Newsletter for Tuesday, May 17
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Why hello, Mr. Vice President: Joe Biden, still in town for the Penn graduation (his granddaughter walked), ate and entertained diners at Parc yesterday. Pic via @kaludiasays on Instagram.
AMTRAK 188’S ENGINEER APPARENTLY DISTRACTED BY THE RADIO
Today the National Transportation Security Board is expected to issue its report into what caused the crash last yer of Amtrak 188, which you’ll recall derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring 200. The crash is the most significant train accident in years, and nobody understood why the train — under the power of engineer Brandon Bostian — sped up going into the curve at Frankford Junction. NBC News and CBS News reported yesterday that Bostian was distracted by other engineers talking about rocks that had been thrown at their trains.
‘HAMILTON’ PLAYWRIGHT: PHILLY BEATS D.C. ‘EVERY TIME’
Lin-Manuel Miranda is sorry that Philly got short shrift in Hamilton: An American Musical. The writer of the smash Broadway musical with the most Tony nominations in history addressed graduates of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday morning. And early in the speech, he talked about how the City of Brotherly Love is nearly missing in his chronicle of the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, despite the fact that many events portrayed therein that happened here. Also? He noted that Philly kicks Washington D.C.’s ass. So clearly he’s won us over.
WHY YOU’RE SEEING MORE HOMELESS IN CENTER CITY, AND WHAT THE MAYOR’S DOING ABOUT IT
LOVE Park is closed and there’s a ton of construction in Center City right now, so you may have seen more people experiencing homelessness over the past few weeks after they were displaced. In response, two months before the Democratic National Convention comes to town, the Kenney Administration announced plans Monday to deploy teams of “ambassadors” to four hot spots in the city. Here’s where they are, and what the city is planning.
PAT TOOMEY’S CLAIM THAT HILLARY CLINTON AND KATIE MCGINTY ARE BIFFLES
During a recent broadcast of Dom Giordano’s Philadelphia talk radio show on 1210AM, as Buzzfeed reported, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., called it outrageous that Democratic nominee Katie McGinty tied him to GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. The two have wasted no time battling it out ever since McGinty won the Democratic primary April 26 to take on Toomey in the general election. As a comeback, Toomey compared McGinty’s campaign stances to those of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “She actually agrees with Hillary Clinton and the most liberal wing of the Democrats on everything,” said Toomey. So does she? We looked into it.
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WHAT SHOULD UPSET FANS ABOUT SIXERS JERSEYS AND THEIR STUBHUB LOGO
In the never-ending search for what “we can get mad at in sports today,” Philadelphia professional basketball fans are dealing with news that the Sixers—okay, barely a professional basketball team on the court, yes—are putting a, gasp, corporate logo on their uniforms next season. The NBA is letting teams adorn their game jerseys with sponsors, and the Sixers are the first to announce a deal, snatching a reported $5 million from StubHub to put a small patch on the left chest, above the team’s “PHILA” wordmark. People are angry — predictably, they’re mad at the wrong thing.
REVEALED: YOUR CHOICE FOR THE ULTIMATE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIE
The Ultimate Phillie tournament came down to two legends: Whitey and Lefty. In the end, the most dominant player in Phillies history was bested, as Steve Carlton fell in final round to our winner, Richie Ashburn. Here’s how the votes unfolded over the last month.