Newsletter for Tuesday, Dec. 8
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A South Philly Christmas, Awareness Cone-style; photo via @sylviebeauvais on Instagram.
PIG HEAD AT PHILLY MOSQUE; NUTTER, KENNEY DECRY DISCRIMINATION
Surveillance video shows a red pickup truck cruising past the Al Aqsa Islamic Society on Germantown Avenue twice at around 11 am Sunday, according to the Inquirer. On the second pass, the passenger tossed out a package. It turned out to be a severed pig’s head, considered a grave insult to Muslims — and it’s being taken as an ominous warning. In a statement, Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney had harsh words for the “despicable act.” Outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter tweeted there was “no place for hate” at the mosque or anywhere in the city.
PHILLY.COM HEADLINE CHANGES AFTER NUTTER COMPLAINS
Mayor Nutter had a problem with a headline on Philly.com, and it’s been changed. The mayor has been defending chief aide Desiree Peterkin Bell, the target of an anonymous slam in the Daily News posted Friday. It used to read “Kenney to Nutter aide: Bye, Felicia”; now, it reads “Kenney has no room for Nutter aide.” Here’s why.
COOKIE BRACKET, ROUND 3: THE QUARTERFINALS
Welcome to the next round in Billy Penn‘s search for the Ultimate Philly Holiday Cookie. Now there are only four choices left to make, and they are tough. Termini or Isgro’s? FedNuts or Famous 4th? Can’t decide? You could head out and do some tasting so you can make an informed decision. It might not yet be cold enough outside to hide under multiple layers of clothing, but it’s December, so it’s officially ok to indulge in a few extra treats. Or just call on your sweetest, sugar-filled memories, and cast votes for your faves right now.
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HOW TO SAVE $ ON PHILLY COLLEGE GEAR FOR XMAS
When you’re in college, the thought of buying gifts for friends and family generally comes at about the same time finals end. Finals usually end right before Christmas. Thus the act of gift-buying must be something that happens at the last minute. And that can lead to the desperation of buying gifts at the campus bookstore, where they are always very expensive. Luckily, the campus bookstore is not the be-all, end-all for college gear in Philadelphia. This is a guide for other places you can find college apparel and memorabilia so you can give gifts related to your school without emptying your wallet.
TEMPLE’S ADJUNCTS HAVE A UNION: WHAT NOW?
After more than two years of battling with the university, Temple’s 1,400 adjunct professors last month won the right to unionize and join tenured professors in union representation at the school. But now, leaders say, is when the real bargaining begins. Here’s a look at the unionization effort, what’s next and why union members’ pay will initially drop.