Newsletter for Friday, Feb. 26
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Looks like Punxsutawney Phil was right about an early spring; photo via @katintherat on Instagram.
NO DEAL ALLOWED FOR PORNY SUPREME COURT JUDGE
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin apparently thought he had this all figured out. Eakin, who’s come under fire as part of the Porngate scandal for apparently sending and receiving some salacious emails, faces ethics charges and had apparently reached a deal with his accusers. The Inquirer reports the agreement would have involved Eakin admitting to violating ethics rules but he would not have been removed from the bench. Unfortunately for him, the Court of Judicial Discipline said it wouldn’t accept a deal and the case against Eakin will move forward. That likely means a public airing of all the details.
JIM KENNEY’S BIG PLAN TO FUND PARKS, REC CENTERS AND LIBRARIES
In what could become the biggest initiative of his first term, Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to outline plans next week to invest some half a billion dollars in sprucing up parks, recreation centers and libraries in neighborhoods across the city. According to PlanPhilly, that plan will include the mayor asking for the city to sell $300 million worth of bonds. In case you haven’t noticed, some of these community centers across the city are in desperate need of TLC, specifically rec centers — some of them have been neglected for decades.
After making the film festival rounds to great acclaim, "King Georges," which documents the last days of Le Bec-Fin and co-stars Laurel's Nicholas Elmi, finally lands in Philly.
Where: PFS Roxy Theater at 2023 Sansom St. 19103
When: February 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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SMALL TOWN, HUH? THE TIES THAT BIND THE PLAYERS IN THE COSBY CASE
Montgomery County may be the third-largest county in Pennsylvania, but connections between the lawyers, the judge and Bill Cosby are making it seem like a small town. On the periphery of a sexual assault case concerning what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand, there are former political battles, ruined friendships and even a legal relationship between the father of the former District Attorney and Bill Cosby.
THE LIFE-SAVING HEROIN ANTIDOTE ONLY 15% OF PHILLY COPS CARRY
You might have seen a video of 25-year-old Michael Meeney shooting up heroin on your Facebook feed this week. He’s one of 185 “saves” made in Delaware County by police since local officials doled out Narcan, a heroin overdose antidote, to cops in 2014. But that’s not the case here in Philly. Though officials said for a year that officers would be equipped with doses of Narcan for calls of opioid overdose, just 1,005 police officers in the city have it, representing about 15 percent of the overall police force.