Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Finding geometry in the skyscrapers of Center City; photo via @someguyinphilly on Instagram.
MORE SNOW IS COMING, BUT THIS WON’T BE LIKE LAST TIME
Snow is back on its way into Philly, but don’t worry: This likely won’t be the snowmageddon that hit the region last time around. Meteorologists with 6ABC are forecasting for some wet snow this morning in the Philadelphia area (more in South Jersey), but more snow showers are likely to move into the area tonight, without much accumulation expected. Tomorrow, periods of snow throughout the day and into the nighttime hours could lead to two to four inches of the white stuff.
WING BOWL VS. THE SUPER BOWL: ARE THEY REALLY THAT DIFFERENT?
As Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger left her first Wing Bowl and made her way to the Broad Street Line subway, weaving between packs of smiling bros and listening to the street sax player poking out plaintive notes of “Gonna Fly Now,” the first thing that popped into her head was gladiators. As raunchy and raucous as WIP’s annual eating competition was, she thought, at least our stadium spectacles no longer involve watching humans actually kill each other, or try to fight off wild animals, like they did in ancient Rome. The historical comparison was quickly followed by a more contemporary idea: Is Wing Bowl really that much worse than the Super Bowl?
'Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State' brings together the Federalist Society's Dean Reuter, legal scholar John Yoo, Center for Equal Opportunity president Linda Chavez and others for a discussion about why government bloat is a threat to freedom.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: February 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free; registration recommended
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CHAKA FATTAH HASN’T WORRIED ABOUT HIS SEAT IN A LONG TIME
Veteran politician Chaka Fattah hasn’t faced an opponent in a primary race for his second district congressional seat since first winning it in 1994. For context, AOL’s Instant Messenger wasn’t even around then, to say nothing of the sophisticated ways that politicians target voters in 2016. Does Fattah still have the political, personal and financial wherewithal to run in a competitive Democratic primary for his seat?
ICYMI: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO CHINATOWN
Is Chinatown the most overlooked neighborhood in Center City? Ask Chinatown native Albert Lee, and he’ll argue that it is. Perhaps best known as unofficial ambassador for Philadelphia via his ultra-popular @urphillypal Instagram account (37.9k followers, yo), Lee is waging his own personal marketing campaign for the area where he grew up as a first-generation Chinese-American. He wants his city-compatriots to recognize that the area from 8th and Race to 12th and Vine is more than just a place to stop for a dim sum brunch or a post-bar snack. So he told us about some of his favorite spots.