THE SEPTA STRIKE IS ON
SEPTA’s 4,700 TWU Local 234 workers are on strike and that means all buses, trolleys and subways are shut down. TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown gave no indication for how long the strike might last said but said, “We’re pretty far apart…I’m not optimistic.” Negotiations continued throughout the night and are expected to continue today. Here’s why the strike happened and how you can survive it. Good luck out there today!
BILL COSBY IS IN COURT TODAY: HERE’S WHY
Bill Cosby is back in court today in Norristown for what could be one of the most critical hearings in the criminal case against him. The 79-year-old’s defense team is arguing that prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to trot out 13 other accusers as the comedian is going blind and can’t remember any details about alleged encounters with the women. The hearing comes as part of the only criminal case against Cosby — that’s the one that involves Andrea Constand, a former Temple employee, who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004.
ACTUALLY, UNIVERSITY CITY’S RENT PROB ISN’T THIS BAD
On Monday the rental website Zumper came out with something that would qualify to most as shocking news: University City has the highest median rent in Philadelphia, at $1900 for a one bedroom. Philly.com aggregated the information and posted an article on its front page. We saw a Tweet expressing disbelief that students could be getting gouged so thoroughly on rent. (In all fairness, we tweeted that out with nary a thought to the contrary.) But here’s the thing: It’s probably not true.
Journalist and Politico senior writer Jack Shafer is known for his withering criticism and incisive wit. He'll join NewsWorks' Dick Polman to talk about whether the media helped "create" Donald Trump. (Yes, the election will be over soon. Promise.)
Where: 3805 Locust Walk 19104 at Kelly Writers House
When: November 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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CANDY CORN: WAS IT REALLY BORN IN PHILLY?
Was candy corn invented in Philadelphia? That’s what they say, and depending on how you feel about the Halloween niblets, that’s either one of the most awesome Philly firsts, or one of the saddest. If it’s actually true, that is. There’s far less evidence than you might suspect.
7 PA AND PHILLY POLS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG
Being a twentysomething is awk. That got us wondering: how did our local politicians deal? We reached out to a bunch of electeds at the city and state levels. We asked them what they loved the most, what they found most challenging. The descriptions that they gave were recognizable. The overachieving student. The ambitious young attorney. The principled workaholic. Our mayor was the professional guy who made time for rock concerts. Our governor was the dude working his butt off in grad school. Here’s how seven pols remember their 20s.