Newsletter for Tuesday, Dec. 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
KATHRYN KNOTT JUROR LETS REDDIT USERS ASK HIM ANYTHING; THEY DO
Aristeo Duenas was plenty outspoken outside the city courthouse on Friday after a verdict came down against now-convicted gay basher Kathryn Knott. He apparently had more to say. So the 33-year-old public school teacher who lives in Brewerytown logged into Reddit under the name “nedthedragonslayer” and opened himself up to an AMA, or an “Ask Me Anything.” “We were all in tears when we handed the verdict to the court official,” he wrote, “because the large majority of us felt she deserved much much more.” And Duenas didn’t stop there; read on for more.
WHO’S NEXT: 12 OF PHILLY’S STEM SUPERSTARS
Welcome to this month’s edition of Who’s Next, a feature we at Billy Penn use to highlight some of the most dynamic young leaders in Philadelphia. These winners are the city’s newest movers and shakers, and the people who were nominated by their peers as making Philadelphia stronger in their fields. So here, without further ado, are a dozen young people shaping science, technology, engineering and math in Philadelphia and across the state.
|What||"A low-key evening of crafting" at the Free Library's Donatucci branch. It's listed as "adults only," so, you know, anything can happen.|
|Where||Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. branch at 1935 Shunk Street|
|When||December 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm|
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THE 9 MOST INTERESTING POLITICS STORIES OF 2015
Pennsylvania has always had its scandals and political feuds, but 2015 may have set a new standard. The porny email scandal, which started last year, enveloped more public officials — from another Supreme Court justice to D.A. Seth Williams — and finally pushed attorney general Kathleen Kane’s enemies to seek their revenge. Locally, plenty of less-scandalous news defined the political scene. Here are the 9 stories that make up the 2015 year in politics.
COOKIE BRACKET: WE’RE IN THE FINALS, PEOPLE
In the end, it came down to fun and flavor (and personal preference, of course). We combined the tallies from those who voted in person, filling out ballots as they sipped on milk and hot chocolate from Saxbys, and the count from our online poll. And now it’s down to two in our Ultimate Holiday Cookie bracket. Sarcone’s pignolis took the cake over the Famous 4th rugelach, and it turns out name recognition wasn’t enough — Sweet Box red velvet notched a surprise win over Termini’s cannoli. Which one is the Ultimate Philly Cookie? Vote now.