Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
An unseasonably warm Sunday (55 degrees in January, people!) brought fog that obscured the top of the Comcast Tower in Center City. Photo via Instagram user @connorfxsheridan.
FORBES: WE’RE KEEPING ‘UNDER 30’ IN PHILLY
Philly has a new anchor conference. Forbes, which brought folks as diverse as Monica Lewinsky and Malala Yousafzai in front of a crowd of strivers this past fall, worked with Mayor Nutter to seal the deal permanently, says the Inquirer. It’s a big deal for the city, which will see an influx of thousands every October — a boon for restaurants, tourist attractions and more. Will it, as Nutter told the Inky, be our version of the Davos conference? That seems a bit much; let’s check back in a few years to see.
DIVERS PULL MISSING MONTCO COLLEGE STUDENT FROM SCHUYLKILL RIVER
Shane Montgomery went missing the night before Thanksgiving after a night out in Manayunk. A little more than a month later, his body was found in the Schuylkill River, a few steps from the front of the bar he’d been in. Montgomery was found by the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a group of volunteer divers who were searching the river for the third time since mid-December.
GRAND JURY DECIDING WHAT TO DO ABOUT KATHLEEN KANE
Happy New Year, Kathleen Kane! The chief law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania is preparing for her year as a grand jury decides whether it should recommend criminal charges against her. Why? Well, someone in her office has been leaking information about ongoing investigations to the media. How do we know? Information leaked to the media, for example: “The Inquirer has learned that a number of former high-ranking officials in Kane’s administration have testified” in the case. It would be awkward, to say the least, if the grand jury winds up recommending charges — in the words of a state government observer, she’s “innocent until proven guilty… (but) any way you frame it, she is going to be in an extraordinarily tenuous position.”
TO DO: WATCH LEBRON JAMES NOT PLAY THE #LOLSIXERS
WHAT: The injured King James (sprained knee) will be in street clothes tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the woeful Sixers
WHERE: The Wells Fargo center
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Tix start at $18 (Twice the price of the average #LOLSixers ticket, against opponents like the Bucks)
BILLY PENN LIKES
U.S. CONGRESSMAN ON NUTTER’S ALLIES: ‘MAYBE THEY EXIST’
Ouch. Philly Mag takes a look at what the city thinks of our lame-duck Mayor Nutter, and it ain’t pretty: An approval rate of 39 percent (30 percent among the African-American community) and a strong whiff of dysfunction around City Hall. But the city’s bigger, better and safer than it was when he took office… so what gives? Read and find out.
WHAT KIND OF LEADER SHOULD PHILLY’S NEXT MAYOR BE?
Well, you’ve seen what kind of leader our current mayor has been. What kind of qualities should its next iteration possess? Young Involved Philadelphia and NewsWorks want your help bringing some definition to the process. They’ve got a survey up (check it out here) to start narrowing things down; Newsworks’ Chris Satullo says this is what kind of questions they’d like to answer: “What does it take to get things done in Philly? Do some local habits of leadership set the city back? And what have the candidates done in their lives that suggests what kind of leaders they’d be?” Go forth and have your say, Philly.