Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic athlete turned reality star, spoke to a packed house at Irvine Auditorium last night; photo via @lizduranimal on Instagram.
I’M NO ROLE MODEL, CAITLYN JENNER TELLS PENN AUDIENCE
Caitlyn Jenner has taken a lot of heat these past few months, she told a packed house of students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Just not for what you might think. After a question from a student, the former Olympic runner Bruce Jenner and Kardashian husband-turned-I Am Cait star Jenner admitted “I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans.” Jenner spoke with journalist and author Buzz Bissinger for an hour, then took questions from the audience — even tearing up at one point.
CENTER CITY’S NEW MILLENNIAL WORRY: A HOUSING BUBBLE
Earlier this week, the Center City District released its annual housing report, putting some insight and numbers alongside what we can see in the skyline. The news, for now, is good. The year 2015 marked the third in a row that at least 1,500 housing units were completed and put on the market. Even better, demand has kept up with supply. These new apartments, condos and houses have been gobbled up by mostly renters and some buyers quickly. The future is murkier.
WHO BENEFITS NOW THAT KATHLEEN KANE ISN’T RUNNING?
One is the the district attorney of Allegheny County. The other is a well-known political figure in Montgomery County whose reputation is in no way connected with the Bill Cosby case. Both of them should send Kathleen Kane a thank-you card. On Tuesday, Kane dropped out of race for Attorney General. So now Stephen Zappala, the Allegheny County DA, and Josh Shapiro, a MontCo Commissioner, are immediately the two biggest beneficiaries of this decision. Here’s what you need to know about them.
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When: February 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
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BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY A NEW REPORT DOESN’T MENTION ENDING STOP AND FRISK
Mayor Jim Kenney campaigned on the premise that the city should end the practice of stopping pedestrians on the street and frisking them without justifiable suspicion. But in a transition report released by his administration is a goal regarding “pedestrian investigations” — AKA stop and frisk — with an end date of July 1. It says the administration hopes to “retrain officers on what constitutes reasonable suspicionand promote accountability for officers and commanders.” That sort of sounds like backing away from ending stop and frisk; here’s why his administration says that’s not true.
CONFESSIONS OF A PHILLY UBER DRIVER
Drunk kids around Temple. A passenger who spit Civil War-era beats over his own iPhone. And people who come thisclose to puking in the car. We were curious what kind of experiences that drivers for Uber and Lyft have, so we asked one to pen a column for us. This is what we got back: The good, the bad, and the ugly.