Newsletter for Tuesday, July 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Center City at dusk looks kind of Technicolor; photo via @_silence_dogood on Instagram.
WHY A JUDGE UNSEALED BILL COSBY’S COURT RECORDS
Yesterday we learned that Bill Cosby admitted — during a lawsuit that was since settled — that he bought Quaaludes in order to give them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Which, yeah. But the admissions came way back in 2006, far before the recent outcry over Cosby’s alleged assaults (and we have to say ‘alleged’ guys; he was never actually charged with a crime in here, which is important to note). Why are we only seeing this now? Well, the Associated Press had to fight in court for their release. Cosby’s lawyers argued the information dealt with the most private things: his sex life, money, marriage, medical conditions, and use of prescription drugs. They argued that unsealing the records would embarrass Cosby, and those who testified against him in this civil lawsuit. The judge wasn’t having it. Per Buzzfeed News, which quoted the judge’s decision thusly, the public had a right to know: “This case, however, is not about [Cosby’s] status as a public person by virtue of the exercise of his trade as a televised or comedic personality. Rather, [Cosby] has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime.”
POPE IN PHILLY: WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DON’T
In his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September and officials say he’ll draw more than a million tourists to the city. But how will the city handle the influx, and what are the details of how this might affect your life here in the city for a few days? City officials with the help of the Secret Service are still tight-lipped about security efforts. But they have revealed some information about the effect this visit could have on transportation. Here’s a what that looks like as of July 6.
TO DO: PADDLE A SWAN-SHAPED BOAT AT PENN’S LANDING
WHAT: Cool off on the Delaware River with a kayak, canoe or foot-pedal boat rental
WHERE: Penn’s Landing Marina, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
WHEN: 12-8 p.m. daily
HOW MUCH: Starting at $7/half hour
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TRANS PHILLY: ‘IT’S GETTING BETTER’ BUT CHALLENGES REMAIN
At the beginning of June, Philadelphia flew a special flag right next to its United States one. In the shadow of the massive City Hall was a blue, pink and white flag — it symbolized transgender pride. It was the first time the flag flew there; officials did so to mark the beginning of the 14th annual Transgender Health Conference that took place at the Mazzoni Center, the city’s space for LGBT health and wellness. The city has a reputation for being welcome to members of the transgender community — how far has it come, and how far does it need to go? This is part one of our look at being transgender in Philadelphia.
IT’S A BLOB! IT’S A BUBBLE! THE NORTH PHILLY ‘UFO’
Presented for your examination: This short YouTube video posted by Hector Garcia yesterday morning. The title calls it a UFO at 7th and Tioga streets in North Philly. But it’s not an “ET”-type UFO — it looks kind of like a sad-sack cloud that moves too fast. Either way, it’s a weird one. See for yourself.