Newsletter for Saturday, November 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
KANE SCANDAL TAKES DOWN A FORMER SUPREME COURT JUDGE
The chaotic tempest surrounding AG Kathleen Kane seems to grow by the day, and the latest government official to be swept away is a former state Supreme Court judge, according to letters obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Barry F. Feudale (couldn’t make up a better name) presided over the grand jury that heard the Sandusky case as well as other big prosecutions, but in 2013, Kane successfully petitioned to have him demoted to “senior judge” status — he had no regular duties, but could be called up when needed. Apparently, Feudale’s response was to start emailing reporters and discuss sending them sensitive materials that would show Kane in a bad light, which the Court cited in its Nov. 12 letter removing him from his position.
BLACK FRIDAY’S BLACK EYES: WHERE POST-THANKSGIVING THEFTS OCCUR IN PHILLY
Sometimes, apparently, the hot deals that come with Black Friday are not hot enough for everybody. In Philadelphia the last three years, 179 thefts have been reported on Black Fridays, according to crime info from Open Data Philly. Where do the most thefts occur? In the areas surrounding big stores (Walmart is a common denominator), in neighborhoods that range from the middle of Center City to out in the Northeast.
USA TODAY CALLS PHILLY ‘THE SADDEST SPORTS CITY IN AMERICA’
Not like we really needed a national news organization to tell us, but USA Today is getting a lot of play with a post describing the sorry state of Philadelphia pro sports right now. The Eagles are an “embarrassment,” the Phillies are a “laughingstock,” the Sixers are “in year 32 of their rebuild” and the Flyers are tied for fewest wins in the NHL. Even the Union finished second-to-last in their MLS conference. As Billy Penn noted last month, the statistics don’t lie: This is on track to be Philly’s official worst sports year ever. But don’t forget, there’s always Temple!
ON THE CALENDAR
It's opening weekend for the brand new 360-degree observation deck in the vaulted pyramid that crests One Liberty Place. Tickets are available via walk-up or online.
Where: One Liberty Observation Deck at 1650 Market St. 19103
When: November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to November 29, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $24 for adults; $19 for kids
Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean we can't keep celebrating decorative gourd season! Get an extra-cool custom carving by the folks at Pumpkin Genie when you hit up opening weekend at RiverRink Winterfest. (They be around noon to 3 on both Sat and Sun.)
Where: Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: November 28, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The impressive holiday model train display is once again on display at the Chestnut Hill public garden, and the grand opening ceremonies include special crafts for kids.
Where: Morris Arboretum at 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 19118
When: November 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
How much: $16 for adults; $8 for kids
If you think cute little wooden shacks filled with cute little gifts are made even better by marching bands and horse-drawn carriages, get thee to Love Park for the grand opening ceremonies of this year's Christmas Village (and plenty of shopping, eating and drinking after).
Where: Christmas Village at 15th and JFK Blvd. 19102
When: November 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday; if you really care about your city, you'll save most of your Thanksgiving weekend shopping for local small businesses. There are specials all over the city, from East Passyunk to Manayunk to Midtown Village.
Where: Small businesses at all over the city
When: November 28, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go, with lots of deals