Newsletter for Thursday, July 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Ramadan’s end brought lovely celebrations to the city yesterday. (Instagram via @naturally_funsize).
THE PPA IS LEGALIZING UBER… FOR NOW
The PPA is giving Uber a pass. The ridesharing app has been granted temporary authorization through September 30. This makes Uber legal during the Regional Rail crisis and the DNC, both key factors behind the deal. Here’s what the PPA and Uber told us last night, and a look forward at what could come next after the deal runs out.
DEMONSTRATORS BLOCK 676 IN ALTON STERLING PROTEST, LEADING TO ARRESTS
In the aftermath of Alton Sterling’s death, the CD vendor killed by Baton Rouge police outside a convenience store Tuesday, protesters in Philly took to the streets Wednesday evening. 6abc reports that it began with a smaller group of a “few dozen” or so. But it swelled to roughly 200. From their starting point at 13th and Market, demonstrators made their way north, ultimately blocking the I-676 ramp off Vine Street. Photos show some protesters sitting and lying down on the street to obstruct traffic. Police arrested approximately one dozen protesters.
WHY ARE DENVER’S SILVERLINER V CARS STILL RUNNING?
A significant portion of SEPTA’s Regional Rail cars are still off the tracks — and will be for some time — after engineers discovered cracks in them. The Denver Regional Transportation District uses 60 of the Silverliner V cars, but they’re crack-free and still operating. An RTD spokesman said he’s under the impression their stress test was more thorough than SEPTA’s. But there are a few other differences that might explain why Denver’s Silverliner Vs are performing better than Philly’s.
MEET THE GUY WHO WILL DEFEND PHILLY’S SODA TAX
When the soda tax lawsuits start rolling in, City Solicitor Sozi Tulante will lead the fight against Big Soda. The African-born, North Philly-raised, West Philly resident became City Solicitor when Mayor Jim Kenney took office in January. And like every other Philly kid, he drank the sugary-sweet Hugs that will soon be part of the city’s 1.5-cents-per-ounce soda tax. Tulante helped craft the legislation, and now he’s preparing to fight for it.
Herbalist Kelly McCarthy leads a neighborhood walk to get to know local plants and their healing properties.
Where: Jewish Farm School at 5020 Cedar Ave. 19143
When: July 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10-$20 suggested donation
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE BIG LIST OF CELEBRITIES YOU WILL (OR MIGHT) SEE AT THE DNC
We’re just a few weeks out from the DNC and you know what that means … celebrities. Yup, this political affair is just as much a Hollywood thing, and many celebs already have their Philly travel plans lined up. Hillary Clinton is really trying to get Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda to show up, and the DNC is hoping young, hilarious women like Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer make appearances. Here’s the full list of who might show up and who’s definitely coming.
THE PHILLIES ARE FUN AGAIN
The Phillies beat the Braves 4-3 yesterday, but the season didn’t really pick up until a couple weeks ago. From the start of the season through June 20, when the Phils capped a six-game home skid without scoring more than two runs in any game, the team sat at 30-41, scoring five or more runs just 14 times. In the 14 games since, however, the bats have come alive, scoring five or more runs in nine of those games. There’s really no way to explain the sudden power surge. Even manager Pete Mackanin is having a hard time, telling reporters, “I think the wind started blowing out for us. I don’t know how to explain it, but I’m happy.”