The race is over. Jim Kenneywon in a landslide, taking more than 55 percent of the vote in the six-way Democratic primary. City Council had a shakeup, with Democratic newcomers Derek Green (a former aide to Councilwoman Marian Tasco) and Allan Domb (the moniker we in the media settled on for him was “condo king“) advancing in the primary and Helen Gym (who Philadelphia magazine’s Patrick Kerkstra predicted would run for City Council back in 2013) in good position to advance as well given her narrow lead in the vote count. And since this is Philadelphia, they’re all likely to win in the general.
“But,” you’re saying, “enough about the election. Were there good tweets? Were there any election memes?” Philadelphia was pretty much spared having to see a bunch of election memes except for “another working family for…” signs (those came from the candidates). There were some pretty funny tweets, however. Here are some of my favorites. Read more »
Millions of media members and regular viewers tuned in to the finale of Mad Men last night, and — despite not having watched the show since the beginning of Season 4 — I found the finale quite enjoyable. Read more »
Arn Tellem (left) and Franz Lidz (Photos: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame)
Franz Lidz moved to Penn Valley in 1961 “during a legendary blizzard.” A year later, he struck up a friendship with a boy who had also just moved to the neighborhood: Arn Tellem. The two ventured into different careers — Lidz a respected writer for publications like Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian magazine, and Tellem a “powerful sports agent you can actually like” — but remained friends. On May 28th, they will both be inducted in to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Read more »
A few years ago I bought a $10 photograph at Mostly Books. My friend told me it was too much, but I didn’t bother to haggle and now it’s on my wall. It’s of Snellenburg’s at 11th and Market. I’m not sure where it’s from, but there’s a card glued to it describing the old department store. The card says the photo is courtesy the Community College of Philadelphia. I’ve assumed it was in the lobby of a since-closed building, but that’s just a guess.
Of course, I never saw that Snellenburg’s in real life. The store closed in 1962. By the time I was a kid, it had been altered and was unrecognizable to the building today. I live nearby, and I occasionally stopped by some of the stores in the building (on the way back from The Gallery). It was your usual Center City strip: City Blue, USA Boutique, Hallmark, an eyeglasses store, a cell phone shop, a dollar store, a scrub shop, a store called “FUNKY” I never set foot in. Read more »
Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.
[Update 1:38 p.m.] CNN reports: “Twenty-five people were still being treated at five hospitals midday Friday, including eight in critical condition, according to hospital spokespeople.” The numbers below reflect just the people hospitalized at Temple.
[Original] Temple University Hospital released information on the passengers still in the hospital from Tuesday night’s crash of Amtrak 188.
The hospital now has 12 passengers from the crash, up from 11 the day before. One patient was transferred from another hospital overnight. Five patients are in critical condition. Read more »
Mar 4, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) singled during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at a spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Phillies are 13-23. They’re last in the NL East. Only two teams in the NL have fewer wins than our Fightin’ Phils. It’s only May, but this season is already lost.
But not everything is bad. The Phillies do actually have some intriguing prospects in the pipeline. And today, they called up their most promising one: Maikel Franco. He is the team’s third baseman of the future.
Franco, who hit .355 with 12 doubles and 4 homers for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this year, was the Baseball America’s No. 17-rated prospect in 2014. (He fell to No. 56 this year, but whatever, let’s ignore that.) The native of the Dominican Republic was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in 2010. Read more »
Just because there was a horrible train crash does not mean rail funding should be increased (or even kept the same). But, obviously, a lot of people were angry at the vote — especially after reports that a safety measure called positive train control would have prevented the train from traveling so fast around the curve. (Amtrak has begun installing PTC on the Northeast Corridor, but federal officials said it is not yet operational.) Let’s take one angry comment at random: Read more »
There are many questions about the future of the Sixers. Which draft picks are they going to get in the lottery next week? If the Sixers get just one draft pick in the lottery — as is likely — will fans be upset? Who are they going to take in the draft? Will the team be any good next year or are we stuck with another year of awful basketball? Why won’t Sixers CEO Scott O’Neilsay the name of the arena the team plays in? Did his family once lose its fortune in a Wells Fargo stagecoach robbery?
And, of course: What will the team’s new jerseys look like? The Sixers promise an actual announcement on June 18th at the Wells Fargo Center (or, as Scott O’Neil puts it, “the arena where we play”). But yesterday, Chris Creamer — of the famous-if-you’re-a-sports-dork SportsLogos.net — tweeted out images of the possible new Sixers jerseys. Or, at least, the words that are potentially on them.
We are just over a week away from Spruce Street Harbor Park’s May 22nd opening, and the site is starting to take shape. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was nice enough to walk me around Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Summerfest roller skating rink today to show off some of the progress.
You can get a first glimpse of the park at the Endless Summer fundraiser party, held next Thursday, May 20th from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $20 and include a drink. DJ Foxx Boogie spins at the rink, while Ernest Stuart plays jazz at SSHP. Read more »