The May 15 primaries are a week away, which is a good time for a refresher: No, you do not need a photo ID to vote in Pennsylvania. Unless you're a first-time voter at a specific polling place, you can record your choice without showing identification. However, it's easy to understand why some people might be confused. From 2012 to 2014, Pa. did enact a voter ID law — or the Republican-led state government tried too, anyway. After prolonged legal battles, the law was struck down as unconstitutional, but you might still see signage for it, and it's mostly still on the books.
How long can Sheriff Jewell Williams remain silent? The latest in Inquirer and Daily News' investigation into Williams real estate holdings features former tenants who accuse him of being a "slumlord." They say Williams repeatedly refused to fix a falling-apart, improperly-zoned triplex used as a recovery house — with raccoons living in the ceiling — until L&I slapped him with violations. Williams, against whom several sexual harassment claims were filed last November, declined comment. He's not up for reelection until 2019.
The new Avengers movie continued its impressive take at the box office for a second weekend, but there's one small issue with the success it's having. Many people are getting its name wrong. Instead of Infinity War (aka the actual title), lots of folks legit think the flick is called "Xfinity War" — a crossover brand mention Marvel and Disney Studio surely never intended. But for Comcast and its branding efforts, strategists told Billy Penn, the unconscious swap is a huge win.
Timothy John. That's the full first name of Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell, who was a surprise starter Monday night and the surprise star of Philly's Game 4 victory. Facing elimination by the Celtics in this second round of the NBA Playoffs, the Sixers came up big at home with a 103-92 win. McConnell — who was undrafted and basically personifies "The Process," Mike Sielski at PMN points out — recorded a career-high 19 points. The 700 Level collected some great pics of the "too-slow, too-short, too-white" guy who energized the whole squad. Hopefully he can do it again Wednesday night in Boston.
- Congratulations are due to Billy Penn reporter Michaela, who will graduate from the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple on Thursday. Expect even more of her great reporting on the site henceforth. (After she recovers from celebrating.)
- Meanwhile, among other projects, Mónica's splitting her time this week between reporting on how Venezuelans in Philly are dealing with the humanitarian crisis in their home country and taking a test run on Fairmount Park's new zip line course, which officially opens next week.
Arts collective Philadelphia Contemporary has brought on former Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher as curator, and her first big project is a three-day festival called "Stellar Masses." The events are described as falling "somewhere between the ecclesiastical and the interstellar, embracing traditions of both the African-American church and Afrofuturism," and take place over several days, featuring artists including Terence Nance, King Britt, Moor Mother, Samuel R. Delany and more. The first is called "Firmament."
Where: Skyline Terrace, Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free