Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly by rooftop looked fairly great on a warm Sunday; photo via @filterdelphia on Instagram.
WILT VS. DR. J, IVERSON VS. ASHBURN: ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE, ROUND 2
We’ve waded through the votes, and we’re proud to unveil Round 2 of our bracket to determine the Ultimate Philly Athlete. The matchups are pretty intense: Wilt Chamberlain faces the Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley. Allen Iverson is up against Phillies legend Richie Ashburn; Eagles defensive minister Reggie White tackles popular Phillie Chase Utley. Who moves on? The matter, dear reader, is in your capable hands — get thee to the voting bracket.
TONY WILLIAMS ON ETHICS, AMBITION AND WHEN HE’LL UNVEIL HIS PLATFORM
Philly Mag’s Citified continues its run of Q&As with mayoral candidates by chatting with state Sen. Anthony Williams — and, as Holly Otterbein says, so far everything’s been coming up Williams in the race’s early going. A no-show from City Council President Darrell Clarke and an abrupt outta-there by Ken Trujillo were viewed by political cognoscenti as being good for the 16-year state Senator, backed by Congressman Bob Brady. Williams talked about why he wants the job, whether he’s been compromised by special interests, and when he’ll start laying out specific policy proposals.
PHILADELPHIA U COACH EARNS 1,000TH WIN
Herb Magee had a big day Saturday — the 73-year-old Philadelphia University men’s basketball coach notched his 1,000th win. His Division II team — the Rams — beat the Post University Eagles 80-60. Magee, a Philadephia U. alum, has coached the team for 48 years. 6ABC notes he’s the first men’s coach in Division II and second men’s coach in NCAA history to get to a thousand wins.
TO DO: LISTEN TO FREE JAZZ FROM LOCAL ARTISTS
WHAT: Monday Jazz Jam upstairs at World Cafe Live
WHERE: 3025 Walnut Street
WHEN: 5:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
POINT BREEZE: THE CHANGING ‘HOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIERCE COUNCIL RACE
Point Breeze, as much as any neigborhood in Philly, has been linked with change for the last several years. These changes are at the heart of the race for the 2nd Council District between Ori Feibush and incumbent Kenyatta Johnson, in which Point Breeze will likely play a major role. Has the 2nd District changed enough in four years to sweep a newcomer into office? And are longtime residents embracing the new businesses and people, or fearing they’re getting pushed out? Sure, there’s nuance. But let’s just say Feibush and Johnson are emblematic of new and old Philadelphia — and here’s where this fierce race will be waged.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PHILLY AUTISM PROJECT
In May, City Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien launched the Philadelphia Autism Project, the first municipal‐level initiative to improve the quality of life for Philadelphians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. On Monday, the final report of the project — done in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services — was released. We know the odds are small that you read the full 69 pages, so we read it for you. Here’s some of the important stuff.