Newsletter for Friday, June 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
At the Linc, Venezuela pulled off the upset and beat Uruguay to advance in Copa America. These are some of the sights and sounds from South Philly. (Photo via @inmobiliamiami on Instagram.)
COPS: WOMAN’S FACE SLASHED JUST OFF SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL
Philadelphia Police say on Thursday afternoon just before 3 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was slashed on the face by an unknown person after she and a friend were walking on the trail and an unidentified man began following them. Philly.com reports the incident happened just off the trail near Walnut Street in Center City, and the woman was promptly treated for a wound in her forehead. Now, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says he’s going to accelerate the start date for a Schuylkill River Trail Watch after there’s been a string of assaults in the area.
AFTER SODA TAX SURPRISE, COUNCIL TO HOLD HEARINGS ON CITY’S FINANCES
“We heard it was all about the kids,” Philly Councilman at-large Bill Greenlee said Wednesday. “Sometime this afternoon we heard it’s also about the fund balance.” That was the reaction of many council members when they learned last-minute that some of the revenue from the mayor’s proposed soda tax will also go toward padding the city’s low general fund balance instead of pre-K, community schools or the promised parks and rec improvements. Why? Because the city is kinda broke. And now City Council wants some details.
A WINE EXPERT EXPLAINS WHY PA’S NEW GROCERY STORE LAW IS A BAD IDEA
What could be the problem with buying wine in a grocery store? For starters, you’ll pay more than if you purchased that bottle in a state store. So explains wine importer and distributor Jason Malumed, who does business in Pennsylvania. Everyone was quick to celebrate our new law that opens up wine purchases to 300 grocery stores across the state. But he says new rules are really a bust for consumers, distributors, licensees and even the PLCB. Here’s why.
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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THE PERSON WHO SELLS REAL ESTATE TO PHILLY ATHLETES
Sixers players don’t often purchase property around Philly because their future with the team is so uncertain. But Claude Giroux purchased a $2M condo in Rittenhouse after he signed an eight-year deal with the Flyers. Athletes’ needs run the gamut when they look to put roots down, whether that’s in Philly, Jersey or on the Main Line. They want to be close to work, but they want privacy. They have trouble getting PECO accounts when they move from abroad, and they often have expensive cars to store. We spoke with two realtors who work with Philly athletes about the buying process, which usually involves a roof deck.
HERE’S WHY THE PHILLIES JUST DRAFTED A HIGH SCHOOLER
Matt Klentak is now officially on the clock. The new Phillies General Manager has made his first draft choice, selecting outfielder Mickey Moniak with the top overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Klentak, who was hired in October to lead the Phillies into a new era of more analytic-minded baseball, has already begun to reshape the farm system through a series of late-season trades, off-season deals and value signings, putting the Phillies rebuild a bit ahead of schedule. Moniak is one of the top tools players in the draft out of high school, and his long and lean frame should help him develop into an all-around piece for the Phillies to build around in the outfield.