Newsletter for Monday, April 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Fiery sunset over West Philly (Instagram via @drswagg).
THERE ARE 23 LOST OR STOLEN POLICE FIREARMS SOMEWHERE IN THIS CITY
Philly cops’ lost and stolen guns typically end up on the black market. Officer Jesse Harnett was shot in West Philadelphia earlier this year by a man claiming he’d opened fire “in the name of Islam” — while using a police weapon that went missing three years ago. Thirty-two police-issued firearms have been reported lost or stolen in the last five years in the department, according to the Daily News. Twenty-three of those are still missing. Those numbers are way higher than the LAPD’s, which has a much larger police force, and Philly Police gave the DN few details about how the guns of missing and whether officers are disciplined.
FORMER U.S. SEN. OF PA. HARRIS WOFFORD ANNOUNCES MARRIAGE TO A MAN
Harris Wofford’s professional resume is rather long. It includes stints as the chairman of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party, a four-year term as a U.S. senator in the ’90s and a surrogate for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. But it was his personal life that made headlines over the weekend when Wofford penned a coming out of sorts for the New York Times. On Saturday, the 90-year-old will marry his 40-year-old love: a man named Matthew Charlton. The two have been together for 15 years — a love that began after Wofford’s wife of 48 years died. “Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between,” Wofford wrote. “I don’t categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.”
Young Involved Philadelphia is hosting a party of sorts — with food, drink and beer — for folks who want to make a difference in turnout by calling their citymates and reminding them to vote the next day.
Where: Committee of Seventy HQ at 123 S. Broad St., Suite 1800, 19109
When: April 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO THE FLYERS’ LOSS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
It was amazing after the bracelet-throwing debacle that was Game 3 to see the Flyers muster up enough to win Game 4 at home, then absolutely steal Game 5 in Washington on the back of netminder Michael Neuvirth. Alas, a Game 6 win wasn’t meant to be. But this series was house money, especially against the Caps. No matter what the players say, the Flyers had a fantastic run just to make the playoffs, and the youth movement with the organization paid off with a trip to the postseason most fans probably thought wasn’t going to happen. Indeed, the future looks bright for the Flyers.
WE TOURED THE ITALIAN MARKET WITH A ROME-BASED COOKBOOK CHEF
Ask a Philadelphian what one of the most authentic experiences you can have in the city is, and chances are the Italian Market is pretty high on that list. But would a cookbook author who’s been living in Rome for the last 14 years say the same? Vetri partner and culinary director Brad Spence took Rome-based author Katie Parla on a tour recently through the Ninth Street market, and of course it didn’t disappoint. As romantic as it is to think all of Italy buys food at small, specialized stores handed down through generations, that’s no longer the case in the Eternal City. Experience the market through an Italian visitor’s eyes and get Parla’s recipe for involtini di manzo (braciole).