Newsletter for Monday, Feb. 1
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Meek Mill making the most of his mandatory stay in Philly (Instagram via @meekmill)
MEEK MILL, BILL COSBY AND CHAKA FATTAH JR. ARE ALL IN COURT THIS WEEK
Buckle up because we have a busy week in court. Let’s start with Chaka Fattah Jr. The congressman’s son will be sentenced this week on federal bank and tax fraud charges. Chip, who apparently likes Law & Order and Fiesta Pizza, faces four to six years in prison. Meek Mill has a hearing Friday, and it’s likely that will result in jail time. The Philly-bred rapper has been stuck here since late last year (see below) after violating his probation stemming from a 2008 gun possession. And let’s not forget Bill Cosby. Everything centers right now on depositions from a 2005 civil suit in which Cosby admitted to giving women pills before having sex with them. In order for that to be used against him in a criminal case, a judge basically has to decide Tuesday whether former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor is lying about a verbal agreement made a decade ago that would prevent the use of the deposition.
SQUILLA’S ARTIST REGISTRY IS ALL BUT DEAD
While you were weekending (maybe even taking in a performance by your favorite band), we got an update on Councilman Mark Squilla’s amendment that would have created a registry of artists performing at Philly venues. Basically, the registry is about to die — but the amendment lives on. After some serious uproar and even a Change.org petition protesting the data collection, Squilla had a heart-to-heart with top city officials and is making some changes. Deputy Mayor Jim Engler outlined them for us.
Garrett Oliver is a luminary in the beer world. In addition to being brewmaster at Brooklyn, he's the guy responsible for The Oxford Companion to Beer. In other words, he knows a ton — but he's also a cool dude. He'll give a short talk and answer questions.
Where: City Tap House Logan at 2 Logan Sq. 19102
When: February 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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WING BOWL: 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE PHILLY TRADITION
Philly doesn’t get a Super Bowl. As a team, the Eagles haven’t been there since 2005. Instead, we have Wing Bowl. Few of our events draw such a large combination — in nearly equal measure — of sheer excitement and utter disgust. On Friday, 20,000 people (mostly men) will pour into the Wells Fargo Center at 6 a.m., already mostly drunk, to watch a bunch of people eat thousands of wings and be surrounded by strippers, dancers and women taking their tops off. But there’s a lot about Wing Bowl you might not know. Here are 10 you probably won’t forget.
MEEK MILL & NICKI MINAJ IN PHILLY: LOVE, THE A-LIST AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
In mid-December, Judge Genece Brinkley ruled that a North Philly man violated his probation, and said he couldn’t leave the city at least until his next hearing in February. In ruling on the case of Robert Rihmeek Williams, Brinkley more or less immediately stranded an A-list celebrity entourage in Philadelphia these past two months. That’s because Williams is better known by his stage name, Meek Mill. And it helps a little that his girlfriend — the reason he’d blown probation — is one of the biggest stars on the planet: Nicki Minaj. Here’s what they’ve been up to while Meek has pretty much been stuck here awaiting a probation violation hearing.