Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This cool new mural is going up on 9th Street in the Italian Market. Photo via @streetsdept on Instagram.
ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE OFFICIALLY CHARGED
Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer — the woman who is in charge of ensuring our state’s most powerful stay in line with the law — was arraigned, fingerprinted and had a mugshot taken Saturday in the Philadelphia ‘burbs. Kathleen Kane is facing a felony charge and seven misdemeanors after officials say she leaked grand jury information to The Philadelphia Daily News in order to exact revenge on a political foe. Kane was granted a $10,000 bail by a Montgomery County judge and is scheduled to appear in court again later this month. Meanwhile, she’s vehemently denying the charges.
THE DIVINE LORRAINE REDEVELOPMENT TO BE A ‘TIPPING POINT’ FOR NORTH BROAD STREET
The redevelopment of the old, abandoned Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street has been a long time coming, as developers and investors have reached roadblocks along the way. But it’s finally starting to look like the 121-year-old landmark is going to get the rebirth so many in this city have hoped for, and officials say it could serve as “an enormous tipping point” for the redevelopment of the entire North Broad Street corridor. The Inquirer looks at how changing one building like the grand Lorraine can spur change across an entire area of the city.
Philadelphia Yelpers are invited to a night out at the National Museum of American Jewish History, where drinks, food and entertainment will be provided, including DJ Bizz who will drop the beats. Yelpers of all involvement levels are welcome to attend.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S Independence Mall
When: August 10, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free, but a $10 museum donation is encouraged
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD: WE HAVE A WINNER
Billy Penn and Fox 29 have teamed up for brackets before, but this time around, what we’ve learned is this: Philadelphia takes a lot of pride in neighborhoods. More people casted votes in the Ultimate Philadelphia Neighborhood Bracket than any other we’ve done. Through four rounds of voting, we fielded more than 30,000 votes, including more than 12,000 votes that were casted in the final round: the Philadelphia neighborhood of Roxborough vs. New Jersey’s Cherry Hill. So without further ado, we announce the winner of the Billy Penn/ Fox 29 Ultimate Philadelphia Neighborhood Bracket.
ICYMI: SISTER MARY SCULLION ON WHY THE PAPAL VISIT SHOULD RE-FOCUS PHILLY ON POVERTY
Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director of nationally-recognized Philadelphia nonprofit Project HOME, co-chairs the Hunger and Homelessness Committee of the World Meeting of Families. In a guest column for Billy Penn, Sister Mary writes: “Pope Francis has given us a gift by urging us to refocus on poverty and struggle, both in its global and local forms. He is inviting us to tap the wellsprings of compassion and goodness within us, and he is urging us to re-envision our societies along the lines of justice and human dignity.” Here’s what she has to say about why the Papal visit should re-focus our city on poverty.