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RECAP: Looking back on the week that was
• State budget means $200M more for Philly schools
A week past deadline, lawmakers in Harrisburg agreed on a $45.2 billion budget just before the weekend, and Gov. Wolf signed it into law. None of the federal stimulus money will go directly to residents, but housing and environmental projects are getting a boost. Some will go to education, which increased overall by nearly $1 billion, including about $200 million more for Philly schools. [Capital-Star/Politics PA/Spotlight PA/Spotlight PA]
• Fireworks disruption may have been ‘celebratory’ fire
The shooting that disrupted the Independence Day fireworks led many to express concerns over the future of big events in Philadelphia. But it turns out the shooting likely did not happen at the event itself. The bullets that grazed two officers — which came from the same gun and were not at all damaged when recovered — could have come from a mile away, leading officials to speculate they were from (still very dangerous) celebratory fire. [Billy Penn/WHYY/6aBC]
• SEPTA police chief abruptly retires
Mayor Kenney did not resign, despite calls for him to do so post-fireworks shooting, but Thomas Nestel III retired abruptly last week after a decade as chief of the SEPTA Transit Police. His departure, which may have been triggered by an employee’s pending discrimination lawsuit, follows a period of low ridership and increasing safety issues on Philadelphia’s transit system. [WHYY/Inquirer$/Billy Penn]
• Hoagies get popular in Indiana
Pottstown native Kristina Mazza has spent the last 7 years teaching Indianapolis the word “hoagie.” She runs a restaurant there that specializes in food from her home region — and she’s not alone in her endeavor. Plenty of expats have brought Philadelphia cuisine to other cities, everywhere from the West Coast to New England. [Billy Penn]
VISION: Looking forward to the week ahead
• Hunt for teens who attacked 73-year-old
Police are looking for a group of seven teenagers they say attacked an older man in North Philadelphia. He later died from his injuries. National news outlets picked up the story after PPD released a video showing three boys and two girls beating the 73-year-old with a traffic cone. Identified as James “Simmie” Lambert, he had local family, who are in mourning. [CBS3/Wash Post$/@DannyEFreeman/NBC10]
• Return to Krasner impeachment efforts
Now that the state budget is out of the way, Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are likely to ramp up their efforts to impeach Philadelphia’s progressive district attorney. Krasner hasn’t personally commented, but his office called the effort a political stunt. Pa. doesn’t have recall elections, so what recently happened in San Francisco — where voters ousted their DA — cannot happen here. [Billy Penn]
• Washington Avenue paving to move forward
After nearly a decade of planning, a makeover of Washington Avenue will start next month with repaving. And for half the corridor, repaving is where it will end. Officials on Friday revealed a timeline for improvements to the roadway, saying they were “disappointed” that the part in Councilmember Johnson’s district would remain five lanes with few traffic calming measures. [Billy Penn]
• A good time for jazz lovers
This week holds even more opportunities than usual to enjoy jazz music in Philly. Several spots are featuring the genre during Independent Venue Week, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe and World Cafe Live. And Saturday brings the launch of a new pop-up series at the Water Works’ POOL exhibit. Called “Splash / Concessions,” it features live jazz music and snacks. [IVW/Billy Penn/Water Works]