Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
What the Parkway looks like while you’re sitting atop one of Philly’s taller buildings; photo via @rocco_g on Instagram.
THE EAGLES ENTER THE DEBATE ABOUT THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Colin Kaepernick’s move to not stand during the national anthem is a thing. Being the current political climate in America where the number of flags you have on stage and whether or not you are wearing a flag pin are indicative of how much you love your country, it became a big thing. Being Philly, with veteran leader Malcolm Jenkins saying after the Eagles game on Saturday he disagrees with Kaepernick’s decision, and un-drafted rookie Myke Tavarres saying Monday he wants to emulate Kaepernick, this might be a really big thing, soon.
PHILLY’S REMAINING MOVIE THEATERS, RANKED
The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North in North Philly is shutting down for the week and changing hands. While developer Bart Blatstein is promising a high-end experience to replace it, some movie-goers weren’t so thrilled to hear about the transformation. The Pearl, which will also re-open with a full remodel in early 2017, remains one of only three movie theaters within the city grid where you can catch a blockbuster and get that typical movie theater experience. We broke down the remaining movie theaters in the city and what you can expect at each.
JIM KENNEY, JOHNNY DOC & THE FEDS: WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DON’T
It’s been almost a month since federal investigators raided IBEW Local 98 leader John Dougherty’s South Philly home and a slew of other locations connected to the union. And, in full late-August Friday-news-dump form, we learned late last week that the same probe has ensnared the campaign of new Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, eight months in. We know, thanks to agents toting boxes out of city offices, that an investigation is open and active. But plenty of mystery remains. So far, here’s what we know and what we don’t know about the investigation.
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Where: SEPTA Headquarters at 1234 Market St. 19107
When: August 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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HOW TO HELP WITH THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT ON YOUR CAMPUS
Welcome back to school, Philly college students. Maybe you’ve noticed we’re in the midst of a presidential campaign. As a college student, you have a few options as the 2016 election heats up, ranging from sharing dozens of memes while sitting in your dorm room to ignoring every political ad you can from now ’til November to, maybe, actually getting involved in one way or another. This guide is for those who are interested in the latter. Broken down by Democrats and Republicans, here’s a few ways you can get involved with campaigns and political groups on your campus as the November election inches nearer.
THE EAGLES AND DROP-HAPPY WR NELSON AGHOLOR
The Philadelphia Eagles cut eight players on Sunday to get their roster to 73, with another 20 players to be cut or signed to the practice squad by the start of the season. Of the eight players released, two were wide receivers. Neither was 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor. So far this preseason, the second-year receiver has been on the field for a combined 69 snaps. He has two receptions on six targets, with two terrible, horrible, no good, very bad drops. So do they cut, trade or keep him?