CHAKA FATTAH’S NOT (AS) GUILTY: YESTERDAY’S RULING, EXPLAINED
Yesterday, a federal judge threw out four of 22 counts faced by Chaka Fattah, the longtime Philly congressman who’d been convicted by a jury in June following a years-long corruption probe. The upshot? Fattah is in less trouble but still big trouble, as in probably-going-to-federal-prison-for-a-while trouble. The judge tossed two counts of bank fraud, one of mail fraud and one of falsification of records. So is Fattah innocent of those? We’ll explain.
TRACKING THE ALMOST $100 MILLION IN OUTSIDE SPENDING IN THE PA ELECTION
Tired of all the political ads on TV? So is U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. The incumbent Republican has spent about $22.5 million on his re-election campaign — more than Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, but nothing compared to what outside groups have spent to infiltrate your favorite TV shows with attack ads on both candidates. This is who’s spending a ton of money on political ads in Pennsylvania.
THE SIXERS SEASON OPENER IS A WEEK AWAY, AND PLENTY OF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE
After four seasons of rebuilding, tanking and process-trusting, the Sixers franchise has pitched fans on the future being now. The team is done with The Process, and is on to progress, a lofty and yet attainable goal, given the team won just 10 games last season, one of the worst years in the history of the NBA. There is a ton of excitement around what’s to come. But with the Sixers opening the season at home on ESPN, there are a lot of seats available.
|What||Electoral Dysfunction, New York's premiere political comedy show comes to the City of Brotherly Love for a night of politics, issues, comedy and yelling!|
|Where||PHIT Comedy Second Stage at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA|
|When||October 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm|
|What||A City of Artists: Celebrating the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours showcases the diversity of Philadelphia neighborhoods represented during POST. The show acts as a cross-section of the Philadelphia arts community and provides a taste of the work you may find out on the tours.|
|Where||The Art Gallery at City Hall at Room 116, City Hall|
|When||October 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm|
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SEND US YOUR PA ELECTION HAIKUS
We think this election cycle could use some levity. So we started writing Pennsylvania election haikus. And more Pa. election haikus. And now we want to read *your* Pa. election haikus. So write up a haiku (remember, it’s five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables) and tweet them at us using the hashtag #PAElectionHaikus. We’ll publish our favorites.
17 OF THE TOP PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL SHOWS
The Philadelphia Film Festival returns for a 10-day stretch today. The festival is celebrating its silver anniversary, and they’ve increased the offerings by more than dozen over last year’s. There are 113 movies to see from 23 countries. So where to start? After poring over the lineup, here’s what we’re most excited about.