Newsletter for Friday, May 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The new face of the Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz officially signed his contract with the Birds Thursday. Photo via @philadelphiaeagles on Instagram.
HOW EX-MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER REMEMBERS THE AMTRAK CRASH (Q&A)
In many ways Michael Nutter became the face of the Amtrak 188 crash. The train derailed a year ago at Frankford Junction, late in his second term as mayor. Hours after the crash, Nutter raced to the scene, appearing that night for the first of many press conferences over the next week. He, like the rest of the city, the nation and the world, soon learned of the tragic death toll. In a conversation with Billy Penn, Nutter recalled the night of the crash, why he railed against Amtrak 188 engineer Brandon Bostian on CNN, and what parts of the tragedy will always stay with him.
APPRENNET, ONE YEAR AFTER ITS CEO DIED ON AMTRAK 188
Rachel Jacobs was the CEO of ApprenNet, a local education technology startup — but her former co-workers say she was so much more than that. The 39-year-old was one of eight people killed in the Amtrak 188 crash a year ago. And since Jacobs died, her co-workers at ApprenNet say they’re working to further her legacy. She wanted the startup to not only be successful in its own right, but to increase educational opportunity across the world for people who might not have had access to it before. Here’s how ApprenNet has worked toward making her vision a reality.
‘ALWAYS SUNNY’ TO FEATURE PA GIRL WHO GOT BOOTED FROM PROM FOR HER SUIT
Rob McElhenney wants the Pennsylvania teen who got kicked out of her prom on his show. He extended an invitation via Twitter to Aniya Wolf to appear on “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” when they film the series here next month. Wolf, who goes to Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, wore a suit to prom last week and was thrown out because the school claimed it violated a dress code. The story made national headlines; now Wolf might be on “Always Sunny.”
How many beers 'til you can spell Tchotchke correctly? The Philly Lit Adult Spelling is exactly what it sounds like, and it's a fundraiser for The Head & The Hand Press. Winning team gets a cash prize.
Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: May 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
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PHILLY’S NO-FRILLS SOCCER TEAM IS (FINALLY) EARNING RESPECT
The Philadelphia Union showed they are on their way to regularly being able to hang with the likes of the LA Galaxy who feature big-ticket stars the so-called “Eurosnobs” love. The previous Union leadership seemed to feel that by simply having a soccer team in the city, without maintaining a high level of quality — and talent — on the field, supporters would stay loyal. This year’s team seems built to compete, albeit without any real household names.
PRIEST, RABBI SEEK MINISTER; MUST LOVE BEER, INQUIRE WITHIN
The priest is Father Kirk Berlenbach of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough — he leads the parish and also its homebrew club. The rabbi is Eli Freedman, one of three clergymembers at Congregation Rodeph Shalom and the leader of the homebrew club at the North Broad synagogue. (Yes, the two clubs have done cross-denominational brews together; beer just may be the key to world peace.) The minister in the equation has always been Bryan Berghoef. But he’s on a pilgrimage. So the duo seeks one to make a trio onstage at Fergie’s Pub during beer week, so — literally — a priest, a rabbi and a minister can walk into the bar.