Newsletter for Friday, April 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yesterday’s vibrant rainbow, as seen from the trolley tracks; via @zens_natural_state on Instagram.
BILL CLINTON TO PHILLY PROTESTORS: YOU’RE DEFENDING MURDERERS
Bill Clinton’s visit to Philly went from a stump speech for his wife’s presidential candidacy to a defense of his own, and it happened on a dime. The tone of Clinton’s speech during Thursday’s appearance turned as he mentioned his wife’s support of re-entry programs; protesters from the Philadelphia Coalition for Real Justice had a problem with that. Clinton defended his ’90s crime bill and, at one point, insinuated protestors were defending “gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children.” Here’s how it all went down at the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in Mount Airy.
PHILLY WILL SPEND $28M ON HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS
Philly’s Office of Supportive Housing got more than it asked for. The agency applied for $668,000 less than what the federal Office of Housing and Urban Development is sending them— a $28 million grant that will back 2,200 permanent and transitional housing units for the homeless. The award, even with the boost, can’t be called an expansion; it’s a renewal. Here’s what the $28 million will do.
The City of Philadelphia will host the Villanova Wildcats for a victory parade this afternoon, down Market Street from 20th to Dilworth Park at City Hall. The parade will end with a rally featuring the team and Coach Jay Wright; Mayor Kenney will be on-hand to congratulate the new champs.
Where: Center City Philadelphia at Market Street, 20th to Dilworth Park
When: April 8, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW PHILLY COLLEGES HANDLE OUTSPOKEN PROFESSORS
Professors’ words, social media accounts and fields of study can lead to controversy for the universities that employ them, and Philadelphia is no stranger to this. Penn’s Anthea Butler is probably the best known, given her routine appearances on MSNBC and editorials in publications like The Guardian and The Washington Post. But there’s also the University of the Arts’ Camille Paglia. She’s written for and been quoted in numerous publications regarding feminism and political issues. It’s actually been a trend in Philly for more than 100 years.
WHO SIXERS FANS SHOULD BLAME FOR SAM HINKIE’S PROCESS ENDING
The Process is dead. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie officially resigned on Wednesday by sending ownership a 13-page document to announce his decision that, per Marc Stein of ESPN who first reported the news, included this line, “… Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers — you. So I should step down. And I have,” then what just as easily could have been 12 and a half pages of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Here’s who to blame for this whole situation.