Newsletter for Thursday, June 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A spring day under the El in Kensington. (Photo via @we_philly on Instagram.)
TOOMEY ONE OF TWO REPUBLICANS TO SPEAK DURING MARATHON GUN DEBATE FILIBUSTER
Senate Democrats led a surprise 15-hour filibuster — AKA a speaking marathon — yesterday urging action on gun-related bills that would make it illegal for suspected terrorists to purchase firearms. Pennsylvania’s Sen. Bob Casey took part, but so did Republican Pat Toomey, who was one of just two Republicans to address the chamber during the debate. The only other Republican Senator besides Toomey said he was against the measure, but Toomey urged his colleagues to reach compromise in the gun debate saying, “there’s an obvious opportunity,” according to The Hill. Toomey’s taken heat all week from the Democratic challenger in his re-election bid for his record on gun control, so we parsed through his involvement in the fight to expand background checks.
WHAT A PHILLY LAWMAKER DID WHEN SHE SAW A CONFEDERATE FLAG IN THE STATE CAPITOL
Philly state Rep. Vanessa Brown took down a Confederate flag in the state capitol Tuesday, but how it got there in the first place and why someone put it back on display yesterday remains a mystery. Three Confederate-related flags had been on display in the state Capitol since last month, courtesy of the Hanover Area Historical Society’s historical flags exhibit, and they were ordered to be removed by Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday. Here’s how it all went down.
RIDE THE DELAWARE RIVER NOT-TAXIS! THEY’RE FUN (JUST NOT TAXIS)
Water taxis have returned for the second summer on the Delaware. The long-gestating launch last year was more than a decade in the making. As Billy Penn reported, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation bought three 22-person boats in 2003, but lost funding for them before the project was complete and docks were installed. The docks were finally built in 2014. Here’s the catch: They’re not actually taxis.
Local rapper-producer Lushlife combines his talent with enigmatic production trio CSLSX and pop trio Vexxed for a show of music that defies genre definition.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park at Columbus Blvd. & Spruce St. 19106
When: June 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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LAST-MINUTE FATHER’S DAY GIFTS FOR THE SPORTS-LOVER IN YOUR LIFE
Yes, Father’s Day — the brunch-heavy date on the calendar that only exists so women can make men feel guilty for not doing enough each Mother’s Day — is this weekend. And you forgot to get a gift. Here are some last minute gift ideas for your Philly sports fan dad.
WORTH THE TRIP? ‘PAINT THE SKY’ AT THE TRAVELING LANTERN FESTIVAL
Would you drive 1.5 hours to release lanterns into the air? What if there were thousands of people doing it with you? And there were s’mores involved? The Lantern Fest is a traveling all-ages party from the folks behind Slide the City. (Yes, that giant water slide that almost came to Philly…but then didn’t.) It’s a haul to get there, and there is the issue of possible negative environmental impact. But maybe it’s worth the time.