Newsletter for Friday, Dec. 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Center City nights and winter lights. (Instagram via @unquestionably_mary).
HITE’S 5-YEAR SCHOOLS CONTRACT IS A DONE DEAL
School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite has closed schools, laid off teachers and outsourced subs. And he’s charterized many schools. But many in the city, including Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, consider Hite a strong leader and stabilizing presence in the district. The SRC agrees, because the Commission voted unanimously last night to extend his contract into 2022. But Hite won’t see a pay raise until teachers do.
MARGARET CHO: GET ‘KATHRYN KNOTT OFF THE STREETS’
For about an hour Thursday, comedian Margaret Cho denounced violence against gays, specifically referring to Kathryn Knott, who is still awaiting her fate in the Center City gay-bashing trial. Cho called Knott “violent” and said she needed to be taken off the streets. She also discussed the need for more hate crime laws throughout the U.S.
MEEK MILL, NICKI MINAJ IN PHILLY COURT AGAIN
Meek Mill was back in a Philly courtroom Thursday. So was Nicki Minaj. So was Meek’s grandmother. The Philly-native rapper appeared for the second portion of a probation hearing in courtroom 907 of the Criminal Justice Center today. Among his entourage of about 40 people? Legendary producer Kenny Gamble, Nicki Minaj (who truly needs no introduction) and, yes, grandma.
A chance to sample the Final Four in our Ultimate Christmas Cookie bracket, live at the Rotunda at Liberty Place. We'll also have complimentary milk and hot chocolate thanks to Saxbys Coffee.
Where: The Rotunda at Liberty Place at 16th and Chestnut Streets, 2nd floor
When: December 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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HOW PHILLY FITS INTO THE NFL’S CONCUSSION CRISIS
The movie “Concussion” comes out next week and in it Pittsburgh provides the setting for where the deadly longterm risk of playing in the NFL was revealed. Pittsburgh is where Dr. Bennet Omalu worked when he discovered the degenerative brain disease CTE in former Steeler Mike Webster. But Philadelphia is where the current fight against the NFL and the protection of its former players continues. Here’s how it happened, and what’s next.
INTRODUCING THE 12 DAYS OF PHILLY CHRISTMAS
Even though Philly hasn’t delivered the cold weather and dusting of snow we usually associate with Christmas in the Northeast, the city has given us so many other things. Like sinkholes and Pope beers and mummers, for example. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a Philly-themed Christmas song? Play this 12 Days of Christmas instrumental and sing your heart out to the 12 Days of Philly Christmas.