Just a couple days ago, it seemed like Amtrak 188 engineer Brandon Bostian was in the clear. The Philly DA's Office had declined to press charges ahead of today's deadline, when the statute of limitations is set to expire — two years since the train crash that killed eight people. But Thursday afternoon a Philly Municipal Court judge filed an order with two private criminal complaints from the families of victims. The DA's Office, citing possible conflict of interest, passed the order on to Attorney General Josh Shapiro's office. He's still evaluating the case, but expect an announcement today.
We're only a few months away from the opening of Philadelphia's version of New York's High Line. The Rail Park will open in January 2018, said Sarah McEneaney, president of Friends of the Rail Park. It was originally slated to open in late 2018 and then moved up to spring 2018. But Philly's warm winter did wonders, and the construction is ahead of schedule. See what crews have been working on and how the finished product is going to look — in just a few months!
Remember Frank Fina? He was the Philadelphia assistant district attorney embroiled in the Pennsylvania email scandal who held onto his job for a long time. And before that he was a top prosecutor in the attorney general's office who helped take down Jerry Sandusky and many corrupt pols. He also was a main reason former AG Kathleen Kane ended up getting convicted last year. So yeah, remember that guy? Well now he's representing the president of the Penn State fraternity who's facing criminal charges in the death of a pledge.
Know any great lawyers, paralegals or other legal minds under 40? We need your help. We’re looking to highlight Philadelphia’s most dynamic young lawyers and others in the legal community for an upcoming installment of “Who’s Next.” The intent of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” series, presented by the Knight Foundation, is to introduce readers to the most dedicated young people working to shape our city every day. Fill out our nomination form here.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice present the inaugural Franklin SP2 Social Innovation Prize, to be awarded to the team of students that best develops the most promising and innovative project. Teams will present their projects in a live pitch competition, and the winner will be decided by a panel of experts.
Where: Pennovation Center at 3401 Grays Ferry Ave. 19146
When: May 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Registration required
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Roy-Pitz is betting big on Philly. When it opens next week, the Chambersburg, Pa., brewery's new spot at 990 Spring Garden will have 130 seats, a bar with 16 taps plus local wine and booze, a full kitchen with food menu and a retail beer sales area. It also has a section dedicated to cellaring, fermenting and barrel-aging beer — hence the official name: the Roy-Pitz Barrel House. Here's a look inside.
If you prefer to do your running on, around and through inflatable structures originally created for children, there’s an event coming up in August that’s perfect for you. Just like the Color Run or the Night Nation Run, we now have another 5K option: The “Insane Inflatable 5K,” a 3.1-mile run in Philadelphia that features a series of inflatable obstacles, including giant slides, a “ball maze,” a blow-up wall and bunch of other odd inflatable objects. Here's what that actually looks like and how to sign up.