Newsletter for Wednesday, Nov. 19
Artist’s rendering of the Live! complex in South Philly.
SOUTH PHILLY ‘WINS’ CITY’S SECOND CASINO
There will be a second casino in Philadelphia — and it’ll be within spitting distance of the stadiums, after a brief meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The winner: Cordish Company’s Live! Casino and Hotel Project, and hey, any development that contains an exclamation point MUST be exciting! But it fuels fears that the Northeast — and the Philly region in particular — is already saturated with more gambling options than people need, hence the slow death of Atlantic City. The losers — which included developer Bart Blatstein, who’d planned to turn the Inquirer’s former headquarters into a casino — have 30 days to appeal.
STAB WOUNDS FOUND COOPER CEO, WIFE AFTER FIRE; NJ ATT’Y GEN INVOLVED
The death of Cooper Hospital System CEO John Sheridan and his wife Joyce took a stunning turn last night, when a family member revealed both bodies carried multiple stab wounds — and no one has told the family why. Now the New Jersey Attorney General has taken over the investigation, according to The Inquirer. New Jersey officials had been mum about the fire nearly two months ago, other than to rule it intentionally set (but not call it arson). The Inquirer reports John Sheridan, 72, was stabbed in the side and the neck — his jugular may have been slashed. Joyce Sheridan, 69, was repeatedly stabbed in the upper body and chest.
SRC CHIEF TO STATE PANEL: PHILLY SCHOOLS NOW ‘A STRONG INVESTMENT’
In the first of two days of testimony, experts, advocates, and citizens from Philadelphia told a group from Harrisburg about our city schools — how, basically, they’re incredibly underfunded after budget cuts. The legislators are charged with changing the state education funding formula, so the stakes are high. “Philadelphia schools are now a strong investment,” School Reform Commission Chair Bill Green told members of the Basic Education Funding Commission, which has been holding hearings around the state. The former City Council member was joined by Mayor Nutter, Superintendent William Hite, District Chief Financial Officer Matthew Stanski, two school principals, Mark Gleason of the Philadelphia School Partnership, and experts David Rubin of Children’s Hospital and Temple president Neil Theobold. The Notebook’s Dale Mezzacappa has more.
TO DO: DRINK IN AN IVY LEAGUE MUSEUM
WHAT: Drinks with the Sphinx, feat. flashlight tours, a belly-dancing workshop, trivia, an interactive mummy station — as well as a Turkish-style tile to take home. Admission includes one free drink; there’s more beer, wine and cocktails at the cash bar.
WHERE: The Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
WHEN: 6-9:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $20
BILLY PENN LIKES
PERFECT FOR COLD WEATHER: ORDER GROCERIES FROM AMAZON, GET ‘EM SAME DAY
If you live in Philly and are an Amazon Prime member, you can order groceries online and they’ll show up that same day. The retailer has launched AmazonFresh, which sports this slogan: “Place a grocery order by 10 a.m. and get items by dinner, or order by 10 p.m. and get items by breakfast.” For the next little while, prime members who spend more than $35 get free AmazonFresh — but after you’re hooked, they’ll charge you $299 per year for the upgraded service. Details at the Philadelphia Business Journal.
VIDEO: PENNDOT TESTS ROADS WITH FRICKIN’ LASERS
The folks at the Keystone Crossroads project answered the question on everyone’s mind: Why are Pennsylvania’s roads so awful? And what is PennDOT doing about it? The answer, via video, is a truck with laser beams embedded in the front bumper. People, they’re using TECHNOLOGY … to keep our roads full of potholes and awful patches. Sigh.