What we know about the fatal shooting of a Temple police officer
Multiple communities are mourning after Temple Police Officer Chris Fitzgerald was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night.
- Fitzgerald was just 31 years old. An anti-violence advocate who cofounded the Hood 2 Hood Run Series, he leaves behind a wife and kids. A GoFundMe page in his name has raised over $175k so far.
Authorities believe they found the perpetrator: an 18-year-old from Bucks County was arrested at his family’s home and is being held without bail.
→ How it happened and what’s next
Philadelphia offers free training for LGBTQ board members
Philly’s program to train LGBTQ people to serve on nonprofit boards has a new name: the Michael S. Hinson Jr. LGBTQ+ Leadership Pipeline.
- Hinson was a beloved leader before he died last year. He served as LGBT liaison to Mayor Street, founded the city’s first social service org focusing on people of color, and ran homeless services org SELF.
Diversifying leadership at the city’s LGBTQ orgs was near to Hinson’s heart — and now there’s a free training program in his name, Josh Kruger writes.
→ Tuesday is the deadline to apply
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Council President Darrell Clarke is considering retirement, but people are reportedly begging him not to leave. If he does step down, District 4 Councilmember Curtis Jones is likely to succeed him as president. Clarke says he hasn’t yet made a decision. [WHYY]
- The Philly School District’s proposed academic calendar for next year would see classes start later, to help with lack of air conditioning. It would also turn Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Veterans Day into in-school learning days, while adding Eid al-Adha as a day off. [Scribd/BP 2022/KYW]
- The Philly POPS, which had scheduled shows at the Met after being kicked out of the Kimmel Center for failure to pay rent, has now postponed all performances indefinitely. [WHYY/NBC10]
- Philly sports radio host Angelo Cataldi gave his last broadcast last week, capping a career that took him from Pultizer finalist to Wing Bowl frontman. Here’s a thread of local sports icons congratulating Cataldi on his retirement. [BP 2016/@SportsRadioWIP]
- New Sixers guard Mac McClung proved the NBA dunk contest is anything but boring, with his high-flying antics garnering Philly’s first ever win — and a ton of awe on social media. [NBCS Philly/Liberty Ballers]
- Customers are loving the hoagies, cutlets, and housemade pasta at tiny Queen Village newcomer Farina Di Vita. [Passyunk Post]
Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor Kenney (it’s a city holiday), but last night he ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Fitzgerald.
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🍸 Marking the momentous holiday known as National Margarita Day, Philly-based tequila brand Juan Pistolas hosts a party with swag and specials at Chestnut Hill’s El Poquito restaurant. (12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22)
🍻 The German Society’s annual Philly Bierfest features dozens of lagers, kolsches, bocks, and weizens at its historic headquarters on Spring Garden Street. All-you-can-drink tickets are $59, or $25 gets you in as a designated driver. (2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25)
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