NATIONAL NEWS: VP Joe Biden Makes the First Wedding He Officiates a Gay One

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

The vice president officiated at a gay wedding outside his residence on Monday.

Joe Biden presided over the same-sex union of White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, on Monday. As this was the first time Biden had ever performed such a ceremony, he had to get a special temporary certification in D.C. to make it legal. Biden, a longtime proponent of same-sex marriage, is said to have been instrumental in President Obama’s decision to back gay marriage during their 2012 re-election campaign. Read more »

#DNCDeals: Uncluttered

Porkroll egg and cheese deviled eggs at Taproom on 19th

Porkroll egg and cheese deviled eggs at Taproom on 19th

The #DNCDeals hashtag was a great idea by Philadelphia’s DNC hosting committee. Unfortunately, the hashtag is getting used by more than just local businesses looking to promote their own special deals. Luckily, we’re a little obsessive over here at Foobooz, we maintain Twitter lists of restaurants and bars and Twitter provides an easy way to search #DNCDeals across just those lists.

So for your DNC convenience, the real deals of the DNC, broken down by Philadelphia bars and restaurants.
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How a Philly Man’s Tweet Inspired That New Musical About Bill Murray, Wu-Tang Clan and Martin Shkreli

A musical based on a Philadelphia man's tweet involves Bill Murray, The Wu Tang Clan and Martin Shkreli

Bill Murray by Georges Biard, via CC BY-SA 3.0; RZA by MikaV via CC BY-SA 3.0, Tweet courtesy Rob Wesley.

The best Twitter account in Philadelphia is @eastwes. His account is so good, one of his tweets is becoming a musical.

This requires some ridiculous backstory, so strap in. About two years ago, hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan announced it would sell just one copy of its new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The double-CD album was sold at auction late last year to a secret bidder with explicit rules: It could be streamed or released for free, but couldn’t be commercially exploited until 2103.

A few months later, Bloomberg broke the bidder’s name: Martin Shkreli. Though he’d attracted controversy before, Shkreli was mostly unknown until he came to wide public attention months earlier when the New York Times reported his pharmaceutical company had purchased an old drug named Daraprim and raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750. “It really doesn’t make sense to get any criticism for this,” he told the Times.

Though it was a much less important situation, people may have been even angrier when they found out Shkreli bought the Wu-Tang album for a reported $2 million — especially after he threatened to destroy it. The news bounced around the Internet. And Rob Wesley (aka @eastwes) tweeted a joke. Read more »

Villanova Wins National Championship, Twitter Goes Bonkers

Villanova's Phil Booth celebrates after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.

Villanova’s Phil Booth celebrates after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.

It’s been a rough sporting year here in Philadelphia, what with the rebuilding, and the tanking, and the other team tanking, oh, and the Rube Goldberg self-destruct device that was Chip Kelly‘s final Eagles season. Which might explain why when Kris Jenkins sealed Villanova’s first NCAA Championship since 1985 with a breath-taking, buzzer-beating trey, Twitter erupted with a wave of euphoria not seen around here since Brad Lidge put one past Eric Hinske. There’s a lot of great #Villanova tweets out there. These are just a few of our favorites: Read more »

The Cop Behind the Philly Police Twitter Account Tells All

Photo courtesy Eric Gripp

Photo courtesy Eric Gripp

Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department made national news after tweeting a tongue-in-cheek job offer to Kanye West, and that’s just one of many playful social media moments that have come from the digital arm of the PPD. The person responsible? Sergeant Eric Gripp. Here, Gripp tells us why he’s afraid to check the department’s SnapChat account and what you have to do for him to block you on Twitter. Read more »

These Are a Few of Our Favorite #PHLSnow Tweets and Instagrams From Winter Storm Jonas

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Posted by The New Yorker on Saturday, January 23, 2016

The New Yorker‘s Joe Dator sums it all up pretty nicely above, so let’s cut to the chase: Here are some of our favorite #PHLSnow Tweets and Intagrams (so far) from winter Storm Jonas:

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The Best Twitter Reactions to Chip Kelly’s Ouster

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

As you might expect, Philadelphia Twitter exploded Tuesday night after news of Chip Kelly‘s “release” made the rounds. There was some negative reaction from fans who thought the third-year coach, who famously blew up the roster over the off-season — deserved one more year — but mostly, the mood was jubilant. (Also, check out how players have reacted to the news at Birds 24/7.)

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10 Important Throwback Tweets From Philadelphia’s New Mayor

Photo by Jeff Fusco. Tweets by Jim Kenney.

Photo by Jeff Fusco. Tweets by Jim Kenney.

Jim Kenney is not just Philadelphia’s next mayor. He is also a prolific Twitter user. Kenney has tweeted 7,562 times, which isn’t all that much — except that he tweets himself, often using Twitter as if he’s talking to the guy next to him at a diner counter.

We here at Philadelphia magazine chronicled his tweets in January, but now that he’s actually going to be mayor, let’s winnow the field down to his top-10 tweets.

(A few of these were retweeted last night by Twitter user @treblaw; to him, I give my utmost thanks.)

This is my favorite Jim Kenney tweet. He’s actually right, too: Kenney probably went to the Ross at 8th and Market, in the old Lit Brothers building. That Ross is awesome! It’s relatively organized and spaced out, unlike most discounters. It has a huge men’s section. And you can get Nike soccer cleats there for $8.

But, as my girlfriend points out, how bougie is Kenney? He first went to a Ross in 2012?! Read more »

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