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Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, suffered a stroke over the weekend, the AP reports.
- Fetterman is on his way to a ‘full recovery’ and suffered no cognitive damage, according to his campaign. Meanwhile, rising Republican candidate Kathy Barnette is now barring reporters from attending her rallies, according to WHYY.
The stakes are high, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch, because the nation’s eyes are on Pennsylvania: It is considered a key Senate race in November.
Umbrellas and confetti were present in equal measure on Saturday as the Kensington Derby & Arts Festival returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
- An obstacle course with contestants in costume. riding human-powered contraptions is the unique feature of the event. The race route starts at a street fair with 100 local vendors and ends at a mud pit.
Photojournalist Erin Blewett was there for Billy Penn, to capture the day in all its rainy, colorful and undeniably muddy glory.
Tomorrow is Election Day in Pennsylvania! Whether you’re completing your mail-in ballot or preparing for the polls, Billy Penn’s Procrastinator’s Guide is your cheat sheet for all candidates and ballot questions. Here it is also in Spanish.
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- In another move by Republicans to prevent Mastriano from getting the Pennsylvania government nomination: McSwain’s main backer, Commonwealth Partners, has announced it will switch its support to Lou Barletta, saying it is the GOP’s best chance of winning in November. [Politics PA]
- Benzene emissions at the old South Philly refinery are lower than when it was active, but Hilco’s cleanup process still has leaks twice the EPA “action level.” [WHYY/Inquirer$]
- A new bill in the City Council aims to stop Philadelphia’s tree cover decline by asking developers to pay fees for trees they remove and don’t replace. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
- “She expects nothing in return except the pure happiness of everyone she comes in contact with.” Students at Little Flower High School in the Northeast love Ms. Stank, who does much more than teach Spanish. [Northeast Times]
- Michael Schulson of Sampan and Double Knot is opening a new speakeasy in the Wells Fargo building on Broad Street. Few details other than that it will open this year or next. [Biz Journal$]
- Oh nothing, just a horse hanging out at the FDR Skatepark. [@billy_penn/reddit]
Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public agenda today. Over the weekend, his social accounts shared their support for the right to safely access abortion services. He too sent good wishes to Lt. Governor Fetterman after hearing the news of the stroke.
🏆 This week is BP Quizzo! Our monthly trivia event on all things Philadelphia lands at the home of Fishtown Iced Teas (RIP Arctic Splash Cartons). Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are playing in the new courtyard at the Interstate Drafthouse, so start teaming up. Registration is free. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).
🗣️ At the Crane Building in Chinatown, the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Asian American Journalists is hosting a free in-person panel discussion on the special WHY “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: A Philadelphia Story.” (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18)
🎡 The Philadelphia Truce Day Cultural Carnival at Lighthouse Field in North Philadelphia features live performances and speakers, education and job opportunities, a family fun zone, and a basketball tournament. (12 noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21)