A gasp spread across the Norristown courtroom yesterday as the guilty verdict was read three times in a row for Bill Cosby, accused of assaulting Andrea Constand and dozens of other women throughout his career. The decision marks the first high-profile conviction for sexual assault in the #metoo era. The famed comedian, who had remained quiet throughout the trial, snapped as bail was being discussed. "He has a plane, your honor," said the DA, asking for bail to be denied. "He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole!” Cosby snapped back. The judge allowed him to remain out of jail, but instructed him not to leave his Cheltenham home until sentencing. Cosby faces a possible 10 to 30 year sentence.
Gary McWhorter has been in prison on a life sentence since 1984. Thing is, in 1986, the key witness in his trial admitted in a sworn statement that she'd made up her testimony. Despite that, he's struggled to find a lawyer that's been able to help him get exonerated. When progressive Philly DA Larry Krasner took office, McWhorter's family saw it as a ray of hope. Problem is, the unit that deals with exoneration requests is overloaded. In the first four months of this year, the DAO has received 40 percent more requests than in all of 2017.
There's always lots going on, and the news cycle moves fast. But it's interesting how little attention was paid to a recent development regarding the Starbucks arrest aftermath (maybe because it was positive news?). On Wednesday, the coffee giant released more details about its response to what it called “the reprehensible event." In conjunction, the three African American racial justice leaders who'll help develop the training used during the May 29 shutdown issued a statement. In it, they praised Starbucks' efforts so far, and said they felt "encouraged" about the direction of the response.
Over the next two weeks, this city will be awash in men in eyeball costumes, bleak poetesses and a soulful avant-garde Mexican musical act. Reporter A.D. Amorosi is back with another edition of "Philly, curated," his biweekly roundup that highlights shows you might not have heard about but don't want to miss. This weekend, for example, you can get political laughs at a play called ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! (yes, "Welcome, White People!") or super chillax at a jazz piano concert by a South African bebop specialist.
- We had a fantastic party last night for our Who's Next: Public Service honorees. The Convene space is pretty sweet — not only does it have that view in the sunset pic above, it also has a custom Isaiah Zagar mural sprawling across part of the interior. The conversation was also on point, since we had folks from the Fels Institute and so many other impressive organizations all over Philly. Stay tuned for more pics.
- On the party tip, we want your party tips! To go along with the warm weather, we're putting together a guide on how to throw a great block party. We'll research all the permits and regulations you need, but we also want your input. Got any tips for what makes a block party shine? Email us and we might include them.
If you've never been to this extravaganza of all things vintage and quirky and random and interesting, you've gotta check it out at least once (and then you'll probably be back). More than 150 vendors come together for a two-day sale where you can find just about everything you never knew you needed to own.
Where: 23rd Street Armory at 22 S. 23rd St., 19103
When: April 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to April 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $3 entry is good for both days