Newsletter for Monday, Dec. 7
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Church of the Assumption as seen from the Reading Viaduct; photo via @katlyn_cotton on Instagram.
EVEN THE GOVERNOR WANTS PORNY EMAIL JUSTICE MICHAEL EAKIN TO RESIGN
Porngate did not take a break this weekend. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf is now calling for State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin to resign. Why are we just now hearing from Wolf about Eakin’s roll in the porny email scandal? Well, the Inquirer reported over the weekend that Eakin was involved in trying to choose a new appointee to the judicial disciplinary tribunal that will decide his own fate in the scandal. Our governor considers that a problem. Catch up on the whole email scandal here.
‘MY CUSTOMERS ARE ALL WAY MORE TALENTED THAN I AM’: THE STORY OF SKETCH BURGER
Sketch Burger is best known for two things: the juicy, messy burgers — often accompanied by hand-cut fries — and the colorful drawings that line every inch of the Fishtown eatery’s walls. Deciding which drawings to hang on the walls is one of owner Phyllis Farquhar’s favorite things. Here’s the story behind cups of crayons on the tables and what happens to the drawings that don’t make it on the walls.
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THAT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN: THE EAGLES BEAT THE PATRIOTS
In case you missed it, the Eagles beat the Patriots yesterday. Once upon a time, this would not have been a huge deal. The teams even faced each other in the Super Bowl in 2005 (spoiler alert: we lost). But this is 2015, and the Eagles suck. Things got so bad a couple weeks ago that Ed Rendell appeared on TV with a bag over his head to hide his embarrassment. But the Iggles prevailed Sunday in a 35-28 win at the New England stadium. Sports writers are calling this a Patriots blunder more than an Eagles victory, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get.
ICYMI: 6 BATTLES IN PHILLY’S 300-YEAR WAR ON CHRISTMAS
Don’t believe in the War on Christmas? Well, good for you. You’re sane. But you must remember something about our fair state of Pennsylvania: It is often insane. And as such, it has been a place where Christmas has been attacked and then met with opposition from people who love it with great fervor. There have been plenty of attempts to reduce its significance, going all the way back to the first Quaker settlers. Here are six examples of how Christmas has been both Pennsylvania’s passion and a controversy for the last 300 years.