Who To Follow for Today’s Gov Debate; Gay Bashing Suspects Get Court Date; #MeetBillyPenn, Again

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Newsletter for Oct. 1, 2014

INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY


Sarah Jessica Parker, who’s playing Daily News reporter Wendy Ruderman in the new TV series based on Ruderman and Barbara Laker‘s book Busted, visited Philly yesterday for research. Via SJP’s Instagram.

CORBETT VS. WOLF, ROUND 2: WHO TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Debates are more fun if you’re watching with the experts. So today, when incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett squares off against Democratic challenger Tom Wolf for the second of their three debates at 8 AM in Philadelphia, the best place to follow the action is on Twitter. (Here’s how to watch on TV, through streaming video or on the radio.)  We’ve compiled a handy list of some of the state’s most knowledgable beat reporters, including The Inquirer‘s Tom Fitzgerald, the Daily NewsChris Brennan, the Harrisburg Patriot-NewsJohn Micek and WITF’s Mary Wilson — they’re definitely worth following as the debate and the election season continue.

GAY BASHING SUSPECTS SET PRELIMINARY HEARING DATE

Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams will be in court on Dec. 16 to face charges in the attack on two gay men near Rittenhouse Square last month. But it’s just a preliminary hearing, to determine whether there’s enough evidence for the Bucks County trio to proceed to trial. Each faces two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of criminal conspiracy. If charges are bound over, a trial could happen in February or March of next year, Philly Mag reports.

 #MEETBILLYPENN, AGAIN: THIS TIME, WE’RE HOLDING HAPPY HOURS

We’re getting the band back together! Billy Penn‘s staffers — editor Chris Krewson, community manager Shannon McDonald, reporter/curator Anna Orso and new additions Mark Dent (also a reporter/curator) and Hui Wu (our intrepid intern) will be on hand at Monk’s Cafe at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 7. We’re calling it “happy hours,” but really it’s just our office hours in a bar that serves great beer and pommes frites. (We hear our CEO, Jim Brady, will also be around…)


TO DO: LYKKE LI AT UNION TRANSFER

WHO: Swedish singer Lykke Li brings her indie pop to town
WHERE: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden
WHEN: 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: From around $30 on StubHub
DETAILS HERE


DREXEL GRAD’S ‘SCHOLLY’ APP MAKES IT TO THE SHARK TANK

Chris Gray‘s scholarship-finding app, “Scholly,” will make its debut on network TV during this season of ABC’s show-that-brings-dramatic-music-to-small-businesses, Shark Tank. Gray, dubbed the “Million Dollar Scholar” (he nabbed $1.3 million in scholarships) talked about his $.99 app on Fox 29.

THE NOTEBOOK: IT’S TIME FOR CITY’S ELECTED OFFICIALS TO STEP UP

The parents of Philadelphia’s public school children have dug deep, The Notebook writes in an editorial, digging deep into their own wallets to give their kids the best possible shot. But too many in city government have an “I’ve done all I can attitude,” and that could have big consequences for Philly’s renewal. The editorial digs up four recommendations Philly residents have to help bolster education.

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Chris Krewson is the executive director of LION Publishers, a national nonprofit association that serves local journalism entrepreneurs build sustainable news organizations, and the founding editor of Billy Penn. He lives in Havertown.