Newsletter for Monday, May 16
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Hey, we found all that Tweety memorabilia your parents made you get rid of. It’s in a Fishtown window. (Instagram via @kaitypaintlive).
CHAKA FATTAH TRIAL STARTS TODAY. HERE’S EVERY SINGLE CHARGE HE FACES
Testimony begins today in the federal trial against Chaka Fattah, and the representative of the Second District of the United States Congress is currently facing 29 criminal counts stemming from an eight-year federal investigation. The congressman steadfastly maintains his innocence. There are basically seven illegal schemes the government says Fattah and his associates perpetrated. We broke down each of the 29 charges faced by Fattah, along with the four others charged.
OLDEST AMTRAK CRASH SURVIVOR: “IT WASN’T AN ACT OF GOD. IT WAS AN ACT OF STUPIDITY”
The National Transportation Safety Board is set to reveal this week the official cause of the Amtrak 188 derailment last May at Frankford Junction. The crash left eight people dead and 200 injured. Aaron Levine is the oldest of the survivors, and the 80-year-old’s road to recovery has been anything but easy, as he detailed in an interview with the Associated Press. Levine spent three weeks in a medically induced coma and considered assisted suicide after the crash crushed his ribs and shoulders, punctured his right lung and left him partially paralyzed. Things have improved for Levine and his wife, also injured in the crash, now that a year has passed.
THIS CHEF THINKS PHILLY RESTAURANTS SHOULD SERVE PIGEON
If your restaurant is called “Hungry Pigeon,” how can you not have pigeon on the menu? You can get the small bird at chef Scott Schroeder’s Fabric Row restaurant, but it was tough for him to find a purveyor, and you won’t find squab (what pigeons are called as food) on many other menus. Hungry Pigeon uses about 20 birds a week, but in order to make it worthwhile for his Lancaster County-based supplier, more restaurants need to serve squab. Here’s the story of Schroeder’s mission to get other Philly chefs to serve one of his favorite dishes.
Sam Adams and chef Peter Woolsey are offering a four-course meal — with four beer pairings — for just $38 per person. Swag giveaways, too. Reservations recommended.
Where: La Peg at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: May 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $38 (+ tax and tip)
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ROOFTOP DRINKING: WHAT’S OPEN NOW AND WHAT’S COMING SOON
The upcoming weekend looks like perfect roofdeck weather (so far). Philly has long been been a bit of a rooftop wasteland, but that’s changing, and the timing couldn’t be better. SkyGarten will open at Three Logan Square next month, as will Tiki in Midtown Village. Le Bok Fin will make a return atop the former Bok High School. So why now? Here’s why Philly rooftop bars about to bloom and where to grab your next drink with a view.
PHOTOS FROM THE DAD VAIL REGATTA
Thousands of student athletes gather in Philly every spring for one of the most prestigious collegiate rowing competitions in the country. Saturday was picture perfect weather for the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River. Drexel University was the overall winner at the 78th annual event. Check out NewsWorks’ photos from the weekend.