Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Who can resist snapping photos of a Philly sunset (Instagram via @rachel.mancini)
THE CRIMINAL TRIAL AGAINST KATHLEEN KANE IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in court in Norristown this week facing charges of perjury and abuse of office after prosecutors say she leaked secret grand jury information to the Daily News in 2014 to exact political revenge. At issue is how involved Kane was in orchestrating the story that outlined a 2009 investigation into J. Whyatt Mondesire, the late former NAACP leader in Philadelphia. We were there in the courtroom Tuesday when prosecutors said she was just out for revenge, and a former top deputy said he was “shocked” by the Daily News story at the center of the charges. Follow along with our story today for updates and more coverage as the trial continues.
MAN ACCIDENTALLY FATALLY SHOOTS SELF AT SPRING GARDEN SHOOTING RANGE
A little after 7 last night at The Gun Range, near 5th and Spring Garden, police say a man accidentally shot himself in the chest while cleaning his gun. He was pronounced dead at Hahnemann Hospital about 30 minutes later. He was 21 years old.
WE TRIED SCRAPPLE ICE CREAM, AND IT’S… FANTASTIC?
Milk. Heavy cream. Buckwheat flour. Spices. And lots of scrapple. For some people that would make a perfectly delectable winter soup. But for us yesterday, it was ice cream. That’s right, scrapple ice cream is real if you want it. Eric and Ryan Berley, the ice cream masters behind Old City’s Franklin Fountain, have been kicking around the idea of making scrapple ice cream for 12 years. So we drove out to Ryan’s home in Landsdowne to watch a batch get whipped up on Facebook Live. Here’s what we thought.
Meet up with other Meetup members — i.e. folks in Philly's tech, startup, journalism and entrepreneurial scene — at this "Super Meetup." Free beer and snacks.
Where: Headhouse Shambles at 2nd & Lombard streets 19106
When: August 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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WE ASKED, YOU DELIVERED: PHILLY’S MOST OUT-OF-PLACE HOUSES
There’s always that one house in the neighborhood. It doesn’t quite fit. In a sea of rowhouses, with the architecture and the choice of paint rarely differentiating by much, this house stands out. Sometimes it’s the color. Sometimes it’s a modern design. Sometimes it’s the size. And sometimes it’s just a house decked out in bathroom tile for reasons unknown. We asked for help finding some of these houses a couple weeks ago. Now, here they are, 12 impressive, out-of-place structures that add to Philadelphia’s trademark of being slightly weird.
HOW DO OLD PHILLIES KNOW WHEN TO CALL IT A CAREER? A SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST WEIGHS IN
The Phillies played the Dodgers Monday night, and Chase Utley hit a home run. It’s a strange feeling to see stars that mean so much to Philadelphia playing somewhere else, but it’s a feeling we may go through again next season, as both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are in the final years of their contracts with the Phillies. How do old Phillies know when to call it a career? We sought help from a sports psychologist who stressed that in sports — both for players and fans — logic doesn’t exist.