Newsletter for Monday, Sept. 19
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Channel this kid’s wonderment next time your SEPTA commute has you down (Instagram via @lyronnagrams)
PHILLY’S POLICE UNION ENDORSES DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT
Donald Trump will need all the help he can get from unions to win Pennsylvania in the November election. And he has a new friend in Philly’s Fraternal Order of Police. President John McNesby confirmed in an email to Billy Penn the Philly lodge would follow the lead of the national police union, which announced its endorsement of Trump Friday. McNesby excoriated Hillary Clinton over the summer for featuring DNC speakers related to black men killed by police, but not any speakers related to officers were killed on duty. As McNesby promised in that open letter, Clinton’s move was one police unions “will not soon forget.”
NOTORIOUS PHILLY NARCO COP IS MAKING DRUG ARRESTS AGAIN
A Philly cop acquitted by a federal jury on charges that he and five fellow officers beat drug suspects, stole money from them, and then filed false police reports apparently used a confidential informant to make a drug arrest in June. Sgt. Michael Spicer, one of six Philadelphia police officers acquitted last year on federal corruption charges, arrested 25 year-old George Jones in June for alleged drug and gun possession. Here’s how we found out.
WHY YOU DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT A PA REP’S FELONY CONVICTION
Surprise! Pa. Rep. Leslie Acosta, a Democrat representing parts of North Philadelphia, is a convicted felon. Acosta, who was first elected in 2014 and faces zero opposition in the upcoming election, pleaded guilty in March for her involvement in an embezzlement scheme at the Fairhill mental health clinic where she used to work. Philly.com revealed the news over the weekend, including the fact that federal prosecutors “have not announced the conviction” of conspiring to commit money laundering. This being Philadelphia politics, there’s quite a back story here, and yes, it involved the Tartaglione family. Acosta will be sentenced in January.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF ‘MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’ WITH JON GRUDEN
The Eagles will take on the Bears in Chicago tonight for Monday Night Football. Look back enough in Eagles history and you’ll find Jon Gruden, the offensive coordinator for the team in the mid-’90s. But for the better part of a decade, Gruden has been ESPN’s color analyst for Monday Night Football. Last week our sister site in Pittsburgh, The Incline, went behind the scenes of MNF. They were there as Gruden prepped for the show, keeping the mood light during pre-broadcast meetings and often slipping back into coach mode. Check out how MNF is produced, and how Gruden plays a key role.
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 a.m. to September 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
How much: $15, $25 or $35 per person
BILLY PENN LIKES
80 PEOPLE RODE BIKES THROUGH PHILLY FOR TACOS
Saturday was the fifth annual Tour de Taco bike ride, officially known as TDT V: The Life of Taco (note the Kanye reference). People came from all over to participate. There were folks from South Jersey and Ambler, but also from Kentucky, New Orleans and even England. After an unexpected media blitz threatened to detail the 2015 ride, this year’s event was invite-only. Here’s what happened when 80 people rode bikes for six hours to eat 480 tacos from eight taquerias.
IT TOOK ALL SEASON, BUT THE PHILLES BEAT THE VEGAS ODDS
The Phillies lost to the Marlins on Sunday, but they were victorious on Saturday night, giving them 67 wins this season. Why is that significant? It isn’t! Except, in Vegas. The over/under on wins for the Phils in Las Vegas was 66 back in April, a mark they passed with 13 games to play. It’s been a positive year, and GM Matt Klentak thinks the future is very bright.