Newsletter for Monday, June 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly Police beefed up security Sunday at the Pride Parade following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead Saturday. Many people at the parade carried tributes to the victims. (Photo via @katmath13 on Instagram.)
PA SEN. BOB CASEY WANTS TO BAN THOSE CONVICTED OF HATE CRIMES FROM BUYING GUNS
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania plans to hold a press conference today to announce legislation that would ban people who’ve been convicted of hate crimes from purchasing guns. The move follows the weekend shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead and 53 injured. Casey said over the weekend he’d hold the press conference after meeting with members of the LGBTQ community. Philly will hold a vigil tonight at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.
THE SEPTA KEY ‘EARLY AMBASSADOR’ PROGRAM IS LIVE
SEPTA Key, the new way to pay to ride SEPTA in which you will be able to use a (gasp!) credit or debit card, is here. Sort of. As of this 6 a.m. today, 10,000 people will be able to get a Key card as part of the “Early Ambassador” program. This isn’t the whole shebang, though — more like a fancy TransPass. Here’s what you need to know if you want to be an Early Ambassador.
TASTY FAKES 4: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PINK SNOWBALLS
If you’ve never had the Tastykake Snowballs, know this about them: They may be pretty, but they taste and feel like plastic. Try to pull one apart and it’s like tugging at elastic. But Sbraga Dining pastry chef Marqessa Gesualdi managed to make a delicious, fluffy version, and it runs in the family — her grandmother used to make homemade Snowballs for her as a kid. So who better to give us a hand with Episode 4 of Tasty Fakes? Here’s the DIY version of the prettiest Tastykakes.
Legal scholar Cass Sunstein will talk about George Lucas’ masterpiece as it relates to rebellions, constitutional law, presidential elections and more.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: June 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $15; $7 teachers & kids
BILLY PENN LIKES
NOT JUST RUIN PORN: HOW THREE PHILLY ARTISTS ARE EXPLORING BLIGHT
Ruin porn, or photography that captures abandoned properties, has been discussed and debated at length. But art that uses blight as a point of inspiration, which is what the Klip Collective’s Vacant America series is all about, gets far less attention. Philadelphia has roughly 40,000 vacant parcels — more than enough for any land bank, urban farmer or developer to tackle in a reasonable amount of time. Many artists turn to the city’s blighted properties as a muse, a canvas or a way to make people think. Check out how three local artists are making the most of Philly’s neglected buildings.
THE SOUTHWEST PHILLY DELIVERY DRIVER WHO WAS SHOT EXECUTION-STYLE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY
Doctors told Gafaru Surah to change his name to Miracle. If it wasn’t amazing enough that Surah was able to flag down police after he was shot in the back of the head last week, the 34-year-old survived surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Action News reported two men approached Surah’s car as he was making a pizza delivery. They stole $60 from him, drove him a few blocks away and shot him when he didn’t call someone to bring more money. Surah said thoughts of his young daughter in Ghana have kept him going. The bad news is, both suspects are still on the loose. Anyone with information about this crime can call 215-686-3183 or 215-686-TIPS.