Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
That lake view tho. (Instagram via @photolope.)
MASSIVE PENNY SPILL ON I-95 BRINGS NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL
A tractor-trailer on its way to the U.S. Mint in Philly crashed on I-95 in New Castle, spilling thousands of pennies on the road. The accident occurred around 2 a.m., 6abc reports, after the big rig collided into a barrier. The Northbound lanes have been closed to clean the scene of unstamped coins and debris, which may take hours and is still ongoing. Fox29 reports that the road is terribly slippery, comparing it to an ice rink. The truck overturned just before the I-295 exit. Nearby northbound traffic on 95 is jammed, and the morning highway commute has been affected well through New York.
DONALD TRUMP CAME BACK TO PHILLY AND SAID A LOT OF STUFF FROM A SCRIPT
Donald Trump delivered a 40-minute speech to the 300-person Union League ballroom on South Broad Street yesterday, the crux of which was about boosting the military and crushing ISIS as soon as he’s elected. But this wasn’t the loud, boisterous rally Trump has become associated with, and The Donald sounded pretty canned. Here’s the full text of his speech and details from the scene inside and out the Union League.
DA RETURNS TO DNC SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS, CHARGES BERNIE DELEGATE
Bernie Sanders delegate Walter Weeks has been charged with assaulting fellow delegate Gwen Snyder at the Democratic National Convention. The District Attorney’s Office announced the charges late Wednesday afternoon, more than a month after the assault and about three weeks after the DA’s office originally declined to press charges. “I’m so relieved and gratified that this case is finally being prosecuted,” Snyder told Billy Penn. “At the same time, we still need to keep fighting to improve the system.” The DA’s Office disclosed that the case has new evidence. Here are details on what the office has gathered, plus more of what Snyder had to say.
To toast Philabundance's kick-off of a monthlong action campaign, each local draft beer sold at Local 44, Strangelove's, Coeur or Clarkville will net $1 for the nonprofit. Also look for Oink & Moo and Schmear-It trucks — both will donate proceeds.
Where: 4 bars and 2 food trucks at various locations around Philly
When: September 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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VOTE IN THE ULTIMATE EAGLES BRACKET: ELITE 8
We started with 32 all-time Eagles players, broken into Offense and Defense in the Midnight Green Era — the last 20 years, give or take, that Jeffrey Lurie has owned the franchise — and the Kelly Green Era, which consists of every decade that came before. And now we’re down to eight: Reggie White vs. Chuck Bednarik. Brian Dawkins vs. Jeremiah Trotter. Brian Westbrook vs. LeSean McCoy. Randall Cunningham vs. Harold Carmichael. And you get to pick who wins the title of Ultimate Philadelphia Eagle. Select “follow this” at the top of the story to receive an email for each round of voting.
A THEATER CRITIC’S GUIDE TO THE 2016 PHILLY FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Fringe Festival just kicked off its 20th year, ushering in two weeks of performances around the city. Fringe performances aren’t your run-of-the-mills plays and ballets; artists focus on creativity and innovation, and there’s a free party every night of the festival. Philly theater critic Howard Shapiro curated a list of 17 Fringe shows — just a small sampling of what’s to come over the next 17 days.