Newsletter for Wednesday, May 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
That time Rocky got lazy on his way up the steps (Instagram via @rnolan95).
BILL COSBY WILL FACE TRIAL ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
A Montgomery County judge has ruled that all the criminal sexual assault charges Bill Cosby is facing can head to trial after a preliminary hearing that didn’t include testimony from his alleged victim. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told the judge that the alleged victim’s and Cosby’s statements to authorities were enough to move the case forward. He said Cosby gave her a drug so she couldn’t consent “for his own sexual gratification.” Cosby’s attorney was a bit more animated: “They had 12 years to bring a case. They didn’t. And what they presented today was evidence of nothing.”
THE TEAMSTERS SAY 2K JOBS WILL GO IF A SODA TAX PASSES; WHAT?
Most of organized labor — nearly all — is just fine with Jim Kenney’s proposed sugary drinks tax. But the Teamsters have a big problem with it. They’re arguing they’ll lose jobs. In a statement, Teamsters Local 830 secretary Daniel Grace wrote that the implementation of a three-cents-per-ounce sugary drinks tax “would result in the loss of 2,000 family-sustaining Teamster Union jobs and countless other jobs in the beverage industry.” But there are about 2,000 people working in the beverage industry in Philadelphia in total. So we decided to look a little deeper.
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PLAY SOCCER IN THE STREETS OF PHILLY AND HELP THE HOMELESS
Soccer is taking over the streets of Philadelphia. Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), the self-proclaimed biggest sport-for-social-change event in the country, is coming to Philly for Memorial Day Weekend. Three individual street-soccer stadiums will be temporarily installed at the Art Museum and Eakins Oval. A non-profit, SSUSA says its events solely benefit the communities in which they’re involved, by raising awareness for homelessness among teens and young adults, as well as creating after school programs for those in the community who don’t have access to them. Here’s how to get involved.
‘LITERALLY THE CAVALRY’: MEET THE PHILLY COPS WHO RIDE HORSES
Philadelphia Police Department’s mounted patrol unit. They are the cops who ride horses that tend to show up at major events or when protests get out of hand. Given their position atop a 1,000-pound animal that can move swiftly through a crowd, people tend to pay attention. Odd as it may seem for police to ride horseback in the 21st century in America’s fifth-largest city, the 12 officers in charge of the department’s 17 horses see their job as something necessary and unique. They believe they can make Philadelphia police a little more accessible.