Give one up for Fast Eddie. Ed Rendell, the never shy, mostly beloved, sometimes reviled, always talkative former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor, announced on Monday that he is battling Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed three and a half years ago, the 74-year-old said, and early treatment has stabilized symptoms. But went public, he explained, because he wants to send a message that the illness "is not a death sentence."
It's been three years since Camille Bell watched Sephora blush disappear into her skin and recognized a need for makeup designed for people of color. Since then, she and fellow Temple alum Johnny Velazquez have been working to launch Pound Cake, which makes cosmetics for all shades of skin. Startup life hasn't been easy, the founders told Billy Penn, but a big milestone is close: the company's first product — a line of red liquid lipsticks called the Hot Cakes Collection — hits shelves in July.
Hundreds of supporters and activists rallied for hours in the heat outside the Criminal Justice Center yesterday, but the only result of Meek Mill's court appearance was more waiting. The hearing in front of Judge Genece Brinkley — at which supporters hoped she would dismiss the rapper's 10-year-old case on grounds that a corrupt cop helped put him away — got mired in random questioning. Speaking to the crowd afterward, Meek's lawyers referred to the proceedings as "a kangaroo court."
In response to last week's City Controller report claiming Philly accounting errors totaled nearly $1 billion (of which around $27 million is actually missing), Mayor Kenney went on the offensive. He penned an Inquirer op-ed saying Controller Rebecca Rhynhart "recklessly" inflated her numbers by using the first instead of final draft of a city financial report. He also announced the formation of a "Reconciliation Task Force" to examine and ameliorate the problem. Rhynhart responded in a statement saying she stands by her work.
- VP Pence will be in Philly for a fundraiser tonight, and there's a protest rally against the policy of separating families at the border planned in Rittenhouse Square.
- The Lawncrest pool launch today kicks off a week of city pool openings. Find the dates and locations here.
- Across the street from a giant grocery store in North Philly, one man sells cheap bags of produce to residents.
- Lt. gov. candidate John Fetterman lost 150 pounds by cutting out grains and sugar — and never ever calling it a "diet."
Kenney starts the day launching that Reconciliation Task Force at City Hall (9 a.m.). Then it's off to the Kimmel for an award ceremony for recipients of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (10 a.m.); to Reyburn Park for the kick-off to the city's seventh Fun Safe Philly Summer, which provides meals and snacks for kids (10 a.m.); and to Lawncrest for the launch of the city pool season. Day ends with a reception at the Comcast Center for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (6 p.m.).
🥩 BP Event 🌟 Meet the woman sourcing the best meat in Philly and taste the goods at our next cooking demo, featuring chef Trevor Budny and Heather Thomason of Primal Supply. Tix are $15. (Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.)
🚚 BP Event 🌟 To celebrate the opening of New Liberty Distillery's gorgeous courtyard space in Kensington, we're throwing an Ultimate Philly Food Truck Celebration. All-you-can-eat tickets are $20. (Saturday, June 23, 1 to 4 p.m.)
🔒 Chef Kurt Evans is teaming with the Community Bail Fund for a free discussion in West Philly about the food and education situation in prisons. Light refreshments will be served. (Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.)
💜 The Purple Heart Truck Run, a 7,800-mile cross-country awareness trip in a mobility-enabled truck driven by by amputee veterans, will make a stop at the Museum of the American Revolution. (Wednesday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
🚣 Experience the summer solstice sunset on the Schuylkill. Bartram's Garden is hosting a rowboat party using skiffs built by middle school students. Expect music, activities and more. (Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m.)
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