U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey announced Wednesday that he’s hosting yet another “tele-town hall,” meaning no face-to-face meeting yet for the thousands who’ve besieged his statewide offices in protest for months. Today at 5 p.m., Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, will take questions via phone, Facebook and an online feed, his office announced late Wednesday afternoon. That gave constituents 24 hours notice — at least that’s a little bit more than the one-hour notice they got in February the last time Toomey held a town hall by phone. Here are the details.
Right-wing media outlets spent the last two days posting about Black Lives Matter Philly, saying the group’s “black-only” April meeting discriminates against white people. But the organization, which has designated “black-centered” spaces since its inception in 2015, is defending the practice and asking critics to check their civil rights history. A member of the group told Billy Penn on Wednesday that they're still committed to "black-centered" spaces despite the "tiring" week of being flooded with hate mail.
The diversity on Philadelphia’s greatest single people-mover, the Market-Frankford Line, means opportunity for hundreds. Here are a few of their stories — from food truck operators to shop owners to people experiencing homelessness. These profiles are the latest in Billy Penn's partnership series with Philly.com on the Market-Frankford Line. Our overburdened, often late El is greatly important to the city's development. Click "follow this" to receive a weekly email about the series.
|What||King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is the suburban Philadelphia region’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. The #1 ranked festival features over 100 beers from craft and international breweries, inspired dishes from KOP’s most popular and newest restaurants, live music on multiple stages, photo ops and more.|
|Where||DONNERSTAG: HAPPY HOUR at KOP Beerfest Royale takes place under grand tents, outdoors at King of Prussia Mall|
|When||October 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
|What||Ganesh Sitaraman, author of 'The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution' and former counsel to Elizabeth Warren, will explore how the founding document of the United States relates to current thinking about monopolies, corporations and the lopsided distribution of wealth among Americans.|
|Where||Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106|
|When||April 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm|
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A new dockless bike share system called Spin recently launched at SXSW in Austin last month, aiming to “increase ridership by allowing users to park and pick up bikes wherever there’s a bike rack.” In Philly, Indego bike share users travel between designated docking stations. Why don't we have a more flexible system? The city actually considered it, and remains open to the idea. But this is why Philly bike share is dock-oriented — at least for now.
Headphones are practically a SEPTA commute requirement, if only to drown out the music of people without headphones. Now SEPTA wants you to tell them your favorite commuting songs. A grand prize winner will get a May Anywhere Trailpass and 10 runners-up will get T-shirts. This should be fun.