Newsletter for Monday, June 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, aka the Manayunk Bike Race, was this weekend. Photo via @erin7200 on Instagram.
HEY OBAMACARE USERS: GET READY TO PAY UP
Almost half a million Pennsylvanians bought health care on the Marketplace last year, and they’re in for a surprise next year. Big insurers who sell plans via that route are asking state regulators for a big price hike, the AP reported yesterday — as much as 10 percent in some cases. Why? Many people got health care for the first time, and then they started using it.
POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS LANWDALE PIZZA SHOP THIEF, EARNS FREE ‘BOLI
Off-duty Philly police Detective Mark Flacco was just waiting for his stromboli at the Rising Sun Pizzeria in Lawndale. Then two men entered and allegedly tried to rob the joint at gunpoint, per today’s Daily News. Police say one of the alleged robbers, 33-year-old Andrew Ellerbe, shot first from a gun that would later turn out to be full of blanks. Flacco, the only customer inside, was told to hit the floor and did. When the alleged robbers looked to the counter staff, Flacco drew his Glock and said he was a police officer. Ellerbe turned and shot twice, and Flacco returned fire. (Police say the shootout was caught on video.) The second alleged robber is on the loose. Meanwhile, the owners of the Rising Sun say Flacco’s money is no good in their shop any more.
TO DO: YOGA BY THE DELAWARE RIVER
WHAT: Outdoor yoga
WHERE: The Race Street Pier, Delaware and Race
WHEN: 6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE MARKET STREET COLLAPSE, TWO YEARS LATER: WHAT’S CHANGED?
Two years ago Friday, a four-story, free-standing wall at 22nd and Market streets collapsed, crushing a Salvation Army thrift store along the way. Two men were since criminally charged in the deaths of six people. Many lawsuits have been filed. And the city itself has had to answer for what some deemed shoddy inspection work and a lack of effective oversight from its overworked Department of Licenses and Inspections. Friday morning, family members of those killed gathered with Mayor Michael Nutter to remember the collapse and look toward the future. The June 5 Memorial that recently won Art Commission approval is half-funded — it’ll feature three granite stones, each with two windows to represent the six people who were killed. Their names will be etched into stone. While two people will answer to criminal charges, and many others to lawsuits, what’s really changed since the massive collapse?
HOW TO GET PHILLY NEWS IF THE NEWSPAPERS GO ON STRIKE
Pretty soon, employees of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com could be walking off their jobs in strike. Wednesday night, they voted overwhelmingly to begin preparations for one. The good news: Plenty of other great journalists cover Philadelphia and do original reporting every day. As a public service in the event that the city’s two newspapers decide not to cover the news, Billy Penn — since we curate these very same sources on our site, our social accounts and our newsletter — brings you this list of all the websites, TV stations, alt-weeklies and radio stations covering Philadelphia.