Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Oh Christmas train, oh Christmas train: It’s the BSL’s holiday look (Instagram via @phillytourhub).
HOW KATHLEEN KANE’S EMAIL PROBE WILL WORK
It’s been 2,815 days since then-Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a groundbreaking speech on race at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, after his former Chicago pastor’s controversial speeches, caught on video, made headlines. The same building was the backdrop for an announcement Tuesday from Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane. But rather than acting to save a candidacy, Kane — indicted on criminal charges, working under a suspended law license, awaiting possible impeachment — is acting to save her political life. Here’s what she announced, and why some people (particularly a cadre of Penn Staters) still have her back.
SIXERS ACTUALLY WIN
It happened! After an 0-18 start that tied the worst season-beginning streak in NBA history, the Sixers won a basketball game 103-91 against the Los Angeles Lakers. They did it in front of a packed house, too, the Wells Fargo full of fans who wanted to see the final game in Philly of Lower Merion native Kobe Bryant (they treated him nicely, btw). Now, for the inevitable comparison to one of Philadelphia’s other incompetent pro sports teams: The Sixers’ lone victory means they have more wins in the last 23 days than the Eagles. Yikes.
Dare to learn how the sausage is made. Master butcher and sustainable meat expert Bryan Mayer is leading a class on how to grind and stuff your own at the library's Culinary Literary Center. Advance tickets are required.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: December 2, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE AN OPENLY GAY COP IN PHILLY
Introducing the Gay Officer Action League of Greater Philadelphia, a local chapter of a national organization that brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers. The group of more than 60 officers will be holding its first formal elections in January. Other police departments across the country have established GOAL chapters including in New York, New England and Chicago. Here’s why it started in Philly, and the goals these officers are working toward.
7 OF PHILLY’S BEST HOOKAH BARS, AND WHAT TO FIND THERE
Hookahs are the OG smoke delivery device. They have a long history (as in, half a millennium long), and their tale is one of being social, not solitary. Whether you share one or each get your own, hookahs have always been something to enjoy with friends. Somewhat surprisingly in this age of tobacco vilification, hookah bars are still legal in Philadelphia. And you don’t want to just end up anywhere, whether you’re in search of a super-chill session on a couch, an enhancing buzz for your turn on the dance floor, or a jolt of extra flavor after a great meal. Here are seven ways to do hookahs right in Philly.