Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 4
RUSH HOUR PROTEST
Protesters march down Market Street toward City Hall. Photo by Joshua Scott Albert.
#FERGUSONPHL: ‘DIE-IN’ SNARLS RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC, TREE-LIGHTING
For a second day, protests around the Ferguson, Mo. grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown snarled Philly’s streets. Wednesday’s “die-in” and march started at 30th Street Station right before rush hour, and migrated down Market Street to collide squarely with the City Hall tree lighting. You can see more tweets and photos from the protest here.
BILL COSBY’S FALL: AN ANATOMY OF THE POST THAT DERAILED A LEGEND
Bill Cosby has lost a Netflix special, an NBC sitcom, a spot on Temple’s board of trustees and years of accumulated respect as the sexual assault accusations that followed him for 14 years have finally stuck. Billy Penn has traced the beginning of this rapid public shift: It all came down to a friend with an extra ticket to a Trocadero show, a Facebook post and the sometimes random luck of what turns an everyday post into something viral.
SIXERS WIN! (NOT A TYPO): THEY’RE BAD, BUT NOT THE WORST EVER
The #LOLSixers came close. Wednesday night’s game in Minnesota (vs. the also-awful Timberwolves) actually had to be restarted because both teams were warming up at the wrong basket. In the end, though, they pulled it out. Their motivation: Avoiding the New Jersey Nets’ 2009 streak of 18 losses. So instead, the Sixers are 1-17. But you can still buy tickets for most games for around $10.
TO DO: PARTY AT THE TREE-LIGHTING IN SOUTH PHILLY
WHAT: “Deck the Ave” kick-off and tree-lighting; free food and doggie treats, live music, etc.
WHERE: 11th Street & East Passyunk Ave.
WHEN: 5-7 PM; Deck the Ave runs 6-8 PM
HOW MUCH: Free / vendor cost varies
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DEPT. OF ‘AWWWW’: COUPLE GETS ENGAGED AT CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Robert Lewin, just back from deployment in Afghanistan, met his girlfriend Moriah Kilgore at Christmas Village last weekend. And just as the opening ceremony music started, Lewin dropped to one knee and proposed. Awwwww. More details on the couple’s big day in Philly Mag’s post.
PHILLY’S TV STATIONS SPLIT $15 MILLION IN POLITICAL AD MONEY
Fifteen. Million. Dollars. That’s one helluva haul for Jim Gardner, Hurricane Schwartz, Ukee Washington and Mike Jerrick to fight over… A new report from the Sunlight Foundation put together the numbers, noting that some 14,000 political ads ran in the Philadelphia market during the run-up to the November election. As Sunlight notes, that’s enough cash for 250 years of tuition at the University of Pennsylvania.