Newsletter for Friday, Oct. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Nice rod, Nutter. The mayor, a deputy mayor and a councilman cast rods off of the new Pier 68 in celebration with the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. Photo via @DelRiverWfront on Twitter.
WILL HE, OR WON’T HE? LATEST MODELS SHOW HURRICANE JOAQUIN COULD MISS OUR AREA
Today is going to be wet and miserable. That much we know. But will Hurricane Joaquin — the category 4 storm making its way up the East Coast within the next few days — wallop the Jersey Shore and leave Philly flooded? Latest models say no, and don’t show Philadelphia in the path of Joaquin that could make a turn out to sea and miss us. But meteorologists are hesitant to say anything concrete about the massive tropical storm, as the storm is complicated and could buck predictions. Weather experts over at NBC10 explain here.
THE KEY, THE CONCOURSE, THE PAVING TO START POST-POPE
We held off on a lot of stuff for Hurricane Francis to come and go. So now, with the lockdown over, the city is staring down its next large event — the 2016 Democratic National Convention (a much smaller lift than hosting the Pope and the World Meeting of Families). City agencies like the Streets Department along with SEPTA are moving back to their usual schedules now that they’ve hosted and planned for the Pope. Here are five things in the city that are moving forward right away, now that Pope Francis isn’t clogging things up.
The Mural Arts: Open Source Opening Party featuring a DJ set by Washed Out and performances by City Rain, The Living Sample and Ben Arsenal, plus an "Open Pour" with Open Source artists the Dufala Brothers, and live painting by Caroline Caldwell, ND'A, Old Broads, AirRat, and Jonny Buss. Your first beer is on the house, courtesy of Sly Fox.
Where: The Bok School at 1901 S. 9th Street
When: October 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $20 (VIP tickets are $75)
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT’S KILLING THE NBA’S GREAT BIG MEN
Moses Malone, age 60, was found dead in a Norfolk, Va., hotel room Sept. 13. The news came weeks after the late-August death of former Sixer Darryl Dawkins, 58. And last September, former Sixer Caldwell Jones, 64, died. These players, cornerstone big men for the Sixers in the late 70s and early-to-mid 80s, all died from heart attacks. Experts are watching others like them carefully and trying to figure out why staying healthy post-career has been such a challenge.
CHECKING IN ON PHILLY’S CIGARETTE TAX AFTER 1 YEAR
After support from top city officials, the state legislature last year enacted a $2-per-pack cigarette tax here in the city — the proceeds of which would go directly to the ailing School District of Philadelphia on the 10th of each month. The move came in addition to a raised sales tax that had already been put in place. Yesterday marked one year since that bill went into effect. So how did it go?