Catholic School Coach Fired After Gay Attack; Rare Respiratory Virus Hits Philly; #MeetBillyPenn (Again)

Newsletter for September 18

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BASKETBALL COACH AT BUCKS CO. CATHOLIC SCHOOL FIRED AFTER GAY ATTACK

Fran McGinn, an assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, had his contract terminated Wednesday because of his alleged involvement in a brutal attack on two gay men Sunday in Center City. The Daily NewsVinny Vella has the scoop — the 25-year-old McGinn was with other former Wood students who allegedly participated in the attack near Rittenhouse Square. “We expect all those who work with students in our schools to model appropriate Christian behavior at all times,” an Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman told Vella. While no arrests have yet been made, several “persons of interest” are being interviewed by police. But don’t call it a hate crime — under state law, there’s no way prosecutors can bring that kind of charge.

#OHSHIT: RARE RESPIRATORY VIRUS ARRIVES IN PHILLY

It’s called enterovirus, and it first surfaced in Missouri in August. It looks like a cold, with symptoms like a runny nose, fever, and coughing. But for those vulnerable – especially kids with athsma – it can mean intense hospitalization. So how do you fight it? Wash hands with soap and water (avoid hand sanitizers) and cough into your elbows. And hope this sucker goes away soon.

AND THEN THERE WERE THREE: EX-D.A. LYNNE ABRAHAM TO RUN FOR MAYOR

This spring’s Democratic primary for Philly mayor is heating up, with five-time-District Attorney Lynne Abraham throwing her hat into the ring. The field already includes Terry Gillen and city solicitor Ken Trujillo. In a nice touch, when Abraham told The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas “I’m probably the only one who has the experience [to tackle] the most difficult problems facing the city,” Vargas followed up with a version of “what problems?” and Abraham declined to name any. Womp womp.

#MEETBILLYPENN: OFFICE HOURS TODAY IN E. PASSYUNK

The Billy Penn newsroom descends upon Fuel at 1917 E. Passyunk Ave. today starting at noon. Stop by to meet editor Chris Krewson, community manager Shannon McDonald and reporter/curator Anna Orso as we plot… er… plan for our launch later this fall. Ask questions, talk journalism, create hashtags, and/or drink coffee with us.


TO DO: UNIVERSITY CITY’S BALTIMORE AVE. DOLLAR STROLL

WHAT: Vendors, shops, restaurants, and food trucks, all offering $1 deals
WHERE: Baltimore Ave. (duh), 41st-53rd streets
WHEN: 5:30-8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $1 per deal, pay-as-you-go
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STREET ARTIST BRINGS RAP SIGNS TO PHILLY NEIGHBORHOODS

Meet Jay Shells, a New Yorker whose mission in life so far has been to place about 160 signs sporting lyrics from hip-hop songs in geographically appropriate neighborhoods. He’s hit New York, L.A. and now Philly with signs like “While y’all debated who the truth was like Jews & Christians, I was on Cecil B., Broad Street, Master, North Philly, South Philly, 23rd & Tasker” at the intersection of 23rd & Tasker. Next City has the scoop. (via PlanPhilly)

THIS PENN PROF WON A MACARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ GRANT

NBD, but 32-year-old Danielle Bassett, a bioengineering prof at the University of Pennsylvania, had a pretty great day yesterday. She was one of 21 winners of a 5-year, $625,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. As her profile in The Inquirer notes, she and her colleagues use network science to indirectly measure the brain activity of research subjects, and monitor how different regions of the brain interact as people learn.

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