Newsletter for Thursday, May 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Golden hour on fleek (Instagram via @unquestionably_mary).
COSBY’S LEGAL TEAM ASKS TO DELAY HEARINGS… AGAIN
Cosby’s lawyers are taking their request for an emergency stay all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, according to the AP. A preliminary hearing in the Andrea Constand case is slated for May 24. Cosby’s latest filing follows an appeals court decision to reject his request last week. It’s been debated whether Cosby’s hopes for delays are strategic; here’s a story we published in February on the topic.
WHY ARE PROSECUTORS CAUGHT UP IN THE PA EMAIL SCANDAL STILL WORKING IN THE DA’S OFFICE?
Six months ago, a City Council resolution told D.A. Seth Williams to fire the three employees in his office connected to the Porngate scandal. They’re still there, and at budget hearing yesterday, Council Members Cindy Bass and Helen Gym pressed Williams as to why. As NewsWorks reports, Williams didn’t think it was fair to penalize them for past wrongs at previous jobs. “It can’t be the standard that we fire employees for having received ignorant and repulsive emails from years prior,” he said. Williams told Bass that even though they disagree, “I still love ya,” according to Reporter Bobby Allyn’s tweet. Bass RTed Allyn with the words: “I’m not looking for love, but answers!”
THE PLAN TO FIX VOTING OVERSIGHT IN PHILLY
Civic groups calling themselves the “Better Philadelphia Elections Coalition” say they finally have a plan for how to run city elections that’s better than the current system. Committee of Seventy Executive Director David Thornburgh said the current City Commissioners that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars a year are “invisible, inefficient and unable to lead.” This new coalition says the solution is to abolish the elected commissioners system and instead have a single elections director who’s appointed by the mayor. So far, this is just an idea. Here’s the background and what would need to happen to change election oversight in Philly.
Do you know enough about circuits to build an amplifier? You will after this Philly Tech Week event. Learn about sound and electricity while you build an amp, oscillator or filter.
Where: Hive76 at 1901 S Ninth St., 19148
When: May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Free to attend; $10 to take home a synthesizer
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IS STEVE CARLTON THE ULTIMATE PHILLIES PLAYER?
Kevin Negandhi thinks so. The ESPN SportsCenter anchor and lifelong Philly sports fan is making the case for former starting pitcher Steve Carlton (better known to fans as Lefty) as the ultimate Phillies player. Carlton is one of just four Phillies left in our bracket, and this week we’re asking people to make the case for each remaining player. Read why Negandhi is putting all his eggs in Lefty’s basket.
EVERYONE WANTS A TASTE OF THIS REVERSE ENGINEERED BEVERAGE AT THE PENN MUSEUM
What started as beer/wine/mead combo in ancient Turkey is now Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch brew. And when you reverse engineer an ancient fermented beverage, people will line up to try it. Tickets have been sold out for weeks to the tasting event, which is part of the ongoing Golden Age of King Midas exhibit at the Penn Museum. This is the story of the “Indiana Jones of fermented beverages.”