Newsletter for Wednesday, May 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
When the fog rolls in, the Billy Penn statue returns to the near top of Philly’s skyline (Instagram via @caitlincowan).
MAN SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE IN OVERBROOK
Around 1 a.m., police told 6ABC, plain clothes officers reported a suspicious vehicle on Lancaster Avenue near 63rd Street and called for backup to assist them in a police cruiser. The driver did not obey their command to pull over, and continued circling the block. At this point, the officers got out, according to police, and the man drove his car toward them. Police say one of the plain clothes offices fired four shots at the man, who was pronounced dead at the hospital. His name has not been released.
WOLF, PITTSBURGH MAYOR BLAST PUC OVER $11.3M UBER FINE
Gov. Tom Wolf and the mayor of Pittsburgh sent a sharply-worded letter to the state’s Public Utility Commission after it fined Uber a record $11.3 million, saying the move paints the state as “not a welcoming place for 21st century businesses.” The PUC, the state regulatory agency that oversees Uber everywhere except for Philadelphia, levied the fine against the San Francisco-based ridesharing company for illegally operating in Pittsburgh for several months in 2014. The fine would be the largest in PUC history. Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald signed the letter to the PUC Tuesday urging reconsideration of the fine as Uber “is investing hundreds of millions of dollars” in Pennsylvania.
SOUTH PHILLY WOMAN: WHY CAN’T I BIKE TO WORK WITHOUT GETTING GROPED?
Larkin Silverman rarely bikes to her work at Advanced Sports International. It’s far, about 17 miles from her South Philly home to ASI’s building in the Far Northeast, and the route can be unpleasant. But May is National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Month. And Silverman is the advocacy coordinator for ASI, which is a bicycle distributor. So she figured on the first work day in May she would bike with an intern. About 10 miles in, she said, a car full of men appeared behind her and pulled into the bike lane. At first, she thought she was about to get hit. Then, Silverman said, a man hanging out the back window groped her. Her anger quickly mixed with exasperation.
Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery of India will create a sacred sand mandala, and their crafts will be on sale.
Where: Material Culture at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. 19144
When: May 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to May 8, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
How much: Free admission
BILLY PENN LIKES
MEET THE PHILLY NATIVES BEHIND THE YOUTUBE HIT ‘SKORPION SHOW’
In our latest story in a series on Philadelphians who’ve gained on social media or YouTube followings, we speak to the guys behind the The Skorpion Show, a vlog series in talk show form. Co-hosts Kevin Simmons and Makael McLendon dish for their 150,550 subscribers on the topics of the day. “Every time there’s something big, people always want to hear what we have say,” Makael tells Billy Penn. “They’re getting their news from us, rather than TV or blogs.”
THE CASE FOR RICHIE ASHBURN AS THE ULTIMATE PHILLIE
The Ultimate Phillies bracket is down to the Final Four. Richie Ashburn. Chase Utley. Steve Carlton. Carlos Ruiz. Depending on how you define “Ultimate”, a case can be made for any of these players—yes, even Chooch—to win this tournament. And with that, a case will be made for each. First up, Richie Ashburn, with guest presenter… the mother of Dan Levy, our sports editor, who has a very personal story to share.