Newsletter for Friday, Nov. 14
Last night was a historic one for the Sixers — the Dallas Mavericks beat them by 53 points, the largest margin in the Texas franchise’s history. They’re 0-8.
CONCUSSION K.O.S KANE: WILL SHE RUN OUT THE CLOCK ON A GRAND JURY?
Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s chief law officer, is still working from home as she recovers from a concussion sustained during a car crash Oct. 21. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt. In a statement, Kane’s spokesfolks say she’s under doctor’s orders not to return to work until Nov. 24. On Sunday, The Inquirer ran a photo of the car Kane’s vehicle hit — prepare to be underwhelmed by the accident that left her unable to work for a month. The article accompanying said photo notes that Kane’s continuing absence means she’s not testifying in front of a grand jury that’s set to expire in a few weeks. That grand jury is waiting to hear about “improper leaks” from her office. It seems like a case of convenient timing, dontcha think?
UBER X APPROVED IN PENNSYLVANIA (BUT NO, NOT FOR YOU, PHILLY)
News: The state Public Utility Commission, which oversees taxis in (damn near all of) Pennsylvania is OK with UberX operating for the next two years. Except in Philly! The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which oversees taxis in Pennsylvania (and sicced cops on horseback to break up UberX) is still fighting the ride-sharing service. But, the Inky notes, the state department’s decision does up the pressure on city and state officials to figure out how to coexist with the incredibly popular UberX.
IF YOU KNOW HOW TO KEEP MILLENNIALS HERE, PLEASE TELL THE MAYOR, KTHX
Nobody really knows exactly why Philadelphia has become a magnet for millennials. It doesn’t rank high for startups, tech, bikeability or many other measures favored by millennials. Its job growth rate is about half the national average, and only this year did the job number reach pre-recession levels and the unemployment rate drop below 9 percent. But from 2006-2012, its population of 25-34 year olds increased by 100,000, a 6.1 percent growth rate. And keeping them here will likely take planning and coordination — one such effort: State of Young Philly.
TO DO: GO ICE SKATING IN FRONT OF CITY HALL
WHAT: The Rothman Ice Rink opens today
WHERE: Dilworth Park, right in front of City Hall
HOW MUCH: $8 skate rental; $4 for adults, $3 for kids
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NERD OUT ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE DILWORTH PARK ICE RINK
Urban Engineers, which worked on the plaza, has a kinda boast-y-but-still-cool post up about how the Dilworth Park ice rink works. They did some hard work that’s now invisible but invaluable — think underground chill lines, an ice melt pit and a dedicated power source.
SEPTA IS USING DATA TO FIGHT VIOLENT CRIME
With a $20,000 grant, the transit authority’s police chief partnered with Temple University to train eight officers to look for patterns in data, per Technically Philly. What they found — tracking things like fare evasion and cell phone theft — led to a shocking 25 percent drop in crimes committed on SEPTA lines. Up next: Expanding the program to cover the department’s 275 officers.