Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 29
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This dorm decoration is a great addition to the skyline (Instagram via @phoebemik.)
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S GIRLFRIEND HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR SLASHING HIS TIRES
Someone slashed the tires on Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ security vehicles last Fall outside his home. It’s kind of a big deal when the city’s top prosecutor is targeted, so everyone found it odd that the incident wasn’t being actively investigated at the time. But now the pieces are coming together. Philly mag reports Stacey Cummings (listed as the DA’s girlfriend in that giant list of gifts he recently disclosed) has been arrested for the slashings. If the two are even still dating, they may not be for much longer.
THE EAGLES CUT 8 PLAYERS; ROSTER NOW AT 73
The Eagles released eight players on Sunday, including wide receivers Rueben Randle and Chris Givens. Both were signed to one-year deals this season and neither did enough to warrant a roster spot. This bodes well for rookie Paul Turner, who now looks more likely to make the team. Here’s who didn’t make the cut.
HOW THE URBN PURCHASE IS CHANGING VETRI RESTAURANTS
The Vetri-URBN marriage isn’t so surprising, now that they’re down the aisle. Nine months after the Navy Yard-based retailer purchased Vetri Family Restaurants, things are progressing well. URBN doesn’t yet break out food and beverage as a separate business unit for accounting purposes, so there aren’t publicly available hard revenue figures for the restaurants post-acquisition. But COO Jeff Benjamin will say that business hasn’t slowed down at any of the Vetri Family locations, and that “some are doing even better.” This is the latest on why the Urban Outfitters parent company purchased a Philly restaurant group and what happens next.
Take your laptop to this Queen Village bar, where the wi-fi is free, power strips abound and $10 brown bag lunches come with a can beer or cider. Prizes for the most bad-ass biz casual.
Where: New Wave Cafe at 784 S. 3rd St. 19147
When: August 29, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
LIBRARIES ARE COOL AGAIN
Temple University’s new library will have book-fetching robots. At the public library in Collingswood, NJ, visitors can snap up free passes to Philly museums. There’s an entire library dedicated to birds on the Ben Franklin Parkway. And don’t forget about the huge tie collection at the Free Library’s Paschalville branch. Libraries have come a long way since 2012, when Forbes Magazine basically said a Master’s in library science is the most useless degree. WHYY’s “The Pulse” devoted an entire series to the future of libraries — in Philly and beyond.
ALL THE THINGS YOU CAN DO AT BOK BESIDES DRINK ON THE ROOF
In 2015, South Philly’s Bok Technical High School became semi-famous for its rooftop bar. It was both praised (for adaptive reuse of the creative sort) and derided (for adaptive reuse of the gentrifying sort), but it was generally successful. So successful that maybe you don’t know there are 45 other businesses in the old school, and about a dozen more on the way. You can get a haircut, indulge in a massage, check out some art and visit a dog park. Keep this list handy next time you visit Bok; there’s a lot to do.