Philly Twitter Probes Hate Crime; RJ Metrics on a Roll; #MeetBillyPenn

Newsletter for September 17, 2014

PHILLY TWITTER MAY HAVE CRACKED HATE CRIME

While you were sleeping, Philly Twitter users helped pull together details about the group of “clean cut” men and women wanted in the horrific beating of a gay couple on Sunday. After Philly police released a video of the assault, @GreggyBennett posted a photo showing what appeared to be members of the group in a private dining area of Center City eatery La Viola. Then @Fansince09 swung into action, using a Facebook check-in at the restaurant to flag accounts. No arrests yet, but even a hardened Philly detective was singing the praises of the crowdsourced investigation — and Channel 6 is reporting some potential suspects have hired attorneys, and are headed in for questioning.

RJ METRICS RAISES $16.5 MILLION, PLANS HIRING SPREE

If you’re an engineer with a passion for product and you’re experienced in online metrics, you may want to get that resume ready. Philly’s own RJ Metrics, which provides analytics for online businesses, is about to hire after a successful Series B round of funding led by West Coast firm August Capital. Their jobs board says it all — and the Center City company has already grown from 26 employees to nearly 80.

#MEETBILLYPENN: COME VISIT DURING OFFICE HOURS TODAY

Billy Penn’s staffers are taking to the coffeehouses of Philadelphia. Come say “hi” to Chris Krewson, Shannon McDonald and Anna Orso — tell us what you’re looking for in your news, what a good day looks like in Philly, or how you’d like the city to get better. Or just come and drink coffee; that works for us too. Shannon will be at Reanimator Coffee in Fishtown from noon – 2 pm, while Chris will be at the La Colombe on Penn Square during that time and Anna stakes out Cafe Ole in Old City from 2-4pm. Stop on by, y’all.


TODAY: TED X AT THE FREE LIBRARY

WHAT: “Inspire Curiosity,” the first of a series of TedX talks in the city.
WHO: Philly Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski, Inq/DN cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, Astrophysicist Gino Segrè
WHERE: Skyline Room, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $38.50 per ticket
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PENNSYLVANIA HAS ALL OF THE GOVERNMENTS

Let’s talk about bureaucracy: Our fair state  has more local governments than any other save Texas and Illinois. Why? Keystone Crossroads, a new project at WHYY, explains — one is the state’s relatively lax law, and the other is geography. (Pittsburgh on one side, Philly on the other and Kentucky in between…)

GRANTLAND: DARREN SPROLES IS THE MVP OF THE NFL (SO FAR)

The sparkplug that helped the Eagles turn two close games into wins deserves recognition, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell argues: “In consecutive weeks, he’s been the straw that stirred the drink during second-half comebacks for Philadelphia. So why did so few teams want Sproles this offseason?” He answers… at length.

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