Newsletter for Friday, March 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
D.A. Seth Williams declined to charge — or even name — the police who shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown during a traffic stop in Mayfair. Williams called the case a “tragedy, but not a crime” and showed witness testimony that Tate-Brown was reaching for an illegal gun when he was shot by police. Tate-Brown’s family says they’ll file a lawsuit against the city. The decision led to protests at a meeting held by Williams and Commissioner Charles Ramsey last night. Photo by @floodthedrummer on Instagram.
MAYORAL CANDIDATES TALK TRANSIT (AND MILTON BASHES ‘FAT PEOPLE’)
Last night the mayoral candidates talked about the future of getting around Philadelphia, emphasizing the importance of non-car transportation. In front of a crowd of about 100 for the Better Mobility Working Group’s Better Mobility Forum, they addressed issues like bike lanes, SEPTA, walkability and relationships between drivers and cyclists, the latter topic leading to an unforgettable Milton Street answer about “fat people.” All of the Democratic candidates showed up except for Tony Williams, who was represented by his staffer Omar Woodard. They were joined by Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey. Here are eight highlights from the forum.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHILLY TEAMS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Villanova made it; Temple almost made it (Sports Illustrated listed Temple as the No. 1 snub), but the other three Big 5 schools were not worthy of playing in this edition of the NCAA Tournament. While 2015 hasn’t been great for most of Philly’s Big 5, let’s take a few moments to think about the past. These teams are no strangers to dramatic, gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking, and purely exciting basketball. Here’s a look at some of their NCAA tournament highlights.
POTHOLE TIME! STREETS DEPT. IS SUPER BUSY THESE DAYS
Soon as the weather turns from freezing to tolerable, craters pop up on Philadelphia’s streets like zits on an unsuspecting teenager. Yep, we’re in peak pothole season. If you see one to report, call 311 or file online. The Streets Department promises to fix any reported pothole in three business days, and spokesperson June Cantor says the department has been living up to that standard so far, despite a relentless winter. While you wait for your street’s blemishes to be fixed, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to Philadelphia potholes.
TO DO: A REAL-LIFE PHILLY SPEAKEASY
WHAT: Noshhh — Local craft food and drink vendor showcase. Basically food and booze from local purveyors.
WHERE: Somewhere in Old City (Details revealed right before it starts)
WHEN: 7:30 – 10 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
BILLY PENN LIKES
POLITICS ON TV: 45 TIMES AS MANY ADS AS NEWS
Wow, there’s a lot of money going to TV stations during elections. How much? Spending in the final eight weeks before Election Day in November added up to $14 million on some 12,000 ads. And believe it or not, if you were watching TV, you got paid political messages much more often than you saw journalism about political issues — the ratio was a staggering 45 to 1. This is according to the Philly Political Media Watch, a conglomerate of government and media watchdogs funded by the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation and led by the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, the Committee of Seventy and the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service. Here are some crazy things in the report.
GREEN BEER AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES: CITY PAPER‘S NEW CARTOON
What would it have looked like for Lynne Abraham or Anthony Williams to have campaigned during the Erin Express? City Paper’s new cartoon page has a go — keep an eye out for the public urination, candidates. Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day.