Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 19
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Horse meets cat at the Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park; photo via @urphillypal on Instagram.
GET READY FOR A WEEK OF TALK ABOUT SNOW
It might snow this weekend! A lot! Weather forecasters at our stations, finally able to hype something other than rain for the first time this winter, are fairly convinced it’s going to snow a lot this weekend. Check out this NBC10 story about the “Major Snowstorm” that could hit this weekend, and why. CBS3’s Katie Fehlinger pointed to a graphic that showed a possible 17 inches of snow on Saturday. 17! We’re keeping track of who’s forecasting what at this link; send us what you see, so we can compare what actually happens to what’s getting hyped right now.
SHELTER SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, SECURITY UNDER REVIEW
A 32-year-old man wanted in a fatal shooting at a homeless shelter surrendered to police Monday. John Brock faces charges of murder and attempted murder for the shooting at the Station House Transitional Shelter in North Philly on Sunday. Police say Brock shot 43-year-old Edward Barksdale five times, including once in the head, killing him; 26-year-old Lamont Barham was wounded. According to NewsWorks, security at the shelter is now under review.
Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo will play a free all-ages show to kick off XPN's second year of the Latin Roots Live! concert series featuring music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Where: World Cafe Life at 3025 Walnut St. 19104
When: January 19, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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RELIGION, GUNS & AN ECHO CHAMBER: HOW THE WEST PHILLY SHOOTING WENT NATIONAL
As anybody who has lived in Philadelphia or any large American city should know, “shots” aren’t unusual. Philly police receive about 130 reports of possible weapon threats each day, which totals out to nearly 50,000 per year. Most lead to nothing. A small fraction (but still too many) end with someone being shot. That number, according to data compiled by GunCrisis.org, can hit 100 per month, or up to three times per day. Few lead to more than a cursory headline. And then there was the shooting involving officer Jesse Hartnett, which stretches news cycles and makes seemingly everyone, from a GOP-loving comedian to an indicted congressmen, insert themselves into the story. Here’s why that one went wider.
THE REASON WE’VE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR A REPORT ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Harrisburg is waiting. It’s going on the fifth year of existence of a group that was supposed to review the death penalty in Pennsylvania and create a report that would inform policy decisions on the matter. But the report that was originally due in 2013 never came. Now, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Here’s what’s been holding that up.