Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 3
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Former Lower Merion standout Kobe Bryant, in town this week on his Lakers farewell tour, apparently is still an Eagles fan; photo via the @philadelphiaeagles on Instagram.
A PERFORMANCE REVIEW, AFTER 8 YEARS OF MAYOR NUTTER
Since Michael Nutter left City Council to become Mayor of Philadelphia, crime is down and the city’s got a global rep. But people in the neighborhoods sometimes say they never see him. So how you see his term and its success depends, largely, on how you feel about Nutter himself. We talked to friends and critics, and took a look at how he’ll be remembered: On crime, on organized labor, and especially in the Department of Licenses and Inspections, here’s our look at Nutter’s legacy.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT KATHLEEN KANE’S SCRIPTED ‘PRESS CONFERENCE’
Kathleen Kane didn’t take questions during a press conference Tuesday in Philadelphia. That didn’t stop reporters from asking them. In the middle of the embattled attorney general’s eight-minute speech at a press conference Tuesday at the National Constitution Center, The (Allentown) Morning Call‘s Steve Esack called out questions, and while Kane briefly paused as she read from her script, she completely ignored the veteran reporter. It was just one surreal moment of many; we thought it would be useful to collect them. Because if all you know about the strange, scripted, stilted affair was what you read in articles, saw on social media or watched on a live stream, you missed plenty.
Holiday tours are underway at the historic homes of Fairmount Park, which are decorated head to toe for Christmas. Decor at the six houses was inspired by "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Where: Fairmount Park
When: December 3, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $5 per house, free parking
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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WORDCAMP US HITS PHILLY
The New York Times, the Rolling Stones, Forbes, Best Buy, TechCrunch and Mashable have at least this in common: Each organization uses WordPress, the content management system that powers around a quarter of the top 10 million sites on the Web. And some of the best and brightest people who build and maintain those sites — around 2,000 of them, users and developers from all over the world — are converging in Philadelphia this weekend for the first-ever WordCamp US conference. Here’s what they’ll be doing, and why.
IS THE SOUTH PHILLY REFINERY HAZARDOUS TO RESIDENTS’ HEALTH?
In Point Breeze, where community gatherings routinely turn into conflicts, a new coalition called Green Justice Philly made their case Tuesday night for awareness and unity around the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, located on the Schuylkill where West Passyunk Avenue ends. Where oil and gas executives and see the potential of an energy hub in Philadelphia, and about 30 South Philly residents who attended the meeting at Tasker Street Baptist Church saw a threat to the health of their community. The meeting was calm — but there were definitely concerns aired.