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The facts about the Oz allegations of animal cruelty

As the Senate race heats up, with polls showing a narrow margin, an account of Jezebel yesterday about Mehmet Oz’s animal research caused a splash.

  • The Republican candidate was in fact the director of a research program at Columbia when it agreed to settle animal cruelty claims with the USDA.

Billy Penn looked at the circumstances three weeks ago, and actually interviewed the whistleblower who revealed the alleged puppy abuse.


Meet Mr. Riggs, Philly’s newest blow-up protest mascot

Scabby the Rat, step aside: There’s a new float that’s grabbing eyes at rallies in Philadelphia.

  • Named Mr. Riggs, the fat cat was loaned to Tax the Rich PHL, the coalition pushing for a city “wealth tax” with a bill first introduced by Councilwoman Kendra Brooks in 2020.

Expect to see the new bobber in town As the Council discusses Brooks’ proposal, which has received a lot of backlash, Jordan Levy reports.

'Mr.  Riggs' is being loaned to reinforce Tax the Rich PHL's message

SUMMARY: What else happened?

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  • Advocates are pushing Harrisburg pass bipartisan health insurance reform before the end of the legislative session. The bill would give doctors more flexibility in treatment options for chronic diseases. [Spotlight PA]
  • Philly has never elected an openly gay city councilor, and a cadre of Dem insiders are trying to change that, pushing the party to back public interest lawyer Rue Landau for a large seat. [Inquirer$]
  • A local developer is using a $675k loan from the Philadelphia Accelerator Fund to build an 88-unit affordable housing complex in Tioga near Temple University Hospital. It is aimed at healthcare workers and seniors. [Axios]
  • RIP Audrey Evans, the pediatric cancer researcher who co-founded Ronald McDonald House in Philly. His died last week at age 97. A movie about her life is currently in production. [PhillyVoice/Audrey’s Children]
  • Writer, director and producer Lee Daniels is honored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. The Philly native’s recent work includes “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” and “Concrete Cowboy.” [Ticketleap/Billy Penn]
  • It’s pierogi szn: St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in NoLibs is already start preparing 16,000 balls for his November festival, which will help raise money for Ukrainian refugees hosted by the church. [6ABC]


No public events on Mayor Kenney’s schedule today. Yesterday its admin announced the next SmartCityPHL Pilot the smart street lights. This one has to do with loading zones: In designated areas (Chestnut, Walnut and Sansom between Broad and 6th), delivery drivers can use an app to temporarily reserve curb space at a cost of $3 per hour.


🪄 The East Kensington Arts and Oddities Festival, officially titled “WEIRDO,” lands at Philadelphia Brewing Co. with circus acts, magic tricks, food, drink and music. (2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8)

🍹 Billy Penn contributor Alisha Miranda works with Visit Philly to promote the city’s top latin bartenders at The Franklin Bar. Drinks are pay as you go. (20:30 Monday, Sept. 10)

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