Newsletter for Tuesday, Feb. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The media circus is in Norristown right now; Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing starts at 9:30 this morning. (Here’s probably the most important thing to know about that.) Photo via @shaeashe on Instagram.
AMTRAK CRASH DATA DUMP: HOW ENGINEER BRANDON BOSTIAN’S STORY CHANGED
Yesterday, federal investigators released a pile of documents surrounding the crash of Amtrak 188. There’s a lot to absorb; thousands of pages of documents and photos, interviews and minutia. Interestingly, the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, spoke to investigators twice: Once right after the crash, and once six months later. Bostian, who suffered a head injury when the train derailed (the crash would kill eight people and injure dozens more), changed his story during that time. Here’s how.
CHAKA FATTAH VS. HIS CHALLENGERS: WHO’S WINNING THE MONEY WAR?
Incumbent Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah, facing 29 counts of corruption, told a judge a week and a half ago that he was more focused on raising money for his re-election campaign in the 2nd District than for his legal defense. Here’s why: Newly-filed year-end campaign finance paperwork shows the Democrat had less than $6,000 in his coffers as of Dec. 31. Now he’s playing catch-up with every one of his challengers.
Reasons to get up early on a Tuesday: Beer for breakfast! Roll out of bed, pull on your best/worst Hawaiian shirt and head out to Gray Lodge, where the 14th annual celebration of Punxsutawney Phil continues with hula hoops, a dance off and more.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: February 2, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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THESE PHILLY MARCHERS WERE ‘FEELING THE BERN’
While it’s safe to assume Philadelphia will back the Democratic Party nominee regardless of who it is, some Philadelphians are making it known who their preferred candidate is. On Saturday, Jan. 30, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied at City Hall and took to the streets to show their neighbors that they are “feeling the Bern.” We got some photos of their march, days before the Iowa caucuses.
MEET THE WOMAN WHO HELPED IMPROVE HOW PHILLY POLICE HANDLE RAPE
Philadelphia is a model city for how to investigate cases of rape and sexual violence, and each year the Special Victims Unit opens up its case files to be audited by victims’ advocates, a level of access seen in few other cities. It wasn’t always that way — the police commissioner once bemoaned the “god awful” treatment of victims. Meet Carol Tracy, who had a big role in turning things around.