Newsletter for Wednesday, July 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Searching for minnows in the Pennypack Creek; photo via @urbanblazers on Instagram.
EXCAVATOR OPERATOR ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN FATAL MARKET STREET BUILDING COLLAPSE
Sean Benschop pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the June 2013 building collapse at 22nd and Market streets that killed six people and injured 12. The 44-year-old also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy, causing a catastrophe and reckless endangerment, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. The Inquirer reports that as part of the deal, Benschop will likely spend no more than 20 years in prison. He’ll also testify against demolition contractor Griffin Campbell, 51, charged with third-degree murder. No one else has been criminally charged.
WHY PHILLY’S ARCHBISHOP CAN CAUSE CONTROVERSY WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE (HINT: MONEY AND POWER)
In a liberal city like Philadelphia, one might think a leader like Archbishop Charles Chaput would at least refrain from publicizing incidents like the firing of a gay Catholic school teacher by making punitive statements about a divisive issue. But nothing is stopping him. He has no boss in Pennsylvania or even this country. And, despite glowing coverage for wanting to increase openness in the church, Pope Francis, set to visit Philly in September, differs little from Chaput when it comes to gay marriage and most social issues. Here’s why, despite most Catholics’ support for things like marriage equality, Chaput has no reason to be progressive.
7 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT PHILLY’S CONTRACT WITH THE DNC
In order for Philly to host the Democratic National Convention next July, the Wells Fargo Center and Convention Center (and others) have to confirm they don’t and won’t have investments, operations or agreements in Northern Ireland. That’s just one of the highlights from the city’s 60-page contract with the DNC, which Billy Penn obtained through a Right-to-Know request. Also in the contract: live streaming is really important. Get more highlights and read the full contract here.
You'll be pretty much guaranteed a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park thanks to one-day-only time limits. Plus: Music by DJ Patty Pat and a chance to win a hammock
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park at 301 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: July 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free to hang, pay-as-you-go for food and drinks
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YOU’VE BEEN STRUCK BY A SMOOTH (PHILLY) CRIMINAL
Here in Philly, there’s no shortage of pretty dumb criminals, whether it’s the guy who recently looked directly into a security camera while carrying out a home invasion or the Upper Darby woman who basically alerted cops to her husband’s pot-growing operation. We’ve pulled together some of the worst (best?) silly/stupid crimes as of late. Here are the 15 dumbest alleged Philly criminals in recent memory.
MEET THE PHILLY GEEK AWARDS NOMINEES
Geeks of all kinds will come together next month for the fifth annual Philly Geek Awards, and nominees will compete for 13 coveted titles like Scientist of the Year, Game of the Year and Geek of the Year. NewsWorks announced the full list of nominees early Tuesday morning. Ahem — you may notice your favorite Philly news site that’s named for the statue atop City Hall is on there. Cross your fingers for us! The awards ceremony is Aug. 15 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; tickets go on sale Aug. 3.