Newsletter for Tuesday, May 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
On the downside, it’s a little rainy this morning. But apparently that made for an amazing sunrise. Photo via @dave_d_photography on Instagram.
THERE WAS A SEPTA TRANSPASS SCAM GOING AROUND CITY HALL
If someone offered you a fake SEPTA TransPass for half the price of the real one, would you buy it? If you’re a City of Philadelphia employee at City Hall, apparently the answer was “yes”. Mark Cooper and Kimberly Adams made six figures selling counterfeit passes largely to City of Philadelphia employees. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office sent Monday, Cooper, a former 311 employee, pleaded guilty in federal court to making and selling more than 2,000 of the fake monthly SEPTA TransPasses.
THE READING VIADUCT RAIL PARK AND THE SECRET MASTER OF ITS FUTURE
In the best case scenario, developers break ground on the Reading Viaduct Rail Park before winter. But there’s another, larger portion of the Reading Viaduct spur that’s still not owned by the city or SEPTA, which owns the majority of what’s about to be under development. Instead, the property between Fairmount Avenue and Vine Street is owned by Reading International, a California-based real estate and movie theater development firm that’s held the space since 1943. And they just might hold the key to the future of the space that’s been described as a High Line elevated park for Philly.
SAM BRADFORD IS SHOWING UP FOR WORK
It’s a good thing Sam Bradford wasn’t around Philly for the last week. He’s been getting lambasted by anyone and everyone with a microphone, keyboard or a social media account. Eagles fans are a fickle lot to say the least, but the speed at which the fan base—and the media who fed the angst—turned on Bradford was incredible. All for what? Four days.
Emmy Award-winning political analyst Juan Williams will talk about the 20th-century men and women who helped make our country more free and equal.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St. 19103
When: May 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE ULTIMATE PHILLIES BRACKET: WHITEY VS. LEFTY
Whitey. Lefty. Two of the greatest players in Phillies history are the last two left in our search to find the Ultimate Phillie. This tournament started out without many surprises in the first two rounds, as there were very few upsets in Round 1 or Round 2. But in the Elite 8, things changed, and players from the 2008 team beat out those from the 1980 team. When Michael Jack Schmidt lost to Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz beat Tug McGraw, it proved anything could have happened in the semifinals Here’s how we got here — have your say now, and help us find the Ultimate Philadelphia Phillie.
THE NEXT CITY FOR BILLY PENN’S APPROACH: PITTSBURGH
Look west, folks. Yesterday, in an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Billy Penn founder Jim Brady announced we’re looking to launch in Pittsburgh by the end of the summer. It’s thanks to an investment by newspaper giant Gannett. So we’re looking to hire a staff in the Steel City; stay tuned for details. What’s it mean for Billy Penn? We’ll still be doing our thing here in Philly, the city we love.