Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told employees in 2011 that she’d created a fake Facebook page to “snoop” on “defendants or witnesses,” according to an email attached to a court filing last week. Billy Penn reported in March last year that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board investigated Parks Miller after rumors circulated about the maneuver among the legal community. Here's the body of the email, and what Parks Miller had to say.
Chaka Fattah is heading to prison today. The former congressman, who resigned after being convicted of racketeering last year, is expected to surrender himself to a federal prison in Western PA. He's appealing, but has to serve time despite that. While a judge tossed out four of the 22 counts he was initially convicted of in October, the big stuff still stuck. Fattah's sentence is for 10 years.
Center City is going to be chock full of Republicans this week. Perhaps the biggest GOP gathering this side of the Republican National Convention starts Wednesday, and it’s happening at the Loews Hotel on Market Street. Security is already set for Trump's Thursday visit. Philly gets Pence too. Philly gets Paul Ryan. Philly gets the British Prime Minister, Theresa May. (Wait, what?) But this major political gathering won’t be similar to the DNC. The GOP Retreat is a closed-doors event that’s mostly about getting business done — or yelling at each other. Here’s a guide to what you can expect out of the retreat, the guests and the protests.
Looking for new zines and indie papers? Find your latest reads at this event that's totally dedicated to DIY publishing. Food, sips, a printing workshop, plus tunes from up-and-coming electronic artist DJ Haram.
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art
When: January 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to January 24, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.
Billy Penn Likes
Hell hath no fury like a South Philadelphian who was just told they can’t park illegally. Monday, we ran an interview with Julia Rowe, the photographer snapping photos of illegally parked cars around the city and posting them to social media in an effort to highlight — and yes, shame — the crosswalk-blockers. Rowe lives in South Philly, but anyone can submit photos to email@example.com, and she’s featured images from a few different neighborhoods. People had some things to say, and the emails and comments have been… unpleasant. Here's how Billy Penn readers reacted and what Rowe had to offer.
The Sixers beat the Clippers without Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Tuesday. Still, Embiid has revitalized basketball in the city. The Sixers were the also-ran of the NBA for years — granted, by design — waiting for Embiid to step on the floor and begin to show what we hoped he could when he was drafted three seasons ago. Now the sure-fire NBA Rookie of the Year leader, Embiid has loftier goals. He wants the Sixers to make the playoffs, he could be on the outside of the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year and, more pressingly, he could be a 2017 NBA All-Star. But should he be?