Newsletter for Wednesday, July 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Getting looney in Kensington (Instagram via @miguelmartinez098).
PHILLY’S PLAN TO KICK OUT CARS AND OPEN THE STREETS
Remember pope weekend and how it was actually cool having the entire city shut down to traffic? Well, it’s happening again this fall. Clarena Tolson, deputy manager for transportation and infrastructure, announced at a Bella Vista Neighbors Association meeting last night that Philadelphia would host an event called Philly Free Streets on September 24 in which nine miles of city streets will be closed to vehicles. Check out the route for Philly Free Streets, and how the grassroots group Open Streets PHL worked to make the event happen.
TEMPLE BOARD VOTES TO REMOVE PRESIDENT NEIL THEOBALD
Apparently Temple’s board wasn’t happy with the way president Neil Theobald handled the firing of provost Hai-Lung Dai over a $22 million shortfall. And now Theobald is on his way out. The board announced its intention to dismiss him in a private meeting yesterday. A spokesman told the Inquirer Theobald knew of the shortfall a year ago, when it was $9 million. Theobald has been president for three and a half years and presided over major decisions for Temple, such as not requiring SAT scores for applicants and planning the on-campus football stadium.
HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN RESERVES INDEPENDENCE MALL
So what are you wearing to Hillary Clinton’s big post-DNC party? The Clinton campaign has been approved for a permit for a public (victory?) event in Independence National Historical Park the day after the Democratic National Convention wraps up. A day earlier, the convention will most likely name her the party’s nominee — and she’ll become the first woman in U.S. history so named. Here’s what we know.
PHILLY POLICE POISED FOR DNC OT BONANZA
Police overtime costs for the Democratic National Convention could rival what they were when Pope Francis traveled to Philadelphia — but this time, the city isn’t on the hook for the costs. At least not most of them. A spokesperson for Mayor Jim Kenney said the city estimates that police overtime costs for the week of July 25 when the DNC is in town could hover around $8 million. Here’s why costs are expected to hit that level.
Try something a little more mellow for Sips this week. Have a drink, grab some snacks and settle in for arts & crafts and live music. 21+
Where: Philadelphia Magic Gardens at 1020 South St. 19147
When: July 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $12-$20 includes drinks and crafts
BILLY PENN LIKES
STREET LEVEL: 10 PHOTOS OF PHILLY PROTESTS
Durrell Hospedale thinks photos can play a role in spreading the impact of protesting police brutality. And he’s seen it happen. The 21-year-old from Philadelphia has watched some of his photos from over the last week multiply in reach on Twitter and Instagram. The powerful images show demonstrators being arrested after blocking traffic on I-676 last week, clashing with police officers on the streets and carrying signs for miles down Market Street. These are some of the photos he captured.
THE PHILLIES AND THE CURSE OF THE ALL-STAR GAME
As Odubel Herrera represented the Phillies in San Diego, it’s a fair question to ask if the second-year player is the future of the Phillies, or if he’ll meet the same post All-Star fate as some of the team’s more recent representatives. Are Phillies All-Stars actually cursed? (Probably not, but decided after you read each case.)