Newsletter for Tuesday, March 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A very colorful rowhome without a row in North Philly; photo via @the_brittjames on Instagram.
JUDGE DENIES NEW SENTENCE FOR KATHRYN KNOTT
Convicted gay basher Kathryn Knott is staying in jail. A Philadelphia judge refused to offer a new sentence during a hearing Monday for Knott, 25, of Bucks County, who was sentenced to spend five to 10 months in prison in February. Her new attorney asked the judge to re-consider Knott’s sentence on the basis that her co-defendants were not sentenced to prison time. His solution? Have Knott record a Public Service Announcement about hate. An assistant district attorney said of the suggestion, “it would be comical… if it wasn’t so offensive.” Here’s more from the hearing, which included references to Abraham Lincoln and Frank Rizzo.
WHAT WAS BEHIND THE FATAL RITTENHOUSE STABBING
It all started over a New Jersey Devils cap. Police say 40-year-old Steven Simminger was wearing the team’s hat while walking through Rittenhouse Square around 3 a.m. Sunday. A group of friends, including 24-year-old Colin McGovern, was also in the area bar-hopping the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. Yesterday, police told reporters “a comment was made about the hat” which started an argument between Simminger and McGovern. It turned into a fight; McGovern wound up stabbed. He was hospitalized, but died a short time later. Police say Simminger, of Blackwood, NJ, went to a V.A. hospital around 7 a.m. Sunday to be treated for cuts to his hand and a mental evaluation. Simminger has been charged with murder.
The Ides of March weren't great for the Roman emperor, but they're a damn fine excuse for tasting five wines while exploring history with the Penn archaeologist who also happens to own this wine bar.
Where: Jet Wine Bar at 1525 South st. 19146
When: March 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $30
BILLY PENN LIKES
GUYS, DONALD TRUMP’S SUPPORT IS GROWING IN PA
Just being a supporter of Donald Trump is divisive. One Philadelphia resident angrily scolded Billy Penn for calling to ask why he’s supporting Trump for president. Another said they’d encountered so much vitriol online that talking to the press on the record simply about who would be the best person for the White House was fear-inducing. Others are loud and proud supporters, who publicly say they love Trump not because he has the most experience but because he says what he’s thinking even if it isn’t politically correct. Here’s the state of the GOP frontrunner’s candidacy in Pennsylvania.
INSIDE KUNG FU NECKTIE’S FRIENDS AND FAMILY PARTY
The best thing about Friends and Fam, a party thrown by DJ Matthew Law, is that the music is consistently A1. Because of this, people really dance in the unvarnished rooms of Kung Fu Necktie — where the party takes place each month — and Friends and Fam embodies a type of cool that doesn’t feel meticulously planned to the letter or thoroughly rehearsed in the mirror. Now Kung Fu Necktie is for sale. But the party, we hear, will continue.