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State commission threatens action over Driving Equality Law
A state commission says it’s planning to revoke its accreditation of the Philly Police Dept. because of a city ordinance meant to fight racial discrimination.
- The Driving Equality Law says minor infractions can’t be the sole reason for pulling someone over, which overwhelmingly happened to Black drivers. The FOP police union had sued to get the law overturned.
The accreditation in question comes from a group run by the Pa. Chiefs of Police Association, and has only been held by the PPD since 2015, per The Inquirer. Local officials say it has no bearing on funding or activities.
Philly trivia quiz: Test your local knowledge and beat the score
We considered postponing the July edition of BP Quizzo, held last week at Hawthornes, but instead ended up with our biggest crowd of the year.
- After three rounds of questions, the team whose name gives away the answer to one of the first round questions — “Jim Kenney’s Dad, the [Redacted]” — came out on top with 19/24 correct.
Now it’s your turn to try your hand at the Philly news and history trivia. Without using Google, can you beat the high score?
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Philadelphia’s rental assistance program is getting an infusion of $12 million from state and federal funding. It’s expected to help 2,600 households. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly/]
- One of the teens seen in the video of the beating that led to a 73-year-old’s death was shot in the face Friday night in Germantown. It’s unclear if there was a connection; she had not been charged and is considered a witness. [Billy Penn/6ABC]
- The city’s Heat Health Emergency has been extended through 8 p.m. tonight. The PCA “heatline” is open at 215-765-9040, and these libraries will stay open as cooling centers. [Phila Gov/Billy Penn]
- Headlines of Yore: The first woman police officer in Philadelphia history was a prudish “dance cop” afraid of jazz. [Billy Penn]
- Philly booksellers are crowdfunding a map of the city’s bookstores. Painted by artist Henry Crane and set to debut next spring, it’ll be free to anyone who wants. [GoFundMe]
- Philly-born rap star Lil Uzi Vert dropped a new album last week and changed their pronouns to they/them. [Soundcloud/XXL]
- When Pete Rose is introduced at Phillies alumni weekend as part of the 1980 World Series champion team, it’ll be his first on-field appearance since being banned in 1989 over gambling. [ESPN]
Mayor Kenney doesn’t return from his Germany trip until tomorrow. At DA Krasner’s weekly gun crimes briefing (streamed on FB), he’ll announce charges against a defendant accused of illegally purchasing firearms, one of which was used in a shooting committed by a minor (11 a.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
💒 Shakespeare in Clark Park is back with performances of “The Taming,” a comedic double-billing where the traditional story is followed by a modern adaptation. (7 p.m. July 27-31, Wednesday to Sunday)
🩱 “Bawdily Autonomy” is a night of burlesque and drag performances at Franky Bradley’s in the Gayborhood to raise money for reproductive rights. Tickets start at $20. (7 p.m. Friday, July 29)
🌳 ConsenSIS, the new collab between former Philly poet laureates Trapeta B. Mayson and Yolanda Wisher, hosts a free reading at Awbury Arboretum celebrating Black women and femme poets. (2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30)