Philly to Pence: GTFO
On Tuesday, about 1,000 people descended on Rittenhouse Square to greet out-of-town visitor Vice President Mike Pence and speak piece of their minds about the Trump administration's latest immigration enforcement horror show.
While Pence was stumping for GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner at a high-dollar fundraiser inside the swanky Rittenhouse Hotel, protesters spread hundreds of pairs of shoes on the ground outside – symbolizing the separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
This protester’s sign summed up the attitude of the rally pretty well:
Victim of the hot dog launcher
It’s not a sandwich (and don’t @ us). But is it an assault weapon? We’re talking about hot dogs, people. Or to be exact, the national tradition of catapulting them into crowds of sports fans. The Philadelphia Phillies’ beloved, green, shag carpet-skinned mascot made national headlines (again) this week after injuring Kathy McVay, a Phils’ fan from Montgomery County. McKay landed in the emergency room on Monday, June 18, after taking a high-velocity sausage to the face in the stands. Diagnosis: no concussion, but she went home with a considerable black-and-blue shiner.
“It came down with such force, like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew off, and I started bleeding...Mostly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to go down the side of my face.”
– Kathy McVay, hot dog cannon victim, on Inside Edition
On Twitter, Lindsey T. So, assistant director of the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, offered a reputation-changing proposal we’d be remiss not to boost here:
That’s how many days passed between the first School Reform Commission meeting (Dec. 28, 2001) and its final session last week (June 21, 2018), according to the Inquirer's Kristen Graham. The Commission voted to abolish itself in November, and next week, nearly 17 years after a state-controlled takeover, a local school board – appointed by the mayor – will resume power over the district’s 200,000 students and $3 billion budget.
Councilwoman Cherelle Parker joined the league of extraordinarily long-winded lawmakers last week during the tail end of City Council’s final marathon session before summer recess. Parker, a first-term lawmaker who represents the 9th District in Northwest Philadelphia, spoke against an anti-squatting bill for nearly half an hour without interruption. City Council members often take their time to reflect on why they’re voting this way or that on a particular bill before the actual vote – but 26 minutes? When time came to vote on the bill, Parker voiced a “yes” vote before realizing her mistake and quickly changing it to a “no.” Council’s chambers promptly erupted with laughter.
Our partner City & State PA has a rundown of newsier details you may have missed from Council's final session, including the close vote on the proposed construction tax.
Wawa wedding engagement
We too love to balance out the slog of miseries in the news with content of the cheerier, local variety. This week, a Downingtown couple took their engagement photoshoot to the next level with a pitstop at the best convenience store in the mid-Atlantic region. Congrats to editor Blair Thornburgh and Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell. Sheetz sucks. Go Birds.