibits. Their four-wheeled ambassador, the “Touch Of Philly,” is making a pair of Storytelling Block Parties over the next two weeks. They’re looking for neighborhood folks to share historic maps, records, and food — the first such stop is Saturday from 2-5 PM at Philadelphia Urban Creators, 2315 N 11th Street. The second stop, on Saturday, Nov. 15, is a block party called “A Lot More Historical“ from 4 to 6:30pm on North 13th Street between York and Letterly Streets. Geekadelphia has the details.
THE SUPER-SIZED CITYWIDE SPECIAL: A BEER, A SHOT, AND… A SANDWICH
OK, it’s a twist on the traditional beer-and-a-shot combo. But at places like Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham, you can get a pimiento cheese burger, fries, a beer and a bourbon for $18 on Fridays and Saturdays. Or try the “Drunk and Cheesy” in Fishtown’s Cedar Point & Kitchen: Grilled cheese, fries, beer and a shot for $13. Philly Mag rounds up the delicious examples.