Newsletter for Friday, May 29 sponsored by the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
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The sun over Philly’s skyline in silhouette; photo via @jamestgreyiv on Instagram.
ACQUITTED NARCO COPS TO LEAD BROAD STREET PARADE? NO.
After six Philadelphia narcotics police officers were acquitted on charges of corruption, one of their lawyers — Jimmy Binns — had an idea. Let these police officers lead a parade down Broad Street. Specifically, the daredevil motorcycle event the Hero Thrill Show, in October. Other grand marshals have included Sylvester Stallone. Binns (the event’s president and CEO) was fresh off his clients’ court win, and in a position to make it happen. Word broke on The Big Trial blog. Actual Binns quote: “These heroes have been vilified in the press and it’s time that they were recognized as the heroes they are… I don’t see how any reasonable fair-minded individual could have the slightest doubt about their innocence if you were there and heard the testimony.” Only lots of reasonable, fair-minded individuals were super pissed at the idea. After all, the cops are still fighting for their jobs, and in legal hot water. So this morning, The Inquirer notes, the plan for the officers to lead the parade is a no-go.
GUNSHOTS? FIREWORKS? POLICE GET CALLS EVERY SINGLE YEAR
Memorial Day just wrapped up, Fourth of July is around the corner and it’s officially that time of year when everyone hears fireworks… and immediately the police get flooded with calls because they sound like gunshots. It’s very much a thing. So what do the police do? They respond… every time. But a new system may mean they won’t have to.
INKY REPORTER BLASTS PROMISE TO PUBLISH IN CASE OF STRIKE
The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com employees, represented by the Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia, are locked in contract negotiations with company management over issues like health care costs and employee seniority provisions. While labor talks have been extended, the Guild plans a strike authorization vote next week; yesterday, PMN spokesperson Amy Buckman wrote that in the event of a strike, the company was still planning to publish its products. Inquirer reporter Barbara Boyer penned this open letter to Buckman, and gave Billy Penn permission to publish it.
TO DO: SEE SCULPTURES FROM EMERGING ARTISTS
WHAT: ‘5 into 1’, featuring sculptures by graduating college students of 5 area colleges
WHERE: The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway
WHEN: Presentation at 6 PM, reception at 7
HOW MUCH: Free
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THE BIG PHILLY-AREA AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE
Now that summer has arrived, the idea of hopping into a car that speeds around curves at 50 mph-plus and climbs higher than 100 feet suddenly seems like a good one. In Philadelphia, we don’t have any amusement parks. But you’re not out of luck. Several beckon in the region, the state and across the river in New Jersey. Even better, these parks feature some of the best-known rides and attractions, full stop, from an obscure haunted mansion to the fastest, tallest roller coaster in the world to delicious park food. Here’s a handy pocket guide to Philadelphia-area amusement parks.
WHY THERE WON’T BE BELGIAN BREW AT PHILLY BEER WEEK
Sometimes, prayers go unanswered. That’s how brewmasters John Stemler (Free Will) and Jef Janssens (Hof ten Dormaal) must have felt Wednesday morning, when they discovered the entire shipment of their limited-edition collaboration beer had been destroyed in transit across the Atlantic. For the first time since the program started in 2012, there will be no special “Philly goes to Belgium” brew served at Philly Beer Week.