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Asylum-seeker bus to Philly?; Chickenman goes worldwide; Pa. Legislature’s final days | Sunday roundup

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RECAP: Wanting again on the week that was

• Excessive turnout in Philly, extra younger voters nationwide

Regardless of warnings from officers that the counts would possibly drag on, every part went easily and most Pa. races have been referred to as on election night time. In Philadelphia, 46% of registered voters solid a poll, making it the metropolis’s second-best displaying for midterms in a number of many years. Throughout the nation, extra younger voters (aged 18-29) got here out than traditional for off-year elections, although the estimated 27% turnout isn’t as excessive as 4 years in the past. [BP/Spotlight PA/BP/NPR]

• Fetterman outperforms Biden throughout Pa.

By no means belief polls. That mantra held true for Democratic Senator-elect John Fetterman, who beat Republican Mehmet Oz 51%-47% regardless of the latter polling forward simply earlier than Election Day. Fetterman had a greater displaying than Biden in most of Pa.’s 67 counties — the Inky says all however three; the Publish says all however six. Unrelatedly, DYK Fetterman and Taylor Swift have been born in the identical hospital? [BP/Pa. Gov/Inquirer$/Wash Post$/BP]

• Philly chickenman goes worldwide

Philadelphians had the excuse of making an attempt to recover from a double sports activities loss, however why was the remainder of the world so fascinated with the person who ate 40 consecutive rotisserie chickens? After Billy Penn kicked issues off with our preliminary interview — and reside occasion protection — Alexander Tominsky’s antics confirmed up all over the place from the BBC to Yahoo Information to “Wait Wait…Don’t Inform Me.” He’s now utilizing his platform to handle starvation in his neighborhood. [BP x 2/BBC/Yahoo/NPR/Billy Penn]

• Native illustrator supplies Instagram’s ‘Vote’ stickers

Instagram’s official “stickers” for election-related posts — utilized by everybody from Selena Gomez to Joe Biden — have been drawn by Philadelphia illustrator Fabiola Lara. “I as soon as had a professor inform me it wasn’t actually value it to put up illustrated GIFs in my portfolio,” tweeted the freelance designer, whom we profiled final spring. [Inquirer$/Al Día/@fabiolitadraws/Billy Penn]

Questlove DJ'd in Philadelphia as part of a 'Joy to the Polls' voter turnout effort
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VISION: Wanting ahead to the week forward

• Texas sending a bus of individuals in search of asylum

Philadelphia is reportedly the subsequent vacation spot for Texas Gov. Abbott’s effort to ship immigrants to East Coast cities, which has price the Lone Star State at the least $12 million. Native officers famous they’ve been getting ready since summer time, so are able to deal with Monday’s anticipated arrival of 52 individuals in search of asylum. Philadelphia has had “sanctuary metropolis” insurance policies since Mayor Nutter was in cost. [CBS3/Texas Gov/Texas Tribune/@K_Hua/BP 2018]

• Last three days of Pa. Legislature

This week the Pa. Home and Senate are scheduled to convene for the ultimate three days of their legislative session. It’s unclear whether or not they’ll take up the articles to question DA Krasner. If not, the decision must be reintroduced once more subsequent 12 months, when Republicans won’t maintain each chambers. With two races nonetheless undecided and a 101 to 100 D-to-R stability, Democrats have a very good likelihood of gaining management of the Home. [BP/NBC News/BP]

• Franklin Sq. lights twinkle to Mariah Carey

The annual “Electrical Spectacle” vacation gentle present returns to Franklin Sq. beginning Wednesday, with the carousel and mini golf open for enterprise as 200k lights sparkle to the music. New this 12 months to the 30-minute soundtrack is none apart from Mariah Carey’s “All I Need for Christmas Is You.” [Historic Philadelphia/Visit Philly]

• Runners take over for marathon weekend

Greater than 30,000 racers are anticipated to line up subsequent Sunday on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the Philadelphia Marathon, which dates again to the Twenties however wasn’t formalized with all 26.2 miles inside town limits till 1994. That’s to not be confused with this weekend’s Rocky Run, or the next weekend’s Rocky 50k — sure, Philly has two totally different Rocky-themed races. [Phila Marathon/VisitPhilly/Fox29/Daily Penn/BP 2017]

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