Newsletter for Wednesday, Nov. 12
Mayor Michael Nutter, a former DJ, pays tribute to the member of the Sugar Hill Gang who died Tuesday.
FATHER OF L.A. LAKERS GUARD FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN GERMANTOWN
Wayne Ellington, Jr. has been averaging 7.9 points a game for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. The 27-year-old North Carolina U. and Episcopal Academy product was the pride of his dad, 57-year-old Wayne Ellington Sr., Morgan Zalot reports for the Philadelphia Daily News. So it was a shock when detectives knocked on 75-year-old Betty Ellington’s West Mt. Airy door — she thought her son, Sr., was downstairs getting ready for her grandson Jr.’s game. No — someone shot Sr. as he was driving down Marion Street. The family is looking for suspects and tips, and the police are offering a $20,000 reward.
LINCOLN U PRESIDENT WALKS BACK OFFENSIVE COMMENTS AFTER FIRESTORM
The only surprising thing about the Lincoln University’s this-kind-of-sounds-like-someone-made-me-say-sorry apology is how long it took. On Sunday, The Inquirer took a look at comments made back in September by Robert R. Jennings, who told a room full of women ” We have, we had, on this campus last semester three cases of young women who after having done whatever they did with young men and then it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did … They went to Public Safety and said, ‘He raped me'” and “Don’t put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.” And because it’s 2014, that part of the speech is on YouTube, so the Huffington Post was on the case. Cut to yesterday, when Jennings inevitably apologized. “My message was intended to emphasize personal responsibility and mutual respect,” he wrote to students. “I apologize for my choice of words. I certainly did not intend to hurt or offend anyone.”
UBER BLACK DRIVERS ON UBER X AND SNITCHING TO THE PPA
Uber Black is the upscale Uber — the more expensive service that costs more than a cab, and works more like a limo. And those guys, operating largely without hassle from Philly’s Parking Authority and its cab drivers, are losing business. The PPA is stoking the flames, urging Uber Black drivers to snitch on folks picking up via UberX. So Billy Penn talked to a few drivers on the Black service — to find out how much they’re losing, how long they think it’ll last, and what’s really at stake.
TO DO: THE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL STARTS TODAY
WHAT: A big batch of movies are screening at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; the opening night film is A Leading Man (Plus a reception!)
WHERE: International House Philadelphia, 37th & Chestnut
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Most films $8; some shorts free.
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WILL THE BLUE HORIZON, ONCE A BOXING MECCA, BECOME A BOUTIQUE HOTEL?
Hidden City says this might be the Blue Horizon’s last chance — the Committee on Historic Designation of the Philadelphia Historical Commission meets today to determine its fate, along with four other buildings. A pair of developers want to turn the Blue Horizon, the site of some of the 20th century’s biggest boxing matches, into a(nother) boutique hotel. Will it survive?
THE ‘SOUL-CRUSHING’ REASONS WHY THIS PHILLY CITY EMPLOYEE QUIT
Tony D’Abruzzo used to run the Philadelphia Police Department’s program to train cops as data scientists. He loved his job, he told Technically Philly, despite bureaucracy that and what he called “indentured servant pay.” D’Abruzzo warned, though, that “in the last two years, almost every 30-something I know [who worked in city government] has left,” and that “people who work really hard are going to get more work … That’s kind of the system right now.” It’s pretty bleak, but totally worth reading.