Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Mural in progress in South Philly. (Instagram via @shotsfired215.)
KENSINGTON SEES RASH OF ADDRESS MARKER THEFT, BUT ONLY THE 1s AND 0s
East Kensington has a “binary bandit.” Single digit address markers have been stolen from at least 20 homes in the neighborhood, but not just any of them: the 1s and 0s in particular. Why those? That remains unclear, but possible (artistic?) motives have been the topic of much speculation. Here’s where the thief seems to be focusing, and here’s a surveillance shot of the person one resident believes could be the perp.
THE WATER FOUNTAINS IN DILWORTH ARE GORG. BUT HOW CLEAN ARE THEY?
Thousands of Philadelphians walk through the Dilworth fountain each day, with many taking a break from the heat to dip their feet, their hands and their faces into the refreshing water. A steady flow of children routinely use the fountains as a personal splash park, soaked head to toe by the end of their frolicking sessions. But with all those visitors, is the water safe for all the warm weather fun? We tested it, and listen: Don’t drink it. Here’s what we found.
YEP, THERE’S A LAWSUIT TO STRIKE DOWN THE SODA TAX
It’s been three months since the city of Philadelphia became the largest city in America to enact a soda tax, and — as was expected — it’s now facing a legal challenge. The American Beverage Association, several beverage companies and associations as well as individuals and local businesses (like City View Pizza and John’s Roast Pork), are suing the city of Philadelphia in county court, claiming the sugar-sweetened beverage tax pushed by Mayor Jim Kenney violates state constitution. Here’s the legal argument the lawsuit makes, plus more on who’s suing exactly.
PHILLY JESUS GETS 3 MONTHS PROBATION FOR TRESPASSING
Remember how Philly Jesus got arrested in an Apple Store this past spring? Well, the case went to trial yesterday. Philly Jesus, government name: Michael Grant, was found guilty of defiant trespass and not guilty of disorderly conduct. His sentence was three months probation. “I’m innocent. The Son of Man is innocent,” said Grant. That’s not all he said. Here’s what it was like at the courthouse.
Sign up now to tee up and join in for a day of fun on the fairway as ACHIEVEability celebrates 35 years. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which aims to break the generational cycle of poverty for single parents in Philadelphia.
Where: Walnut Lane Golf Course at 800 Walnut Ln., Wissahickon Valley Park 19128
When: September 24, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.
How much: $100-$150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome
DJ Jersey Dan will be pulling from the vinyl deeps for this free party. Style of music? ✌️ Funk. ✌️
Where: FringeArts at 140 North Columbus Boulevard
When: September 15, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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ULTIMATE EAGLES BRACKET: ONLY TWO ROUNDS LEFT
We’re down to the Final Four of the Ultimate Eagles tournament and, without question, the four players who remain are the most obvious choices, given the way our bracket was constructed. Brian Westbrook, HOF Candidate Brian Dawkins, Randall Cunningham and Reggie White are all the only Eagles, as each four of our top seeds made the semifinals in convincing fashion. But who will make the final two? Be sure to cast your vote.
FRINGE DANCE SHOW USES EVERYDAY PHILADELPHIANS TO WOW AUDIENCES
When we first saw the promotional image for Gala, a dance concert making its American premiere this Fringe Festival, it reminded us of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video. Then, we looked more closely and saw there was a mix of ages. Then, we found out the majority of dancers in it aren’t professionals. And then, we realized it’s not like the slayage in “Sorry” much at all, but rather a contemporary show where performers of varying backgrounds and skill sets dance together on one stage. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, on its opening night, Gala received four curtain calls. Closing night is tonight at the Prince.