What’s Chaka think about the exonerated Temple prof? More depart WHYY; Odds & Ends, September 16

Chaka Fattah, left; Helen Gym, center; Questlove, right.

Chaka Fattah, left; Helen Gym, center; Questlove, right.


Welcome to Odds and Ends, the first edition of a  weekly place for us to empty our reporters’ notebooks of things that aren’t quite enough for a story but are nonetheless interesting.

What we’re wondering, and what we’re hearing…

Wonder what U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who’s been indicted on federal corruption charges, feels about federal prosecutors dropping charges against Temple professor Xi Xiaoing

Two more people have resigned from WHYY in the wake of departures Chris Satullo and Matt Golas. And immediately after The Inquirer wrote that WHYY’s plans for PlanBurgh.org were in jeopardy, its URL was registered to one Jane Golas, wife of Matt…

One of those WHYY departures was editor Brian Hickey, who’s taking a job with the George Norcross-funded Philly Voice. That site is looking for new office space in Philadelphia, as its current home (ImpactHUB) will close its doors on December 1

Philadelphia’s City Council was welcomed back to work last Thursday night during a swank evening of boozing and shmoozing at 1925 Lounge on 17th street; Spotted: Council hopefuls Helen Gym, Derek Green and Allan Domb; Blondell Reynolds Brown legislative aide Kellan White; state Rep. Jordan Harris and Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt

Washingtonian magazine has started slipping digs against Philadelphia into its coverage of the Papal visit, per columnist Andrew Beaujon

Philly’s own Questlove is on the cover of EBONY Magazine this month…

And Jim Kenney is sad that the Eagles lost.

That’s all for this week!

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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.