Newsletter for Monday, Nov. 2
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Come Dec. 25, 35 homes on this Tacony block will be lit up top to bottom. Which is why they start decorating Nov. 1.; photo via @greebystreetlights on Instagram.
THE LONG HISTORY BETWEEN KATHLEEN KANE’S EMAIL-SHOPPING CONSULTANT AND PA CASINOS
Meet Ken Smukler. You’ve seen his name lately in stories from The Inquirer and The Legal Intelligencer about a veteran politican consultant shopping leaked emails to local press, in a bid to smear Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s political opponents. And remember how Kane quashed a subpoena from a 2013 grand jury into Louis DeNaples, a Scranton millionaire with reported mob ties who was also a Pennsylvania Casino Association member. Well, Smukler was also that association’s executive director and confidant of DeNaples. Settle in, because have we got a story for you.
THERE’S AN APPLICATION FOR AN LGBT-FRIENDLY CHARTER SCHOOL IN PHILLY
The School District of Philadelphia is once again accepting charter school applications, and has received 22 letters of intent with two weeks still to go. As NewsWorks reports, one application is for Baldwin Charter High School — a proposed LGBT-friendly school that’s planning to use a vacant building in Mantua. The school would have an LGBT awareness curriculum and, its founder says, better enforce behavior toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. It’s very likely Baldwin’s application may not be successful. Last year, the School Reform Commission approved six of the 40 applications it received.
The spot where the Atlantic Ocean mixes with the Delaware River is a critical part of the region's ecosystem, and you can help keep it healthy by eating and drinking with scientists who know how to make it happen. Tickets include apps, Delaware Bay oysters and two drinks of your choice.
Where: Oyster House at 1516 Sansom St.
When: November 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $40
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THE LOGIC BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? NOSTALGIA
What pleases candy hounds in one state can be anathema to sweets lovers in another. For example, milk chocolate is preferred in the American South, while there’s an area that stretches from Buffalo, N.Y., down across the Eastern Seaboard where dark chocolate handily wins the taste battle. Why? Because candy habits typically start in childhood, and that first sweet tooth is hard to let go. We spoke with a couple candy experts, including Unwrapped host Marc Summers, about who likes which candies and why.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LGBT AFFAIRS BALLOT QUESTION
Should Philly change the Home Rule Charter to make permanent the Office of LGBT Affairs? Did you even know we have an Office of LGBT Affairs? When you vote tomorrow — that’s when, not if — you’ll be asked to answer this and two other questions. So let’s start here: Yes, this office exists, and it’s run by a woman named Nellie Fitzpatrick. Here’s what she does and how the office functions currently. About those two other ballot questions? The Committee of Seventy has you covered.