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Tabu lounge bouncer charged with murder for deadly punch
A bouncer at Tabu in Center City has been charged with third degree murder after landing a punch on a customer who died from the injuries, CBS3 reports.
- The security firm he worked for has been sued repeatedly over the past few years for alleged misuse of force, The Inquirer reports. At least one of those incidents was also in the Gayborhood.
Loved ones held a vigil last night for the victim, Eric Pope, whom friends remembered as “a beautiful soul,” per 6ABC.
Philly is revising streetery rules after restaurant outcry
After Council passed a bill allowing streeteries to remain in some areas, the city followed up with a slew of financial and logistical regulations.
- The unexpected rules were like “a gut punch” to restaurants, said an industry association leader, citing proposed requirements like a $60k security bond and removal of the structure for “inclement weather.”
After meeting with stakeholders, the city is now working to relax these rules, Lizzy McLellan Ravitch reports, in prep for a possible rollout next month.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- If Philly voters approve this ballot question, the city will boot gendered references like ‘fireman’ from its official governing documents. [Billy Penn]
- PPD is asking for a $24 million budget increase in the next fiscal year, which will mostly fund payroll increases, eight new positions, and tech updates Commissioner Outlaw says will help community policing. [WHYY]
- So far this year, 21 Philadelphians have died in house fires. Here are three ways to help your neighbors get free smoke alarms installed. [Billy Penn]
- Three parents are suing the Philly School District over the new admissions process for magnet schools, saying the policy — meant to increase equity and diversity — is discriminatory. [Inquirer$/Al Día/WHYY]
- One of the city’s most sought-after special admissions schools, Masterman, was just ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. [PhillyVoice]
- Philly-area commencement speakers include documentarian Ken Burns (Penn), journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (Rutgers-Camden), and President Joe Biden (U Delaware). [Biz Journal$]
- Meet Nate Garcia, a West Philly comic book artist whose anything-but-superheroes stories are taking Europe by storm. [34th Street]
Nothing in public for Mayor Kenney today. He’s reportedly meeting this week with Pa. Sen. Haywood, who’d been holding a sit-in at City Hall to get the mayor to discuss the legislator’s plan to fight gun violence.
ON THE CALENDAR
? Tonight! Quizzo with Newbold Exchange: Our monthly trivia night heads to South Philadelphia this month — and there’s free beer for everyone who registers! Test your local knowledge and win prizes while hanging out at a new coworking space in a former silent motion picture house. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28)
? The Mind, Body, and Bubbly wellness fair lands at 990 Spring Garden, with yoga, food, and shopping. Tickets start at $30; proceeds benefit Dawn’s Place, a nonproft supporting survivors of sex trafficking.
? Now in its 60th year, The Philadelphia Show lands at the top of the Art Museum steps with dozens of antiques, artworks, and crafts. Admission is $20 for adults, free for kids. (11 a.m. to evening, Friday to Sunday, April 29-May 1)