Newsletter for Thursday, August 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
According to the artist behind this custom pizza box, more than a million of these suckers were printed — but good luck getting delivery once the Pope Fence goes up. Photo via @cellorosegallery on Instagram.
MAYOR NUTTER CUTS LOOSE AT PITTSBURGH IMPROV: ‘I LEAVE IN JANUARY, SO WTF’
Mayor Michael Nutter was the main attraction at the annual Candidates Comedy Night. The fundraiser in Pittsburgh for the Allegheny County Musical Festival Fund, supports programs for children in the Department of Human Services. Now in its 16th year, the fund has raised more than $700,000 for DHS since its inception. And Nutter was not the only one representing the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty said the city was looking forward to the Pope’s visit next month. “We’re hoping he will change the polluted water in the Schuylkill River to polluted wine,” Dougherty said. “He absolutely told the truth,” Nutter said of Dougherty, “he is not funny. But that’s why he’ll be a great Supreme Court justice… But, I leave in January, so what the fuck.” More Nutter jokes here.
PHILLY POLICE ARE ALMOST DUE A $10 MILLION BONUS
Philadelphia will pay its police officers a one-time cash bonus that could cost the city about $10 million — provided the department is accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association by the end of September 2015. That’s when Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families will require an increased number of police on the street. Details on the clause in the contract and what it means for police are right here.
For those of you who didn't get tickets for, don't want to go to or couldn't find white clothing without stains for Diner en Blanc.
Where: The Schuylkill Banks at 24th and Walnut streets 19103
When: August 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free but registration is required
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WHY PHILLY IS A DESERT FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS
Philadelphia is a great sports town. Though the professional teams have been struggling lately, allegiances to the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers are taken to extreme levels. But what about college football? Ever feel like you can’t get anyone to join you to watch SEC football at the Fieldhouse, or pay the $7 or so it costs to attend a Temple game at the Linc? There’s a reason. Philadelphia might be one of the worst places to live in America if you want to enjoy college football.
NEW MAYORAL DEBATE DRAMA: NO 3RD PARTY CANDIDATES ALLOWED
“I am just as much a candidate as the others and should not have to beg for recognition.” That’s Jim Foster, one of three third party candidates you’ll see on the mayoral ballot this fall. So far three debates have been scheduled between Republican Melissa Murray Bailey and Democrat Jim Kenney. But Foster, fellow Independent Boris Kindij and Socialist Osborne Hart haven’t been invited. So why can’t they participate but six Democrats — including underdog Milton Street — can duke it out across dozens of primary debates? The answer is so simple it’s maddening.