Demonstrators railing against the Washington football team's nickname will be protesting outside Lincoln Financial Field before tonight's game. They're supporting a noble effort, and they are working against a common foe. Be kind to them. If you like what you're reading, it's free to sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, so please email me, tweet me @tommyrowan, or reach our social team on Facebook.

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Irony anyone?

Because in an NFL consumed by fiery debate over players protesting injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem, Jeff Gammage writes, one team will take the field in Philadelphia on Monday bearing a name and logo that she and other American Indians consider deeply racist – the Redskins.

When the Washington team runs onto the turf to face the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, before a national Monday Night Football audience, Fann-Boyle and others will be outside at 11th and Pattison, demanding an end to what they say is a harmful and destructive slur. "They can't see how hypocritical it is," she said. "How can you deny this ugliness?"

More Eagles coverage:

Protesters Sunday gathered again outside a national law enforcement event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, following a march Saturday in which two demonstrators were arrested and charged with assaulting Philadelphia police officers.

The demonstrations come as thousands of law enforcement officials meet in Philadelphia at a conference for the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the attendees Saturday and is expected to make another appearance Monday, when he will make an announcement on plans to combat the violent gang MS-13. 

Marking its 20th anniversary this month, the Inside Out Program has grown from a single class with Temple students and prison inmates to courses that bring university students into prisons all over the world to study alongside inmates.

Samantha Melamed profiles founder Lori Pompa and her team, including men who served decades in prison and now train professors on how to run their own Inside-Out exchange programs.

What you need to know today

  • Ivanka Trump will visit Bucks County Monday to press for President Trump's tax plan, the White House's top legislative priority. The stop will allow the president's daughter a platform in a moderate part of Pennsylvania, and in a major media market where conservative groups have run ads trying to build support for the tax plan now pending in Congress.
  • In the Philadelphia suburbs last week, personalized white supremacist flyers were mailed to thousands of residents in upper Montgomery County. The flyers were similar to ones sent out there at various times over the summer. Residents are concerned (especially since the latest mailings included personal descriptors), but officials at the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center said last month these kind of flyers, while hateful, are common tactics used by white supremacist groups and seldom escalate to anything more threatening. Is this section of Montgomery County being targeted for white supremacist recruiting?
  • Racist texts. A fight before homeroom. Cheerleaders called the N-word. A black doll hanging by a tie. Pumpkins carved with a swastika and a reference to the Ku Klux Klan. Student protests. Police in the hallways. That was just this month. In three area school districts. Racial incidents rocked these schools. Now what?
  • In towns large and small, health officials have had to go begging for more money to cover the explosive growth of autopsies, toxicology tests, and overtime hours as victims of opioid overdoses stack up.
  • Cape May is a National Historic Landmark City — one of only five in the nation — and building codes are so strict there that if you want to paint a shed you have to get permission on the color. So neighbors of a proposed Atlantic City Electric power station are outraged that the utility can come in and "ruin" their neighborhood with the three-story tall edifice it wants to build.
  • The mother of 18-year-old Muhammed Goode, the teen arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of another teen, Messiah Chiverton, in Oxford Circle a week ago says her son was bullied by Chiverton and members of his gang.
  • The top IRS criminal agent in Philadelphia, who has been the public face of the agency in many recent tax fraud cases, has been charged with sexually abusing a co-worker at a St. Louis event.

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That’s Interesting

  • How does Reading Terminal Market plan to compete with Amazon's Whole Foods? The iconic market is launching a set of 21st century innovations, which are driven by competition from a new wave of grocers.
  • Towey's Tavern, a Chestnut Hill institution, is closing after more than 60 years. Longtime bartenders lament the closing, saying the city's original taproom culture is dying. Regulars say there's no place left for them, no beer-and-shot bars in the area that's blissfully free from pretension and the growing craft beer movement. Adding insult to injury, the business taking over the spot will be the Foodery. One last party is planned for Saturday night to send Towey's off with a bang.
  • How a dispute with a former leader nearly sank the Fishtown Neighbors Association: Attorney Jordan Rushie won a settlement from the organization he once headed, after he said board members defamed him and caused him to lose most of his Fishtown clients. Up until Friday it looked like it could have tanked the organization.
  • Lisa Salters, ESPN's sideline reporter on Monday Night Football, is a Montco native and a graduate of Upper Merion High. Salters, who thinks it's weird that Ron Jaworski knows who she is, reflects on her local ties before the Eagles' play in the nationally-televised game Monday night.
  • Regardless of class, fellas from the neighborhood connect over roots as they chase the pallino, keeping alive the ancient game of bocce.
  • Computer-controlled special effects, elaborate theme rooms, and immersing participants in a video game- or movie-like setting are the elements 5 Wits uses. The venue opened this Thursday at Plymouth Meeting Mall is its sixth location.


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"What if we taught local politics the way some high schools teach drivers' education by showing the students a mangled car wreck?"
— Writes Chris Brennan, offering a detailed lesson in how not to run for public office in Philadelphia.
  • Columnist Christine Flowers says her deepest anger is at people who will use the Harvey Weinstein moment to both trivialize the phenomena of sexual abuse and limit the class of people who can be shown compassion. Be angry about abusive men, she says, but #metoo confuses the issue.
  • It's time, says columnist John Baer, for a Pennsylvania constitutional convention. Seriously. Two Republicans just formally kicked off an effort to create a convention in which state citizens can vote on issues to fix our broken state government and political infrastructure. It's been 50 years since the last one. Baer offers details, chats with sponsors and lays out the process and its odds of success.

What we’re reading

  • The Danger of President Pence: Trump's critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks. [New Yorker]
  • The power and politics of the black barbershop: A haircut and a healing. [The Fader]
  • "The Loneliest Polar Bear," a five-part series from The Oregonian, is an incredibly well-written and ambitious piece of journalism that reads like a detective novel. [The Oregonian]
  • "A Catfishing With a Happy Ending": Emma Perrier was deceived by an older man on the internet—a hoax that turned into an unbelievable love story. [The Atlantic]
  • "My Search for L.A.'s Toughest Fitness Class": From grippy socks to callused palms, a quest for an exercise silver bullet. [Outside]