Newsletter for Friday, Aug. 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Diner en Blanc crowd, as usual, got an email right before last night’s dinner at the Navy Yard; they were encouraged to use public transit, hence the crowded Broad Street Line pic by @chuckseye on Instagram.
INKY: FEDS INVESTIGATING D.A. SETH WILLIAMS FOR CORRUPTION
Here we go again. The longtime District Attorney of Philadelphia, Seth Williams, is under investigation by the FBI for alleged misuse of campaign funds, according to The Inquirer‘s Chris Brennan. Williams’ PAC was served subpoenas a few weeks ago; the Inky says the probe is a joint effort of the IRS and the FBI, and a grand jury is involved too. Why? The article doesn’t say; it does make note that “questions about Williams’ personal finances have been raised before,” but at those times, the people asking them weren’t the federal government.
PLAYBOOK! GET YOUR PAPAL MAPS PLAYBOOK!
If your trash day is Friday or Monday, you’re out of luck during the pope’s visit. That’s about all the news that came out of Mayor Michael Nutter’s papal press conference Thursday afternoon. Trash will be picked up Thursday, Sept. 24, but not Friday the 25th or Monday the 28th. Also, a much-hyped “Playbook” will be released Monday that’s pretty much a one-stop shop for the many maps that have been released. And not one to pass up a pilgrims reference these days, Nutter reminded everyone to wear comfy shoes. “There will be a fair amount of walking,” Nutter said. “That’s what pilgrims do.”
'Back to the Future Part Two,' which is set in 2015 (!), will screen outside, along with the usual music and food trucks and beer.
Where: Eakins Oval at The Art Museum
When: August 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: The movie's free; food and beer are pay-as-you-go.
BILLY PENN LIKES
TEBOW AND THE PHILLIES: HOW TO TALK ABOUT PHILLY SPORTS IN AUGUST
To sound like somebody who pays attention to Philadelphia sports the next few weeks, you need utter only one word: TEBOW. But just to keep you informed in this August guide for Philadelphians who don’t pay attention to sports, the Phillies also got less terrible after trading away their two best pitchers and the battle for Pennsylvania football supremacy is coming up in a couple of weeks when Penn State faces Temple at the Linc. Here’s how to talk about Philly sports in August (if you don’t care about Philly sports).
CAN THE NEW CBS BOSS MAKE YOU CARE ABOUT TV NEWS AGAIN?
Will young people watch TV news? That’s the question facing new KYW general manager Brien Kennedy, whose revamp of the perennially-fourth-rated TV station in town saw a longtime evening news team kicked to the curb following wholesale job changes on both the sales and news sides of the CBS-owned station. Kennedy was described to Billy Penn as a “corporate darling” credited with boosting ratings in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he turned another network-owned station, WCCO, into a ratings winner. But Philly isn’t Minneapolis, and Kennedy wasn’t going up against Jim Gardner or Comcast. Here’s what’s at stake.