Newsletter for Friday, Dec. 11
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Happy Hanukkah, from Rittenhouse Square; photo via @iamtieshkasmith on Instagram.
DAY 1 OF GAY-BASHING TRIAL: NEW VIDEOS, AND ANOTHER WOMAN
Philadelphia jurors saw five previously unreleased videos Thursday — blurry cell phone footage captured the night a group of people attacked a gay couple in Center City more than a year ago. One shows a woman presumed to be Kathryn G. Knott, 25, of Bucks County, wearing a white dress and standing near an argument that turned ugly. Another shows her rushing toward a group of people where one of the men was being brutally beaten. Thursday marked the first day of testimony in the case against Knott, charged in connection with the Center City gay-bashing incident that happened more than a year ago. We were in the courtroom yesterday while the videos were shown and one of the victims testified; here’s what happened.
PARTY IN NYC: WHAT THIS WEEKEND’S PA SOCIETY IS ALL ABOUT
The Pennsylvania Society can be every bit as luxurious and decadent as the Manhattan Waldorf Astoria hotel where it takes place every year. The dress code is black tie for many of the events, and parties last until late in the night when any number of people might show up, Pennsylvania or otherwise. Recent guests have included Joe Biden and Bill de Blasio. Over a century ago Winston Churchill made an appearance. It’s basically a huge party; here’s what you need to know about it.
SUPPORTERS LOVE KATHLEEN KANE’S WAR ON PA’S ‘CRETINS’
Yes, she’s been indicted. OK, her law license is suspended. Sure, she’s facing impeachment. That doesn’t mean Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane isn’t something of an imperfect feminist icon. In fact, female leaders across the state — including Tom Wolf’s former chief of staff, current U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty — say feminists should pay attention to the fight she’s waging on behalf of women. Here’s why.
The Punk Rock Flea Market is back, and it's a three-day event. More than 700 vendors will be selling pretty much anything you can imagine.
Where: Punk Rock Flea Market Dome at 461 N. 9th St. 19123
When: December 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $3 admission, the pay as you go
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WHY THE ‘NO PROPERTY TAX’ MOVEMENT ISN’T GOING AWAY
What if the way most Pennsylvania public schools bring in cash just… went away? Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been trying just that for years: Scrapping the state’s property tax and replacing the more-than-$13 billion it generates with higher tax rates on sales and personal income. You’d pay more in taxes out of your paycheck and when you buy things. But you’ll get a huge break if you own a home or a business. Last month, this plan only failed in the state Senate by a tiebreaker vote — which guarantees it’ll be back.
COMING SOON: THE BILLY PENN / KNIGHT FDN GUIDE TO MOBILE NEWS
News develops in real time. So should the guides that journalists turn to when they look to revamp their coverage and update best practices. We at Billy Penn are excited to share our effort to create an interactive, real-time mobile journalism guide that newsrooms can use to keep up with mobile storytelling trends. This guide, made possible by a $106,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, can help news sites navigate content, design and engagement opportunities on mobile platforms. Here’s what to expect when we unveil it this spring.