Newsletter for Wednesday, Oct. 14
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Mural Arts’ message on immigration, installed last night near 16th and Callowhill (via @muralarts on Instagram).
POLICE COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY TO RETIRE
According to the Daily News, Charles Ramsey will announce his intention to retire as police commissioner at a press conference today. He’s been in charge of Philly police since 2008, starting with the Nutter administration. The year before he arrived, 391 people were murdered in Philadelphia; last year 248 were murdered. Not everything has been a positive. Mayor Michael Nutter wanted to emphasize stop-and-frisk tactics and hired Ramsey to carry them out. The controversy over stop-and-frisk spilled into this year’s mayoral election. Read more about that and Ramsey here.
L&I AND THE FBI: ARE BRIBES BEING TAKEN?
The FBI has made inquiries into whether inspectors in the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections have asked for bribes in return for preferential treatment, Billy Penn has learned. Asked whether an investigation into bribery or improper payoffs at L&I was ongoing, the FBI declined to answer one way or another. But we’ve heard they’re looking into people handling building and demolition permits, as recently as a few months ago.
Outdoor movie night continues at La Peg and FringeArts ; this week's film is Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown." There's also food and drink on a pay-as-you-go basis from the next-door restaurant and beer garden, but the film is free.
Where: La Peg at FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
When: October 14, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
PA SUPREME COURT COULD CHANGE IF ANYONE BOTHERED TO VOTE
The party that controls the state Supreme Court after this election will control who makes the laws in Pennsylvania in the coming years. Currently, Republicans control the high court. But the party that elects more justices to the court this November will have a great advantage years down the line in 2022 when it’s time to re-draw the lines that determine who represents you in the state government. Whichever party is in control of the bench at that point can theoretically ensure their party has control of the state legislature. Here’s how it breaks down.
HE SAVED TEMPLE FOOTBALL; WHY MIAMI FANS SAY #FIREALGOLDEN
Al Golden. You remember him, right? It’s hard to think about Temple’s success this year without thinking about him. Before he became head coach and led the Owls to their first bowl game in 30 years, the school had considered taking the program down to the Division I FCS level or eliminating it. Golden helped save Temple football. But now Golden couldn’t seem farther away in terms of success. He’s is dealing with as much pressure to keep his job as any other football coach in the game — including this campaign from furious Miami fans.