Newsletter for Wednesday, Oct. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philadelphia will want to see plenty more of this from Joel Embiid this year (Instagram via @sixers).
THE PPA MEANS WAR
A truce between the PPA and ride-sharing companies expired Oct. 1 when a budget agreement lapsed without any progress on legislation . So it’s back to the old days. In fact, the PPA wants to be like the really crazy old days, when the organization busted UberX drivers in sting operations. Tuesday night, the PPA released a statement saying enforcement would be coming for the ride-sharing companies and that it was loosening regulations on cabs so they could do better against the Lyft/Uber competition. So be warned: While you won’t get in trouble for riding, the UberX you’re in heading to the bar on Saturday night could be pulled over by a police horse.
THE BINARY BANDITS ARE STILL STEALING ADDRESS NUMBERS
Yep, people are still taking the ones and zeros from house addresses in East Kensington. Tales of the Binary Bandits began surfacing at the end of the summer — people woke up to find parts of their home addresses missing. Surveillance footage showed two people, separately, pulling ones and zeros off their hinges. And now they’re at it again.
DID KATIE MCGINTY PROFIT FROM ENERGY COMPANIES SHE PREVIOUSLY REGULATED?
Yep, and its totally legal. A new attack ad paid for by Republican-leaning PAC Freedom Partners Action Fund says the U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty “made thousands from companies she previously regulated [as Pennsylvania’s former Department of Environmental Protection secretary].” We fact-checked the claim, which turned out to be true. McGinty went on to do work for energy companies after leaving office. Like it or not, that’s legal.
Councilmembers Domb, Gym, Green and Parker are confirmed to attend this mix and mingle event hosted by Philly Set Go with support from the NAACP Millennials & Young Adults Committee.
Where: Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall
When: October 5, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
BILLY PENN LIKES
IS THIS PHILLY’S BEST NEW BURGER?
The restaurant James might have Philly’s best new burger. A thick slice each of tomato and red onion. A hearty layer of Vermont cheddar. A large leaf of butter lettuce and a quad of double-cut pepper bacon strips to finish it off, inside a grilled LeBus brioche bun. The burger costs $15 and the restaurant is right in the middle of a major Center City construction boom. Question is, can James stick it out until those projects are finished and enough people are hanging out at 19th and Arch?
JOEL EMBIID DOMINATES FOR STRETCHES IN HIS FIRST NBA GAME
Sixers fans waited two full seasons for Embiid’s debut, and after a few missed shots and a turnover, the 7 ft. 2 in. center made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Embiid played all 12 of his minutes in the first half against the Celtics and finished 2-for-6 from the floor, adding two free throws for six points to go along with four rebounds — two on the offensive end of the glass and two on defense — and two blocks. See why at times the former No. 3 pick looked like the best player on the floor.