Newsletter for Wednesday, Aug. 26
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This MFL rider wins Most Creative Use of a SEPTA Outlet for her self-service salon work Tuesday morning; photo via @billy_penn on Instagram (which you really ought to be following).
WHY YOU GOT THAT RELIGIOUS BOOK IN THE MAIL
Did you get a copy of “The Great Controversy” in the mail? You’re not alone. The mass mailing of the book is part of Remnant Publications’ efforts to cover North American cities with 10 million copies of The Great Controversy, the Seventh Day Adventists’ flagship publication. Over the last several years, it’s mass-mailed nearly seven million of copies of the book in cities like Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco and even sent a million copies to residents of Manhattan, according to Remnant CEO Dwight Hall. Here’s how much they spent to send 700,000 copies to Philly.
39 PHILLY POLS INVESTIGATED OVER 15 YEARS, AND WHY
In Philadelphia politics, it seems like some elected official is always being investigated, indicted, charged or convicted. Last week, D.A. Seth Williams was revealed to be the latest. The Inquirer reported his PAC is being investigated for misuse of campaign funds. No one is immune — heck, even super-popular Mayor (and later Governor) Ed Rendell faced questions from the Treasury Department and the FBI. But! Just because someone is being investigated doesn’t mean they’ll be charged, let alone convicted. To illustrate how widespread these types of stories of investigations are, Billy Penn combed through the last 15 years and listed 39 elected officials who were investigated, whether by the Feds, the state or the city.
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AWFUL PHILLIES HURT SCALPERS, VENDORS: ‘WORST YEAR EVER’
Scalpers and vendors are a constant part of the Phillies game experience. They’re always greeting customers hopping off the train at AT&T Station or waiting for them near the parking lots. They’re also another casualty of the losing economy. The ineptitude of the Phillies that’s costing the city and SEPTA is also affecting these people largely working second jobs or trying to scrape by until they find a steadier gig. How much? A lot.
HEADLINERS REVEALED FOR UNDER 30 SUMMIT’S CONCERT
This fall’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia will have a touch of Avicii and a hint of MMMBop. Conference organizers announced Tuesday that electronic pop artist Avicii, 90’s boy band Hanson and electronic violinist / YouTube star Lindsey Stirling will headline the October 6 event during the Forbes music festival. The headliners are also going to speak at the summit, joining the likes of singer Sara Bareilles, Mike Tyson and Barbara Bush, the daughter of George W. and Laura Bush. Here’s how to get tickets.