Russia have Flyers replacement; Beginner’s Guide to the American Revolution; Melrose Diner slated for demolition | Sunday overview

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• Runners say SEPTA’s explanation doesn’t add up

Regional train riders were hit with double charges for some trips to the city center. SEPTA acknowledged this when Billy Penn asked about it, attributing it to a keycard bug that surfaced two weeks ago. But several people said they noticed the extra costs as early as April. It’s also unclear whether everyone will get a refund — so far it’s only automatic for TransPass holders. [Billy Penn]

• $450,000 school consultant controversy

Parents, teachers and Philadelphia public school advocates have raised questions about a $450,000 contract quietly awarded last month to help new Superintendent Tony Watlington settle into his job. But Board of Education officials are defending the decision to hire outside consultants, despite the company’s controversial history – its manager once gave up his teaching license for mishandling sexual harassment allegations. [Billy Penn/Inquirer$/WHYY/Chalkbeat]

• Pride month ends on a high note

A ballroom showcase at the Franklin Institute helped wrap up Pride Month in Philadelphia, which kicked off with the reimagined revival of a citywide celebration. If you haven’t listened to “March On” yet, you can binge on Michaela Winberg’s podcast about the city’s LGBTQ history and community. Plus, an alumnus who volunteered at Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride 50 years ago offers his thoughts on the new approach. [BP/BP/WHYY/Billy Penn]

• American Revolution Starter Guide

Everyone knows that Philadelphia is full of American Revolutionary history. But if you’re new to the city, you might find it hard to decide where to start exploring. If you’ve lived here your whole life, you might have skipped some of the more interesting ones. From touristy to lesser known, Asha Prihar has an inescapable introduction to Philadelphia’s Revolutionary War history. [Billy Penn]

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• The Melrose Diner is about to be demolished

Over the past few years, Philadelphia has lost many of its late-night hangouts, and it looks like another is heading towards that fate. The owner of the Melrose Diner on West Passyunk demolition permits obtained to topple the longtime favorite. Although on-site managers initially played down the news, city documents show plans to build a new tower on the triangular lot – which could eventually include a new restaurant on the ground floor. [BP 2019/@axballooon/Passyunk Post/Inquirer$]

• The fate of the Future Flyers goalkeeper in the hands of Russia

It’s unclear what will happen to Ivan Fedotov, who served as goaltender for Russia at the Beijing Olympics and recently signed a one-year contract to join the Flyers as a backup goaltender. The 25-year-old was detained by Russian authorities before he left for Philadelphia on ostensible charges he was dodging military service. The last word is that he was hospitalized after “falling ill”. [PhillyVoice/NYT$/HockeyFeed]

• Demonstrations join the celebrations on July 4

There’s a day-long promenade party and concert with fireworks (stay tuned for our photos) and plenty more to do, but Independence Day this year brings also demonstrations. People galvanized by the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade organize rallies – one more official and one more radical. [Welcome America/Visit Philly/Billy Penn]

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