Newsletter for Thursday, Nov. 19
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The incredible barely-visible Philadelphia skyline; photo via @halfthetime on Instagram.
KATHLEEN KANE AND THE ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’
Picture this: Someone charged with a violent crime — homicide, or aggravated assault — gets arrested and goes on trial in Pennsylvania. This person’s lawyer, in court, argues that the charges against them are not warranted, because they were supervised by an Attorney General without a law license. What happens? Nobody knows. That’s the “nuclear scenario,” according to Bruce Beemer, the aide to Kathleen Kane. Remember, her law license is indefinitely suspended as she awaits trial on charges of improperly leaking grand jury information. Yesterday was the last hearing the state Senate is holding into her suspension and whether it’s hindering her ability to do the job of Attorney General. Sometime next week, the panel will issue recommendations to the state Senate, which could vote to remove her, sending the measure to Gov. Tom Wolf.
INSIDE PHILLY’S ‘INSANE, STUPID AND EVIL’ SUBSTITUTE TEACHER CRISIS
When the school district of Philadelphia contracted with the for-profit company Source4Teachers to provide substitute teachers in June, it gave the company a list with about 1,100 names of subs. Months later, the school district is experiencing a substitute teacher crisis. Long-time subs are holding out because of the lower pay and for not wanting to feel like scabs. Full-time teachers work extra to makeup for the absences of subs. Here’s how we got here.
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Where: Top of the Tower at 1717 Arch St.
When: November 19, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $50
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY NEWSPAPER GUILD STILL WANTS THE DAILY NEWS
The Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia would like to buy the Philadelphia Daily News. Remember: On the heels of the layoff announcement, Local 10 had its lawyers send a letter to the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, seeking a price for the beleaguered 6-day-a-week tabloid paper. Lenfest’s response as of this week, per Philadelphia Media Network spokeswoman Amy Buckman: Not interested. Still, according to Howard Gensler, the Daily News writer and president of the city Newspaper Guild who responded to Billy Penn‘s inquiries via email this week, they’re trying to figure out what the 45,000-circulation newspaper is worth.
‘NO SECTION 8’: CRAIGSLIST, LANDLORDS AND ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION
More than 17,000 low-income families in Philadelphia have vouchers subsidized by the federal government that help them to pay their rent and, ultimately, get out of high-crime and low-income neighborhoods. Of course, that assumes landlords and property owners in this city work alongside them. A quick look through Craigslist shows those unwilling to do so. And according to Philadelphia housing ordinances, it’s completely illegal.