Newsletter for Saturday, January 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
In Germantown, holding together a bullet-riddled window with hope; photo via @ainedoley on Instagram.
EMAIL: MONTCO DA PROMISED NOT TO PROSECUTE COSBY USING CIVIL SUIT
An email uncovered by CNN could derail the criminal case filed against Bill Cosby. In it, former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor tells successor Risa Vetri Ferman of a verbal agreement he brokered to get Cosby to testify in Andrea Constand’s 2005 civil sexual assault case — namely, that he promised the deposition wouldn’t be used in criminal prosecution. Yes, that same deposition that Ferman and current Montco DA Kevin Steele have said was their key evidence when they filed charges against Cosby last December. But, Steele told CNN: “There is a specific legal method to grant immunity. That was not done in 2005.”
BOK FILLS UP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES, ROOFTOP CAFE PLANNED
Over the summer, the action at the old Bok Technical School was on the roof, which hosted a beer garden that was one of the most popular — and polarizing — hotspots in Philadelphia. But direct your gaze these days downstairs, to the building’s first floor, which development company Scout Ltd. has filled up with about 15 companies, from artists to small businesses to nonprofits to a hatmaker. And it all happened through word of mouth.
CAN OBAMA’S GUN RULES SLOW PHILLY’S DEADLY PROBLEM?
President Obama recently announced a slew of new gun regulations he used executive power to institute, including expanded background checks. But in Philadelphia, few people who commit gun homicide bother to get a license — just one person (out of more than 400) in the past two years, according to District Attorney Seth Williams. So can Obama’s moves make a difference here?
ON THE CALENDAR
Instead of letting old electronics clutter up the house or fill up the trash, recycle them through Weaver's Way. "Anything with a plug" is accepted, plus thiings like CDs, hard drives and cameras. Batteries are accepted for $1 a pound.
Where: Norwood-Fontbonne Academy at 8891 Germantown Ave.
When: January 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This Fishtown coffee shop-slash-bar has been serving customers for a while, but hasn't yet formally had a party. It'll include happy hour specials, live music and live dance performances.
Where: Front Street Cafe at 1253 N. Front St. 19122
When: January 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to January 17, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Starting this week and every Sunday going forward, chef Rob Marzinsky is putting out a special curry at this Jules Verne-esque cocktail and taphouse. Pair it with a hoppy draft for $15.
Where: Buckminster's at 1200 S. 21st St.
When: January 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: $15 or pay as you go
Another edition of the prix-fixe promotion from the Center City District kicks off on Sunday, with $35 dinner menus at more than 100 spots. If you go, remember that the folks serving you do this 52 weeks a year, and tip well.
Where: Center City restaurants at Various locations
When: January 17, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. to January 29, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: $35 for a 3+-course dinner