Newsletter for Tuesday, Aug. 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The extreme heat advisory is expected to end later today, so try to stay cool like this guy; pic via @winstonlefrenchie on Instagram.
KATHLEEN KANE, NOW A FELON; JURY CONVICTS A.G. ON ALL CHARGES
In the end, it took a jury just four and a half hours — they ordered dinner — to convict Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane of all the criminal charges against her including perjury, obstruction and abuse of office. It’s a decision likely to reverberate across the state’s political and judicial circles. Kane called no witnesses during the trial, and her defense basically consisted of telling the jury that they should not trust two of her closest political confidants who testified against her. The judge who heard the case had some harsh words for Kane, including a warning about what would happen if she tried to retaliate against anyone involved in the case (she’s still the Attorney General, after all).
OOPS! SETH WILLIAMS: I FORGOT TO REPORT $160K IN GIFTS
Maybe now we know why the FBI is looking into Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Yesterday, as the jury in Norristown was ending deliberations, the Inky published this: Williams, Kane’s avowed political enemy, belatedly reported some $160,000 in gifts from 2010 to 2015 that he, according to the law, needed to disclose but never did. The gifts include a $41,000 home repair and $20k in plane tickets and hotels in Key West, Las Vegas, Virginia, and the Dominican Republic. His lawyer told the paper it was a “terrible mistake.”
Did you know monthly meetings of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission are open to the public? On the agenda: Plans for Mt. Airy, Logan Square and the 30th Street Station District.
Where: One Parkway Building at 1515 Arch St., 18th Fl., Room 18-029
When: August 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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DID PAT TOOMEY ‘CROSS PARTY LINES’ TO TIGHTEN GUN LAWS FOR TERRORISTS?
As Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey battles for re-election in one of the most important senate races in the nation, it’s been his record on guns that’s drawn some of the most attention. The Independence USA PAC bankrolled an ad running in Pennsylvania that claims “Toomey crossed party lines twice: first to support background checks, and now to stop gun sales to suspects on the terror watch list.” We’ve written before about Toomey signing on in 2013 and putting his name on a bill that would have expanded background checks. But what about his efforts to stop gun sales to suspects on the terror watch list? Here’s what we found.
PARALLELS BETWEEN DOUG PEDERSON AND ANDY REID’S ROOKIE EAGLES YEARS
New Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has stayed true to that throwback idea. His hard-hitting 2016 training camp has many comparing this preseason to Reid’s first, back in ’99. Long term, emulating Reid — who enters 2016 with a 172-121-1 record, all time — could make Pederson a successful head coach. But trying to re-create 1999? That’s a horrible idea!