Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 29
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Now that the Pope’s gone we can start decorating for Halloween; photo via @linewalker215 on Instagram.
WHERE TO GET FREE COFFEE IN PHILLY TODAY
We interrupt this daily newsletter for some key information: It’s National Coffee Day. For those who caffeinate, this is a big deal. Several places in the city and the region are offering free coffee, per this Inquirer report — most notably Wawa and select Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Find a Krispy Kreme and they’ll throw in a doughnut, as well. Notably missing? Starbucks. And La Colombe is promising some “surprises,” which are probably worth pursuing as well. We now return you to your Pope news wrap-up.
DID WE MAKE HONOR ROLL? THE POPE REPORT CARD
So the pope came to town, spoke a few times and kissed several babies. And our city shut down to accommodate him and the pilgrims who came to watch. Was Philadelphia successful? What went right? What went wrong? Here’s a rundown of how the papal visit went for Philadelphia with letter grades, from mass transit to crowd size to Pope Francis himself.
The Rise of the Rest Startup Celebration with Steve Case, one of the founders of AOL. This is the happy hour that ends Case's day talking to the startup community in Philadelphia, and includes the award of $100,000 to a local company.
Where: The National Constitution Center at 525 Arch Street
When: September 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free (ticket required)
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THE POPE FRANCIS MISSED CONNECTIONS ON CRAIGSLIST
What lingers after the Pope’s visit? Maybe true love. When a million people gather in one city, there are bound to be some missed connections. We perused Craigslist for the Papal visit-related missed connection ads so you don’t have to. They range from setup guys to klutzy girls falling off walls to Army dudes in town to, um, protect us.
POPE FRANCIS, STAND-UP COMIC
Pope Francis — yeah, the guy who’s releasing a pop/ rock album soon — told jokes and figuratively dropped the mic on several occasions throughout his weekend stay in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. And the Pontiff drew more laughs than comedian Jim Gaffigan, who opened for the Pope during the Festival of Families on the Parkway Saturday night. Gaffigan got booed by Philadelphians for bringing up the whole snowballs-at-Santa thing, while Francis won smiles all weekend long by basically telling the ultimate dad jokes. Here are the times Papa Francesco brought the house down.