Newsletter for Wednesday, Jan. 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
With the snow melting, the city sure feels open again (Instagram via @_daveym)
THE NEW YORK TIMES ON WHY AMTRAK 188 DERAILED
On Tuesday, the New York Times Magazine published a story from writer Matthew Shaer that dives deep into the May 2015 crash of Amtrak 188, offering the most detailed portrait yet of what happened in the events leading up to the crash and, importantly, the state of mind of the train’s engineer. It also offers up a number of theories for what might have happened. Sure, speed was factor. But unfortunately for investigators trying to simply to figure out “why,” there still seems to be no smoking gun. Here are six things we learned from the 3,000-word story.
NUTTER DENIES REVOKING SANCTUARY CITY STATUS FOR POLITICAL GAIN
Former Mayor Michael Nutter’s decision to revoke Philly’s sanctuary city status late in his tenure — which Jim Kenney restored — seemed a little odd. Then, last week Nutter was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Immigration rights groups are saying that can’t be a coincidence. Nutter, however, tells Philly.com he didn’t even know this board existed until weeks after his decision and that he doesn’t get paid.”It’s not a job,” he said. “If you got appointed to your PTA, would you call that a job? There’s no compensation.”
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PLAN X: HOW THE STATE DEALS WITH TURNPIKE SHUTDOWNS
This weekend’s blizzard left hundreds of people, including a bus full of Temple athletes, stranded in the middle of Pennsylvania for more than 24 hours in a 100-mile backup on the Turnpike. And while the Turnpike commission is thankful no one was injured and has apologized for their delay, in many ways things went according to plan. “Plan X,” that is. Here’s how the plan works, and why critics want it changed.
WHY ‘EDS AND MEDS’ GOT HUGE IN PHILLY, AND WHAT COULD END THE TREND
Since its inception, you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Eds and Meds’ numerous times to describe Philadelphia’s economy. It’s basically what we’re known for. Our city features more than 15 hospitals and massive research universities like Drexel, Penn and Temple. But do you really know how big this industry is? The last few decades, this sector has been one of the few growing parts of Philadelphia’s economy, and the number of people they employ is probably greater than you’d imagine.