Newsletter for Friday, Dec. 4
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Hi, it’s time to go home please, this recent adoption from Philly PAWS is probably thinking; photo via @phillypaws on Instagram.
PORNY PROSECUTORS TRANSFERRED, BUT NOT FIRED
Calls have been coming from politicians and activists alike for District Attorney Seth Williams to fire three prosecutors working in his office after they were caught up in Kathleen Kane’s Porngate scandal. But Williams has said he won’t fire Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo or Patrick Blessington, as they didn’t send or receive the pornographic emails while working in Philadelphia — instead, it happened when they were in Harrisburg under former Attorney-General-turned-Gov. Tom Corbett. So after Williams came under fire for not canning the guys, and the “sensitivity training” he talked about just didn’t seem like enough, he’s apparently transferred the three prosecutors to different divisions. The Daily News has the details.
PHILLY’S $8 MILLION POPE BILL, EXPLAINED
So many numbers were bandied about before the papal visit: $45 million was to be raised by the World Meeting of Families. $12 million was to be spent by the city and reimbursed by the WMOF, including $5 million of it up front. Two months later, the figure that resonates was released by the Nutter administration last night: $8 million. Wait, what? What happened to $12 million, and why are taxpayers on the hook for any of it? Mayor Michael Nutter called us up on Thursday to talk about it.
Help us break in the new Innovation Plaza, a redesigned pedestrian walkway on 37th Street between Market and Chestnut featuring gaming tables and free wifi. We'll also have drinks thanks to Saxbys Coffee and New Liberty Distilling.
Where: Innovation Plaza at 37th Street between Market and Chestnut
When: December 4, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
BEHIND THE SCENES AT MACY’S: SECRET SANTAS, TONS OF PIPES
Just behind the women’s sweaters on the second floor of Macy’s Center City are two floor-to-ceiling doors painted white. Behind them? A maze of a room stuck in the ’50s that holds the secrets to the world’s largest fully functioning musical instrument. It’s part of the backstory of the famous organ, holiday light show and Dickens Village. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the annual display.
MINORITY ENROLLMENT AT PHILLY COLLEGES, BY THE NUMBERS
From 1994 to 2014, the share of undergraduate black students as a percentage of the undergraduate student bodies at Philadelphia’s most prominent colleges and universities has declined from 9.2 percent to 7.9 percent. Billy Penn examined statistics from the U.S. Department of Education for Philly-area schools Drexel, Penn, Villanova, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Swarthmore, University of the Arts, Cabrini, Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia U, as well as Penn State. The numbers might surprise you.