Newsletter for Tuesday, June 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Hundreds packed the North Apron of City Hall for a vigil late yesterday, remembering the victims of the Orlando club shooting. Photo via @carmenmmachado on Instagram.
PHILLY VICTIMS OF THE ORLANDO SHOOTING: WHAT WE KNOW
At least three people from Philadelphia were killed or injured in the mass shooting that happened early Sunday morning in Orlando, according to news reports. According to CBS Local, two of the 49 victims killed were from Philadelphia. One was Akyra Murray, an 18-year-old high school basketball standout who graduated just last week from West Catholic Prep. The second remains unnamed, for now. A third, identified as Patience Carter, an intern for Fox 29, was injured and is recovering. Here’s what we know.
PA’S GUN LAWS AND WHY PHILLY CAN’T TIGHTEN THEM
The weekend carnage in Orlando reignited a national conversation not only about terrorism, but about guns, and how a man on the FBI’s radar legally obtained an assault weapon. Could that happen in Pennsylvania? It could — the state’s gun laws aren’t much more stringent than Florida’s and more than 50 gun-related bills introduced last year never had a chance. On top of the state laws, the more-left-leaning-than-Harrisburg City of Philadelphia can’t do much to enact its own gun control measures. This is where Pennsylvania (and Philadelphia) stands on guns and the efforts by some to change them.
ON PHILLIES FANDOM AND THE NOT-FROM-PHILLY FAN WHO THREW THE BOTTLE
Police identified the Phillies fan — a term used loosely in this situation — who threw a bottle at slugger Ryan Howard as Sidney Smith, 21 year old from Wilmington, Del. Now, hurling a bottle at a ball player who didn’t even know it was tossed his way until his teammates told him is far from a “lock him up and throw away the key” offense. But keeping the line between fans and athletes at any level is vital for the safety of all involved. And once again, a person giving Philly fans a bad name was not actually from Philly. Does that matter, though?
The cool interior of this Midtown Village bar makes a perfect classroom to learn about (and taste) five aromatic whites great for hot weather sipping.
Where: Vintage Wine Bar at 129 S. 13th St. 19107
When: June 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: $28
BILLY PENN LIKES
ARE THE PENGUINS THE MOST-HATED TEAM IN PHILLY?
The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup Champions. Hooray? No, not hooray. Philly’s cross-state rival winning the Cup is awful, terrible news for Flyers fans. Sidney Crosby winning the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP is awful news for those who hate the Penguins’ best player for no other reason than he’s the Penguins’ best player. (And also all the diving.) This is a bad day for Philly sports.
ULTIMATE PHILLY FROZEN TREATS BRACKET, ROUND 2
If you didn’t go to Temple or live in North Philly, you might never have tried the fresh fruit flavors served at Siddiq’s Water Ice cart, which has been holding down the corner of 13th and Montgomery for more than 20 years. Judging from the votes in Round 1 of our Ultimate Philly Frozen Treats bracket, that’s a mistake. Siddiq’s was the overall top vote-getter out of the diverse field of 32, racking up even more clicks than Capogiro. Here’s more details from the first round of voting.