Happy Monday! Everything is soaked, the wind is nuts and SEPTA will probably be late. That's not pessimism, that's reality. The transit authority basically issued an advance apology Sunday, saying bad weather and high winds are likely to cause delays today, especially on Regional Rail. Check for status updates before you head out the door.
Sunday was a busy day in Philly sports. The Eagles took some time, but ultimately crushed the San Francisco 49ers 33-10 to get to 7-1, the best start since the Super Bowl season in '04. The Sixers play the Rockets tomorrow, but they caught last night's crazy World Series game in Houston, just hours after the team announced Markelle Fultz will be out "indefinitely" with shoulder soreness. Oh, and the Phillies are reportedly hiring Gabe Kapler as their manager. He's about as different from Charlie Manuel as you can imagine. It's all happening!!!
Well, it's not all happening. A group of NFL players, led by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, planned to meet with Houston Texans owner Bob McNair today after a report quoted McNair saying the league had "the inmates running the prison." All but five or so of the Texans players knelt during Sunday's national anthem, with serious talks of more significant protests. Players have repeatedly called on the NFL to address racial inequality and injustice and say, "dialogue remains the only path forward, though our patience is being continually disrespected and is wearing thin." Ultimately the Philly meeting was postponed, but both commissioner Roger Goodell and Colin Kaepernick were reportedly invited to attend — a notion Kaepernick's lawyers vehemently denied, placing blame on Jenkins for cutting Kaepernick out of discussions.
The Stray Cat Relief Fund is raising money in response to the third arson in two weeks at the stray cat shelters on Pier 70. So far it doesn't appear any cats were injured in the recent blaze, and three kittens rescued from an Oct. 15 fire are now in foster care. The group says it feeds about 200 cats every day along three Delaware River piers, and the current fundraiser will help create new shelters and up security. Police and the PSPCA are investigating the arsons.
If you're not tied up chaperoning little ones around on Halloween night, continue the partying from the weekend at this hard cider fest in Fishtown. Guest chefs including those from Stargazy, Vernick and the Good King Tavern will contribute to a special menu designed to go with lots of interesting and unique apple booze on tap and in bottles. Dress up if you want, or just come as you are.
Where: Kensington Quarters at 1310 Kensington Quarters
When: October 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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We know, saying anything is better than Wawa leads to controversy in this town. However, we're pretty confident in this one. Not that there's anything wrong with the Gobbler, Wawa's seasonal hot turkey hoagie that just landed in stores across the chain. But when you check out the Turducken from Jake's Sandwich Board — roast turkey, chicken, duck, cranberry, stuffing, tots and gravy on a roll — well, there's just no competition. Here's where and when to find the Thanksgiving sandwich of your dreams.
As Halloween treats go, candy corn is pretty low on the totem pole. Great for decorating, but for eating, not so much. Where'd the conical buttercream originate? Most candy companies point to a Philadelphia confectioner — but here's the thing: There's no evidence he actually invented it. We run down the case for (and against) another Philly first.