Newsletter for Thursday, July 30
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Goosing the sunset in Northeast Philly; photo via @pattykj31 on Instagram.
FATTAH INDICTED: WHAT HE’S CHARGED WITH
After years of investigations and speculation, Chaka Fattah has finally gone from an embattled congressman to charged congressman. Federal investigators have accused Fattah, a U.S. Congressman representing Philadelphia on his 11th consecutive term, of illegally misappropriating federal, campaign and charitable funds totaling into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in a 29-count indictment. The charges stem from a series of questionable earmarks steered toward his friends and even back from his unsuccessful run for Philadelphia mayor in 2007. Here’s a breakdown of what Fattah allegedly did to get the Feds after him.
FATTAH INDICTED: WHAT HAPPENS NOW
Longtime Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah may have been indicted on more than two dozen charges of public corruption today, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere. Yet. The charges against Fattah were a long time coming — reports suggest he’s been being investigated for years — but his office says it’s still reviewing the indictment that came down today and deciding what to do next. In a statement released by his lawyer, Fattah has expressed his intent to plead not guilty. So will he resign? Will he stay in Congress? At age 58, could he retire early and focus on his defense? Here’s what could happen.
1732 Meats owner Ari Miller will be at lunch to answer questions and give out samples; later, there's a happy hour featuring Sly Fox Beer.
Where: JG Domestic at the Cira Center at 30th and Market streets
When: July 30, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay-as-you-go
BILLY PENN LIKES
ONCE, ONLY 80 PEOPLE LIVED IN OLD CITY
Old City is the one of the O.G. neighborhoods of Philadelphia, not to mention the birthplace of the United States. But it was also, for a long time, a neglected neighborhood. In 1970, only 80 people lived in the entire neighborhood. Artists and Stephen Starr helped revive it, though, and it is now known for history, great restaurants, nightlife and more. In the latest edition of our Neighborhood Project, we looked at how Old City grew up.
THE LOSING PHILLIES ARE COSTING SEPTA SIX FIGURES
Sure, the Phillies had a bit of a winning streak in the last few weeks and Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter and a recent call-up from the minors is getting people excited. But make no mistake: the Phillies are still awful this season. And this terribleness is wearing off on other entities in Philadelphia that depend on fans making their way to and from Phillies games 80 times each year. One of the biggest losers is SEPTA, since the Broad Street Line is such a popular way to avoid traffic at the stadiums, and which has seen a steady decline in home game ridership since 2011. Here’s what the transit authority provided Billy Penn regarding Phillies-related ridership.