Newsletter for Thursday, May 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Divine Lorraine developers welcomed the public to have a look inside. So, cuteness like this happened last night. (Instagram via sarimarissa)
ORI FEIBUSH WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON
The jury sided with South Philly developer Ori Feibush Tuesday, awarding him $34,000 in damages. On its face, the case boils down to whether Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s blocking Feibush from buying two vacant lots in 2014 was an abuse of power. But the case could have a larger impact on councilmanic prerogative— that’s what Johnson exercised to stop the sale; it gives City Council members the privilege to intervene in real estate transactions in their districts. According to Philly Mag, whether the case will actually put a damper on councilmanic prerogative remains to be seen. But Johnson has already reacted like it might: “The verdict may compromise a city legislature’s ability to properly represent the people who elected them,” he commented in a statement.
IT’S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE AMTRAK 188 DERAILED IN PHILLY
Eight dead. Dozens injured. Hundreds traumatized. It’s been a year since Amtrak 188 flew off the rails at the Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, rocking those on board and leaving the nation grieving for eight people who died in the crash. No one has been criminally charged, despite the train engineer changing his story multiple times. Sure, speed was a factor in the crash. But we have yet to learn what really caused the tragic derailment. Since the accident, Amtrak has installed technology that experts said would have prevented the crash from occurring when it did. But the scary truth about Amtrak crashes around Philly? More people are getting hurt.
FACT CHECK: THE DAILY NEWS’ CLAIM THAT IT’S NOT A GROCERY TAX
Last month, the Daily News criticized the linking of the soda tax to a grocery tax in an editorial titled “Soda tax would benefit kids, which is why we support it.” After discussing the anti soda tax group’s ads’ insistence on referring to the tax as a grocery tax, the editorial read, “If you don’t buy cigarettes at your local supermarket, your grocery bill won’t go up a dime. The same is true of the sugary drink tax. If passed, you can avoid paying the tax by not buying sugary drinks.” Their criticism of the phrase “grocery tax” has been one of many. But will the prices of groceries be untouched by the proposed soda tax? Or is there a possibility grocery bills could increase even if consumers stop buying soda? Here’s what we found.
|What||This docudrama about the events surrounding the unarmed high school student's death by shooting makes its world premiere on North Broad with an all-Philly cast.|
|Where||New Freedom Theatre at 1346 N. Broad St.|
|When||May 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm|
|How much||$20 and up|
BILLY PENN LIKES
GIANT WATER SLIDE IS COMING TO PHILADELPHIA THIS SUMMER
You’re going to want to mark your calendar for this one. On August 6, a Fairmount Park-area street will be transformed into a massive water slide thanks to Slide the City, which announced it’s bringing its summertime block party tour to Philadelphia. For $10, you can register as early as next week (and you’re going to want to get in on this early) to slip ‘n slide a thousand feet down Sedgley Drive, just west of Fairmount and on the eastern side of the Schuylkill River. Here’s what you need to know.
WHY THIS A-LIST MODERN DANCE DIRECTOR LOVES PHILLY AUDIENCES
For the past 35 years, MOMIX has dazzled theatergoers with inventive ideas that come to life through the sheer physicality of its dancers. Under the direction of Moses Pendleton, the Connecticut-based company has extended its tremendous success from the stage to both film and television. Now MOMIX is bringing its newest show to Philly — a town, Pendleton explains, that’s perfect for the shows he’s developed.