Newsletter for Thursday, May 19
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Some urban patchwork in West Philly. (Instagram via @phillywalker)
RENDELL SAYS “UGLY WOMEN” WILL TAKE DOWN TRUMP, THEN LATER APOLOGIZES
Every now and again, former Governor Ed Rendell puts his foot in his mouth. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Rendell pointed to “ugly women” as the key to a Democratic win in PA come November. “For every one he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally,” Rendell told the paper. His statement has been widely condemned across Pennsylvania Democrats. Last night, he told press he was sorry about it. “It was dumb and insensitive and stupid, and if I offended anybody, I apologize,” said Rendell, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Want to take a trip down memory lane for other times Rendell made controversial comments? Check out this rundown.
BIG SODA’S BIG SPENDING ON LOBBYING: $45M+ NATIONWIDE
The American Beverage Association will win the spending war in Philadelphia. It always does. Soda taxes proposals have sprung up across the United States more than 30 times in the last 10 years, and the common thread among almost all of them — other than they usually fail — is heavy spending by the American Beverage Association on lobbying. Billy Penn tracked down lobbying expenditures for seven states and five cities for which lobbying data was readily available and found the amount spent on lobbying by the American Beverage Association in years when soda taxes were considered to be $45.6 million. Here’s how it breaks down.
WHO THE SIXERS SHOULD USE THAT NO. 1 PICK ON
Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? The future of the Sixers is tethered to the decision of which young star to select with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Winning the lottery sure does have its benefits, but it also comes with a very, very tough decision. “We can now make the decision all by ourselves,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said after the Sixers won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. “We don’t have to wait and see what someone else does. It gives us the injection we need.” Here’s the arguments in favor of — and against — each.
Anthony DeVito has starred on Comedy Central and John Poveromo has opened for Jimmy Fallon. Together they'll attempt to bring down the house at a one-night event hosted by Philly's Pedro Salinas.
Where: CiBo Ristorante Italiano at 1127 Walnut St. 19107
When: May 19, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
How much: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
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?: UBER PUPPES ARE COMING TO PHILLY TODAY
Get ready for extra smiles this Thursday, because Uber is teaming with the PSPCA to bring adorable puppies to your door. It’s the second year for the one-day special, which will benefit the animal rescue nonprofit and help more stranded dogs and cats find good homes. Fifteen minute “puppy playdates” will run you $30, and every cent goes directly to the cause. Here’s how to place your order.
THE SALAD INDEX: WHERE YOU SHOULD GET LUNCH TODAY
A great salad is the perfect lunch. Not because it’s low-cal, necessarily — the really delicious ones aren’t — but because a colorful pile of greens and growns is likely to refresh and enliven, and let you skip the drag of a post-meal stupor. Afternoon work that has to get done? Salad is the way to go. Here’s 10 of the best ways to get there.