Newsletter for Monday, May 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
AMTRAK, SEPTA RESTORE TRAIN SERVICE
Less than a week after the Amtrak 188 crash in Port Richmond, both Amtrak and SEPTA have restored service to the area. The corridor has been closed since Tuesday night’s fatal crash. Amtrak spent the weekend repairing the rails, as well as installing some technology to automatically control train speed through the area. Meanwhile, the investigation of the reasons behind the crash continues: The NTSB is looking into a “fist-sized” crack on the train’s windshield, per CNN, and whether the locomotive was struck by projectiles. The word for that, train crews told The New York Times this weekend, is called “getting rocked” — they’re often pelted with rocks, bricks and debris on their route. It’s a common phenomenon on the Northeast Corridor, apparently.
COMING SOON IN THE AMTRAK CRASH: LAWSUITS
Bob Pottroff, a Kansas-based attorney and 35-year railroad crash expert, tells Billy Penn he’s already received calls from victims, families and other attorneys working cases with regard to the Amtrak 188 crash here in Philly. He says the more than 200 injured victims of the crash and the families of those who died have an easy case against the railroad giant, saying it clearly erred in more ways than one.
PENN TRIED TO STOP STUDENT NEWSPAPER FROM REPORTING ABOUT SUICIDES
The Daily Pennsylvanian‘s coverage of student suicides was apparently too intense for University of Pennsylvania officials. An editor from Penn’s student newspaper wrote in her senior column Friday that university officials met with members of the staff, telling them the paper’s coverage of a string of suicides at Penn was irresponsible and that they should re-think their reporting — because it could cause more students to end their lives.
TO DO: TAPEWORMS, HAIRBALLS AND CUD
WHAT: Animal Grossology, a new exhibit
WHERE: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
WHEN: 10 AM – 4:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $16 for adults, $14 for kids
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE AMTRAK CRASH: A SURVIVOR SHARES HER STORY
On Tuesday, May 12, Billy Penn’s Product Director, Beth Davidz, was in Philadelphia for the day for a series of strategy meetings and general team bonding. After a team dinner with founder Jim Brady and developer Chris Montgomery, she headed back home to Brooklyn. On the way to 30th Street Station, she called Billy Penn’s Designer Jayna Wallace to catch her up on the day. She continued the conversation as she boarded her 9:10 train, Amtrak 188. Within 20 minutes, the train would derail near Port Richmond in Philadelphia. We asked Beth to share her story.
HANG OUT WITH BILLY PENN THIS WEEK
Folks: You’ve got a couple of chances to toss one down with your friendly neighborhood news start-up this week. First up: Our election night event at Bru Craft & Wurst, on Chestnut Street near 13th on election night from 8-11 PM. We’ll be watching the election results with food and drink, and there will be games and specials. Sign up here. And mark your calendar for a week from tomorrow, when we’re hosting a happy hour at Tir Na Nog. You can learn about our upcoming events by joining our Meetup page.