Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gehret dismissed all charges against Amtrak 188 engineer Brandon Bostian late Tuesday, citing not enough evidence to send the case to trial. Eight people died in the 2015 train crash and more than 150 were injured, but the judge said, "based on that evidence, I think it's more likely than not this was an accident and not criminal." Charges were brought by state prosecutors after the Philly DA's office declined to arrest Bostian as the statue of limitations deadline approached in May. The PA Attorney General's office hasn't decided what, if anything, they'll do next.
Athletic Rec Center at 26th and Master has a long history — way back into the 1800s. Though the center today spends more time helping kids after school and training Olympic-worthy boxers, back then the space in Brewerytown was the early home of the Philadelphia Athletics, the city's OG baseball team. Athletic is the fourth in our series of rec center profiles. Check out what makes this place so special, including a new program that kicks off next week.
Philadelphia's planning and development community is still mostly filled by men, following a national trend, and it could be a serious problem. Nora Lichtash, executive director of the Women's Community Revitalization Project, said the dominance of men in these fields could be leading to some of the city's greatest gentrification issues. We talked to her and other women developers and examined the effects.
The Eagles face Kansas City this Sunday, which means a matchup with former Eagles coach Andy Reid. Current coach Doug Pederson worked for Reid before taking the job here, so it begs the question after most of the city seems displeased with Pederson, even after Sunday's win, would they rather have Big Red back? We asked that (and you answered) as well as six other Eagles questions. The most important? Who is going to play cornerback while Ronald Darby is out with a dislocated ankle? And who is going to kick while Caleb Sturgis is out? That and more here.
The restoration of the lobby at the Divine Lorraine is finally complete, and the building is hosting an open house viewing with live music, cocktails, appetizers and tours. All are welcome.
Where: The Divine Lorraine Hotel Apartment at 699 N. Broad St. 19123
When: September 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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So what were those insects that swarmed Philly on Monday, and why were they out in such huge numbers? We asked a few local entomologists. The bugs were likely flying ants looking for mates on what's called a "nuptial flight." It's a regular occurrence in early September, but certain weather conditions can make the swarm bigger or smaller from year to year. If you do end up in the middle of another insect cloud, here's a tip: Raise your hand. It could help.
Philly sports are in the heart of a youth movement. The Phillies won 9-8 Tuesday on a Nick Williams walk-off double, made possible by Rhys Hoskins' 15th and 16th homers in just 32 MLB games. The Sixers youth movement may finally be paying off (TTP) and the Eagles are being led by Carson Wentz who is already being called elite. So what about the Flyers? Well, you can catch their youth movement right now. Not only do single-game tickets go on sale today, but Wells Fargo Center is hosting the Flyers Rookie Game tonight and tickets are free.