Newsletter for Tuesday, May 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly Jesus being escorted out of the Apple Store after being arrested; photo via @lovely_nikki90 on Instagram.
PHILLY JESUS ARRESTED AT THE CENTER CITY APPLE STORE
You’ve probably seen him proselytizing around Center City: Philly Jesus, aka Michael Grant, the former addict-turned-street preacher-and-aspiring rapper. Per Philly Mag, Grant was in the Apple Store last night, where he often checks his email and Twitter. The report says Grant’s giant cross was blocking an aisle in the store; when security asked him to move it and he didn’t (after the third request), he was removed from the store. This morning, Grant tweeted “i know my rights… i was persecuted for my faith”.
MEET CHRIS RABB, WHO WON DESPITE THE NORTHWEST PHILLY MACHINE
Chris Rabb won a seat in the state House during last week’s Pennsylvania primary. His success in the primary was the second time he made the news last week. Two days before the primary, a potential volunteer was killed in a grisly murder just outside Rabb’s campaign offices. So Rabb was doubly an underdog. Now he’s heading to Harrisburg after vowing to fight machine politics as usual.
Philly's water department commissioner and other experts will talk and answer questions about what's being done to make sure our tap water is safe, for us — and for our environment.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: May 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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HOW A PHILLY HOMELESS SHELTER DOUBLED MEALTIME ATTENDANCE
Philadelphia’s Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission isn’t like most soup kitchens these days. Founded in 1878 by John Wanamaker and John B. Stetson (of Stetson hats), the charitable organization is the third oldest of its kind in the nation. It’s been serving free food to people in need for more than a century, but in March of this year, management began a novel experiment. During daily lunch service at the main facility, a four-story former textile factory on 13th Street behind the Vine Street Expressway, no one stands in line. They eat like you do at home: Family-style. And attendance these days is booming.
THE ULTIMATE PHILLIES BRACKET: A SURPRISE FINAL 4
The Final Four in the Ultimate Phillies bracket is set and it includes two huge upsets, including one nobody saw coming. Nobody. This bracket started out pretty much chalk, as there were very few upsets in the first round of voting or the second round of voting. But in the Elite Eight, things changed, and players from the 2008 team beat out stars from the 1980 team, including the best player in Phillies history, who lost before the semifinals. Let’s just say it was an upset.