Newsletter for Thursday, April 9
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Don’t let last night’s chilly weather fool you — it’s cherry blossom season in Philly. Photo via @lilloew on Instagram.
WHY KATHLEEN KANE’S DROPPED PROBE INTO A MOBBED-UP BUSINESSMAN IS HUGE
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s recent scoop, which says Kathleen Kane stopped an investigation into Louis DeNaples’ gaming empire, shouldn’t just be a one-day story. DeNaples is a northeast Pennsylvania institution, with a history of buying friendly politicians — possibly the governor, and certainly a Congressman, not to mention some of the highest-ranking state and federal law enforcement officials. Matt Birkbeck, who wrote a book about DeNaples’ Mafia-connected mentor, has more.
CAN I USE A SELFIE STICK? THE ANSWERS FOR 5 PHILLY FESTIVALS
Selfie sticks, if you’re one of those I-choose-not-to-use-social-media types, clamp onto your phone and extend from a pole as long as 4 feet. So why are $100 phone sticks being banned at festivals? Organizers told NME the sticks block other people’s views. A number of British festivals banned selfie sticks too, citing health and safety issues. They didn’t go into details, but it probably has something to do with thousands of intoxicated people wielding large sticks. We checked in with five upcoming Philly festivals to see if similar concerns have inspired local selfie stick bans.
BRIDESBURG: WEAPONS FACTORIES, THE DELAWARE RIVER MARATHON AND TED KOPPEL
Bridesburg is the northeastern-most point of Philadelphia’s River Wards (don’t you dare call it the Northeast) and was a major manufacturing hub for the city, with companies providing parts or weapons for most of America’s major wars. It’s also the latest stop in our Neighborhoods Project. Though many factories have closed, Bridesburg lives on as popular residential area for white working class families. The neighborhood is undergoing a bit of a resurgence, too, with a new park set for development along the Delaware.
TO DO: STAND UP FOR TRANSPORTATION RALLY
WHAT: Infrastructure! No really, it’s a thing. Ex-Governor and Mayor Ed Rendell joins a bunch of state and federal folks at a morning rally.
WHERE: Dilworth Park
WHEN: 9 AM
HOW MUCH: Free
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WHEN STEADY B AND COOL C WENT FROM RAPPERS TO MURDERERS
Philly’s Steady B and Cool C were on the verge of hip-hop stardom in the late 80s. Each had released a major-label album and had ties to famous or soon-to-be famous rap acts like Schoolly D, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante and KRS-One. With their funky, fun style falling out of favor to gangsta rap, they lost their audience and record deals. In 1996, Cool C murdered police officer Lauretha Vaird during an attempted robbery, with Steady B as one of his accomplices. Michael A. Gonzales goes in-depth on their story for Cuepoint, interviewing former friends and Philly music biz personalities to try and figure out how these once-promising rappers went from performers to murderers.
HOW TO INTERN IN NYC (HOBOKEN IS BASICALLY MANAYUNK)
For Philly college students, New York City is like a magnet in the summer. The banks, the law firms, Broadway, the music industry, pretty much everything in our northern suburb is liable to pull you in with the promises of an internship. Of course, if you get one, just be ready to spend all the money you make as an intern on rent and booze. New York City isn’t cheap. But it can be a little more manageable and obviously fun. Here are a few tips for how to survive your summer internship in New York City.