Newsletter for Friday, July 15
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Summer on the stoop in West Philly; photo via @bigmikeexpo on Instagram.
PROTEST PLANNED AT CHERRY HILL MALL IN T-SHIRT FLAP
A T-shirt vendor is leaving Cherry Hill Mall and vowing protest after management told him to stop selling shirts that depict police brutality. Towan “Amir” Miller, the founder of the Teary Eyez line of T-shirts he makes in his basement and sells at the Cherry Hill and Philadelphia Mills malls, said the new shirt he had created — with the words “THIS HAS TO STOP!” and a stick-figure drawing of two police officers beating a man on the ground — is being censored by mall officials, and he’s been banned from selling them. They backed off the ban, but he says he’s leaving the mall as a vendor and will return with a protest. Here’s where things stand right now.
NETFLIX, E-CIGARETTES AND ALL PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW TAXES
If you’re a smoking Netflix subscriber who likes to read E-books and play the lottery, your life’s about to get more expensive. The state government passed a budget and avoided a long impasse, but ended up with some of the most significant election year tax increases in Pennsylvania in decades. Democrats got what they wanted: Increases in education funding. Republicans kind of got what they wanted: No new taxes on personal income or shale. But there is a hefty — and pretty, uh, creative — tax package that’s propping up the state’s new budget. Here are the details.
EVERY PHILADELPHIA POLICE SHOOTING SINCE 2013 AND HOW WE COMPARE NATIONALLY
Police shootings have been happening far less often in Philadelphia than they once did. And this year officer-involved shootings are on pace to be about the same as last year, even as overall shootings and murders in Philly are on the rise. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers of police shootings in Philly, where they happen and details about recent police-involved shootings that led to someone’s death.
You've probably seen Angela Meryl on screen: She's been in Kill Bill, Fast and Furious 7, Battleship, Skyfall, Ninja Turtles and more. She'll sign copies of her how-to book and chat with fans.
Where: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse at 2578 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: July 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go for books
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DARIO SARIC AND THE SIXERS’ SUDDEN GLUT OF TALENT
A healthy Joel Embiid would have been the best prospect in 2014, while Dario Saric was the top European player available that season. But he was locked into a contract in Turkey that precluded him from even thinking about the NBA for at least two years. The 2015 lottery was unkind as well, and the Sixers settled for third again, taking Jahlil Okafor as the best player available and a need-filler given Embiid’s injury set-back. Now? Saric, Okafor and Embiid are all on the roster, along with Nerlens Noel. So what happens now?
MEET OUR NEW AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
We’ve found our first-ever manager of audience development. Meet Angie Nassar, currently the Mobile Content Coach at the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, New York — by August 8th, she’ll be settled in Philadelphia. Please help welcome her to town.