Newsletter for Tuesday, Feb. 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
You never know what you’ll see dangling from power lines in Philly; photo via @rachman_photography on Instagram.
PENN’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER FLUBS VIDEO, GETS CRUZ SPOKESMAN FIRED
At one point Monday the story was leading CNN: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz had just fired his spokesman. Why? After a flurry of back-and-forth charges with candidate Marco Rubio involving the Bible and subtitles on video produced by a University of Pennsylvania student writing for the school paper. Rick Tyler, Cruz’s spokesman, shared the Daily Pennsylvanian‘s post on Facebook — and then stepped down, under pressure. “Even if it was true our campaign should not have sent it,” Cruz later told reporters.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LEAD IN PHILLY
You’ve probably read headlines about Philly’s water and the lead that’s lurking there. Maybe it was a story in the Guardian; maybe it was NBC News. Maybe it was a denial from the city that there was a problem. So what’s going on? We looked into it; here’s what we found.
BILLY PENN LIKES
ULTIMATE PHILLY SANDWICH: THE FINAL 4
We’re down to four contestants for the Ultimate Philly Sandwich. Snyder Avenue shack John’s Roast Pork edged out Reading Terminal Market favorite Tommy DiNic’s. Another very close contest saw Ricci’s slide past its South Philly neighbor Sarcone’s. Seems the falafel at Mama’s in Rittenhouse has tons of fans, enough to quash the veggie hoagie at the spot formerly known as Chickie’s. And the Schmitter couldn’t stand up to the fried chicken sandwich at Federal Donuts. Now, they’re up against each other — it’s time for the final four. Vote now — and come taste the finalists Friday at our special event.
WATCH JAHLIL OKAFOR’S 108 MPH RUN ON THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE
So you’ve heard about troubled Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor’s speeding ticket? The former Duke star, in the midst of his new team’s awful on-court record, was busted for whizzing over the Ben Franklin Bridge. And that video has now been acquired by TMZ, which shared it yesterday — it’s a first-person video game view, from the police officer who ran Okafor down.