Axios Philadelphia

Picture of the Philadelphia skyline.

Happy Monday, and welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your long weekend. Let's get to it.

  • Today's weather: It'll be mostly sunny but pretty breezy. Get a coat to combat the high of 44.

Today's newsletter is 775 words, a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Philly gets high marks for LGBTQ+ inclusivity

Data: Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Graphic: Taylor Allen/Axios
Data: Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Graphic: Taylor Allen/Axios

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is recognizing Philadelphia for its LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

Driving the news: The national LGBTQ+ advocacy group recently released its 10th annual Municipal Equality Index, which evaluates cities on several factors that could impact quality of life for LGBTQ+ residents.

How it works: The index measures across five categories: non-discrimination laws, municipal services, employer protections, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.

  • Cities score points based on what they and their policies offer, with some room for "flex" or bonus points.

Zoom in: Philly scored a perfect 100 this year, with top marks for non-discrimination laws and municipal services.

  • The city also received extra recognition for things like providing services to LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness and older adults.

Of note: Pittsburgh and State College — the central Pennsylvania municipality home to Penn State's main campus — also scored 100.

Meanwhile, other high-ranking Pennsylvania cities include Allentown and Reading, which scored 94 and 91 respectively.

  • Allentown lost points for failing to report 2019 hate crime statistics to the FBI, while Reading's score reflected its lack of transgender-inclusive health benefits.

The other side: Harrisburg, the state's capitol, ranked the worst out of the 10 Pennsylvania areas measured — scoring 69.

  • It lost most of its points for the lack of inclusion in law enforcement and municipal services.
Data: Human Rights Campaign; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Zoom out: Other cities across the U.S. that scored 100 on the index include Chicago, New York, Denver and Boston.

See where other cities stand

2. Screen Time: Patricia Wellenbach

Patricia Wellenbach
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University

Patricia Wellenbach this year became the first woman in Thomas Jefferson University's 197-year history to lead its Board of Trustees.

  • The board chair, who was elected in July, is also president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum. She started her career as a registered nurse.

We asked Wellenbach to open up about how she uses her phone for work and for fun as part of our recurring Screen Time series.

📱 Device of choice: iPhone 13, but her "favorite device of the moment" is her iPad Pro.

👇 First tap of the day: "My COVID health care app to clear me for work."

👟 Most-used app: StepsApp and Dark Sky.

📸 Favorite non-work app: Instagram.

ğŸŽ§ Podcast queue: "This American Life," "On Being with Krista Tippett" and "The Splendid Table."

⏯ Currently streaming: "Succession" and "The Morning Show."

📚 Reading list: "Small Things Like These" by Claire Keegan and "The Paris Library: A Novel" by Janet Skeslien Charles.

ğŸŽµ On rotation: Adele's new album "30," Diana Krall and Aretha Franklin.

🔌 How you unplug: "Spending time with my granddaughter is a joy, and any time spent with my husband always restores my soul."

3. Homicides reach grim milestone

Data: Philadelphia Police Department. Chart: Axios

Philly's annual homicide count hit 500 as of Sunday, matching the city's previous all-time high set in 1990, according to the police department's online database.

State of play: With roughly five weeks left in the year, killings were 11% higher on Sunday than the same time last year.

  • Firearms are used in the majority of killings.

Between the lines: Black residents are disproportionately affected by gun violence, accounting for 82% of homicide victims and 85% of shooting victims, according to police data through Nov. 17.

4. News Market

Illustration of a neon sign that reads News Market.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

📧 Emails from Philadelphia Gas Works executives, obtained by WHYY, show the utility company was involved in drafting legislative bills that counter climate goals. (WHYY)

🚽 Want to know how to find free bathrooms around the city? A new iPhone app called Where2Go maps out the stalls, and users can rate them. (Billy Penn)

🍽 Philly is expected to pass a bill to make streeteries permanent in December, but in only certain neighborhoods. Restaurants in areas left out of the plan are sharing worries about how they'll keep the outdoor dining fixtures. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

5. Tweet du jour: Galloping into the holidays

Screenshot courtesy of @Harriettsbooks' Twitter feed

Harriett's Bookshop, a Black-owned bookstore with a focus on women authors, is encouraging people to shop local over the holidays by reminding Twitter users about what makes the Philadelphia shop so special.

In this unique Philly moment, owner Jeannine Cook delivered books on horseback — nodding to her work with the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club.

6. What you missed in sports over Thanksgiving weekend

Joel Embiid of the 76ers dribbles the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves
76ers' Joel Embiid dribbles the ball in the first half of the game against the Timberwolves Saturday. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

🏀 The 76ers lost 121-120 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday.

  • The good news: Four-time All-Star Joel Embiid scored 42 points in his return after contracting COVID-19 and missing nine games.
  • The bad news: It wasn't enough to overcome the double-overtime game. Plus, Ben Simmons remains on the sidelines.

🏈 The New York Giants defeated the Eagles 13-7 Sunday, dwindling the Birds' chances of making it to the playoffs.

🏒 The Flyers continued a string of defeats Sunday night, losing 2-5 against the New Jersey Devils.

  • On Friday, the team succumbed to the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3.

Our picks:

🪴 Mike is taking the leap into home composting to prepare for the spring gardening season.

😴 Taylor is still recovering from a food coma over the holiday weekend.