8 songs to remember this week’s news: ‘Stellar’ discovery of water ice on Pluto, West Philly asks Brian Sims ‘who is it’?

Playlist Kane Joel

Philly state Rep. Brian Sims announced he would challenge Chaka Fattah for his U.S. congressional seat and on campus at the Community College of Philadelphia, a gun scare caught the attention of many Philadelphians. Also, more porny emails. Billy Penn recaps these stories and more and combines them with music as part of the #BillyPennPlaylist.

“Education,” Modest Mouse

The kids went on strike…again. To stand in solidarity with their teachers, they left class and demonstrated against cuts to education funding on Thursday. 

“Who Is It,” Michael Jackson

State rep. Brian Sims officially announced he would be running for Chaka Fattah’s U.S. Congress seat (while trying to run for re-election as state rep.). He may have a bit of a challenge. The West Philly voters who have helped Chaka routinely win 80 percent-plus of the vote in general elections don’t even know Sims is.

“Lost Ones,” Lauryn Hill

“You might win some but you just lost one.” So it appears there’s a bit of a catch-22 with Temple’s success this year. When the Owls win, it turns out the Eagles are usually bad.

“Never There,” Cake

The city of Philadelphia went into a frenzy after a threat of a firearm on campus at Philadelphia Community College Tuesday. The gun wasn’t there. Turns out the Philly police get something like 100 calls for weapon threats every day.

“Never Enough,” Eminem

Was Pope In Philly a bust for area businesses? City controller Alan Butkovitz says so. He released a report Thursday showing that around 80 percent of the 100-plus Center City businesses he surveyed were falling short of September projections because of that weekend.

“Stellar,” Incubus

NASA discovered wooder ice on Pluto.

“It’s Still Rock and Roll,” Billy Joel 

Attorney general Kathleen Kane is still doing her thing. Law license suspension be damned, she’s trying to make noise and did so again this week when Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin’s porny emails surfaced.

“Behold A Lady,” Outkast

Congratulations, Temple. The University replaced Bill Cosby on the its board of trustees with a woman. Getting women on the board has been a bit of a problem for Temple.  

board of trustees with one woman

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