Press conferences ruled this week, at least if you could call Kathleen Kane’s Wednesday performance a press conference. She didn’t even let the press ask questions, while Thursday, Michael Nutter held another papal security press conference, and many more are promised. Billy Penn sums up these stories and several other major stories of this week and combines them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.
“Love Lockdown,” Kanye West
Mayor Nutter announced new security measures for the pope’s visit on Thursday. And with it came a note about all the closures, especially the traffic box: It’s not for the pope. It’s for the pedestrians. That’s right. The stringent security is out of love for us normal folk.
“Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne
Kane didn’t just refuse to take questions at her statement-reading, she said pretty odd things. The weirdest part probably came when she quoted a line from a non-existent, invented movie called “Boondog Millionaire” and then spoke to her sons through the statement. She said she had not spoke to them since last week’s indictment.
“Working Class Hero,” Green Day version
Chip Kelly biked to work at Eagles training camp this week.
“Walk In the Park,” Beach House
As we already know, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is going to be closed for the papal visit. So people from New Jersey will mostly have to walk to get into town if they want to see Pope Francis, and NJDOT released this handy map as a guide for walking. Just get ready to spend hours doing so!
“Cameras,” Matt and Kim
NBC10 canceled a planned mayoral debate over complications over a dispute with Jim Kenney’s side about reaction shots of candidates.
“Giving Up the Gun,” Vampire Weekend
A shooting range on Spring Garden wants to sell guns. This week, anti-violence advocates voiced displeasure at the possibility. The Zoning Board is still making a decision about whether it can happen.
“In the Navy,” Village People
People can stay on the Battleship New Jersey for the pope’s visit and for only $75 a night.
“Unlock the Swag,” Rae Sremmurd
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s city-owned car got stolen. She had left it unlocked, with the keys inside.