Newsletter for Wednesday, March 9
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s that time of the year when all the colors start looking brighter (Instagram via @theresamcannon)
AT LEAST 5 DIE IN VIOLENT CRIMES OVERNIGHT
While Philly’s murder rate may be significantly lower than a decade ago, last night provided a reminder there’s a long way to go. Five separate incidents led to five deaths last night, including a triple stabbing in Southwest Philly, a double shooting in North Philly and a motorcycle accident that may have been caused by a gunshot near 23rd and Morris.
DID JIM KENNEY REALLY PROMISE TO BRING AN END TO STOP AND FRISK?
Based on a recent interview with Al Dia’s editorial board, not totally. “I never said stop-and-frisk was going to end entirely,” Kenney told Al Dia staffers last week. “What we are going to stop is the random stopping of people, Latinos and African Americans, on the street and the cop asking, ‘What are you doing here?’” But at times during his campaign, Kenney said he would end the practice without any caveats. Is this Kenney’s first broken campaign promise?
Pa.'s 182nd District encompasses a huge swath of Center City. Find out what the candidates on this April's primary ballot have to say for themselves. Moderated by the Inquirer's Chris Brennan.
Where: Tenth Presbyterian Church at 1701 Spruce St. 19103
When: March 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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HEY PHILLY, WHY NO WOMEN SCULPTURES?
Philadelphia has more statues of Ben Franklin than it does of real women. It’s mind-bogglingly true. Take a look at all the reliefs, plaques and statues that make up the 300-plus pieces of Philadelphia’s public sculpture featuring an actual face and you’ll see 10 of women who aren’t Greek goddesses or biblical characters. Franklin’s face, on the other hand, is featured on 12 works of sculpture or plaques throughout Philadelphia. Here’s why, according to the experts.
THESE TEMPLE STADIUM NEIGHBORS HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THE UNIVERSITY
We visited dozens of homes in the area of 16th and Norris streets that, if Temple University gets its way, will one day soon be flanked by a 30,000-seat, $100 million on-campus football stadium. A $1 million design study has already been approved by university leaders. As part of the proposed stadium project, school officials have also vowed to invest another $300 million in economic development in the area. And while the University says it’s met with five block captains, the neighbors we reached said they’ve heard nothing. And they’ve got concerns.