Newsletter for Friday, May 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Looking regal under bright blue skies in Old City. (Photo via @mike_dobuski on Instagram.)
THE STORY BEHIND THE CYCLIST WHO STOPPED THE SEPTA BUS
A cyclist who was apparently angry at the actions of a bus driver stood in front of a SEPTA bus for an hour Wednesday afternoon near 13th and Locust, stopping traffic until a police officer arrived. (On a Segway.) Matthew Kay witnessed the scene from Nomad Pizza. He was there for an early happy hour. He’d eaten and was getting ready to pay his bill when he heard a scream from outside on Locust Street. He took the picture that’s been blowing up your Facebook feed. Here’s what happened.
WHERE EVERY CITY COUNCIL PERSON STANDS ON THE SODA TAX
Several ideas for how the city should pay for programs new Mayor Jim Kenney wants to implement, like universal pre-K, have floated around. These are the two major proposals involving taxing drinks and the like: Kenney’s administration has proposed a sugary drinks tax that would largely impact the soda industry and would be at a 3-cent-per-ounce rate. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill that would levy a 15-cent flat tax on all drink containers, save for baby formula and milk products. Here’s where each member of council stands at this point on these plans and other alternative revenue sources.
EVENT SPONSORED BY PHILA FLEA MARKET
A wide variety of vendors from the Tri-State Area, featuring antiques, collectibles, vintage home furnishings, antique and estate jewelry, vintage clothing and accessories, furniture, pottery, primitives and much more!
Where: Schauffele Plaza at 14 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
When: May 28, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Street Soccer USA Philadelphia Cup. Opening Ceremonies begin on Friday, May 27th, followed by the Celebrity Match featuring former USWNT star Heather Mitts and USMNT defender Jimmy Conrad as well as the Social Change Cup.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: May 27, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to May 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: To play: $600/team - $100/player; Free for all to watch
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHO’S NEXT: 21 NEXT-GENERATION PHILLY CHEFS
Despite what you’ve seen on reality TV, working in a restaurant kitchen is anything but glamorous. Long hours in a hot room with a high risk of injury (lots of fire and knives are involved) — who’d want to do that for a living? Luckily for those of us who enjoy dining out, people who become professional chefs feel it’s all worthwhile. Welcome to this month’s edition of Who’s Next, a Billy Penn feature presented by the Knight Foundation and Caviar.
HEY LOOK, THE EAGLES CREATED A QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY
The summer was going to be so easy! The Eagles’ glut at quarterback had been totally figured out as organized team activities commenced. Carson Wentz, the future of the franchise, was signed in time for rookie camp. Sam Bradford’s holdout was much ado about nothing, and the week off of voluntary workouts was in the rear view mirror once he had his first press conference after rejoining the team. And then the Eagles’ coaches took to sports radio. Here’s what happened next.