Newsletter for Wednesday, Sept. 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Joe Biden was all smiles at Drexel yesterday (Instagram via @graciemellor)
STUDENT SUES PENN OVER ‘SHAM’ RAPE INVESTIGATION
A Penn senior identified as John Doe has sued the university, claiming the university’s investigation of a rape allegation brought against him by a woman Penn student has been unfair and tainted with racism. The man is black and the woman is white, according to the lawsuit. According to a court filing from Penn Monday, the investigation has yet to conclude. Penn countered that “irreparable harm” cannot be done if the outcome is unknown. The alleged rape occurred in June, and police searched the man’s apartment the next day. The Inquirer noted that from the court filings it is unclear whether any charges were pursued. In recent years, similar lawsuits have been brought up by men accused of rape at Swarthmore, St. Joseph’s and Philadelphia University.
THE INSIDE STORY OF PATRICK KERKSTRA’S PHILLY MAG EXIT
Philadelphia magazine editor Patrick Kerkstra confirmed that he was ousted Tuesday, after what he termed management’s “strategic retreat” from his signature priority: Increasing the magazine’s original online content. “I went in in January thinking we were going to really commit in a major way to doing news online in a daily fashion, less aggregation, more original reporting. That is something that for business reasons the outlet has retreated from a little bit,” Kerkstra told Billy Penn. “I couldn’t endorse that decision. It felt like we wanted different things from the outlet.” Here’s how the staff — and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists — reacted.
BIDEN IN PHILLY ON TRUMP VS. CLINTON: ‘WHAT IN THE HELL?’
Vice President Joe Biden says he’s known in Washington as “Middle Class Joe,” a man of the people. So he felt comfortable dropping dozens of zingers aimed straight at Donald Trump Tuesday in Philly. Biden was stumping for Hillary Clinton at Drexel’s Great Court space just hours after she wrapped up her first presidential debate against Trump. And after entering the stage saying “I’m Joe Biden and I work for Hillary Clinton” and throwing out a quick shoutout to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, he took aim at Trump’s debate performance.
WHO PAID FOR THE DNC IN PHILLY?
In addition to super PACs and massive politically-affiliated groups, the Democratic National Convention was bankrolled largely by unions, Silicon Valley, large Philadelphia-based corporations and the federal government. Scores of donors who contributed to the Democratic National Convention were disclosed Monday night just before the first presidential debate got underway. Here’s some highlights from the data.
|What||We're in the middle of Manayunk Restaurant Week, which runs through Sept. 30. The neighborhood's best restaurants are offering a variety of three-course meals, priced at just at $15, $25 or $35 per person. Get yourself to the historic area along the Schuylkill River and enjoy!|
|Where||Lots of restaurants at various locations around Manayunk|
|When||September 19, 2016 at 11:00 am to September 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm|
|How much||$15, $25 or $35 per person|
|What||It's been five years since food trucks started posting up outside the train station, where there are now tables, umbrellas and giant swings. Street Food Philly, Taco Mondo and Say Cheese will be there, plus a DJ spinning tunes.|
|Where||The Porch at 30th Street Station at 2955 Market St. 19104|
|When||September 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go; $5 specials|
BILLY PENN LIKES
WAY MORE PEOPLE WATCHED TRUMP/CLINTON THAN THE ’08 WORLD SERIES
Almost as many households in Philadelphia watched Monday night’s Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate as watched the Eagles’ last Super Bowl. The local overnight Nielsen rating for Philadelphia was 53.4, meaning 53.4 percent of TV households in Philadelphia were tuned into the debate. That number ranked third in the country, behind only New York City and Fort Myers, Fla. One ratings point in the Philadelphia region translates to about 30,000 TV households. So about 1.6 million households in the region were tuned into the debate. Here’s how that stacked up against the 2008 World Series.
WHAT’RE YOU DOING SUNDAY? HOW ABOUT OUR SCAVENGER HUNT? GET TICKETS
It only costs $5 per person, and you can team up with one, two or three friends. Bonus: free food and drink.
WHY PHILLY CITY COUNCIL CAN’T EVER START ON TIME
City Council meetings can be a lot of things — contentious, entertaining, boring, unruly, pedantic. One thing they usually are not is on time. According to rules of City Council, the weekly meeting is supposed to start on Thursdays at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted, and the listing for the meeting, the one members of the public can view online, shows the starting time as 10. At least nine of 17 of Council members must be present for the meeting to start. And for the last few years Council has rarely made its scheduled time. Here’s what we learned about why.