Newsletter for Wednesday, Feb. 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Back home celebrating, Villanova coach Jay Wright shows a lot more emotion than he did after Monday night’s buzzer-beater (Instagram via @joseph_kaczmarek).
VILLANOVA WILL GET A PARADE IN CENTER CITY — BUT SHOULD IT REALLY?
The Villanova Wildcats are national champions! They are also the first championship team this city has seen in years. In years. So, of course, there is going to be a parade. Confirmed — on Friday at 1 pm, down Market Street, from 20th Street to Dilworth Park in Center City. Is that a good idea or not? Here is a case for, and against.
PHILLY JESUS IS ABOUT TO DROP A HIP-HOP RECORD
Philly Jesus (real name: Mike Grant) doesn’t have a house. He’s been couch-surfing with friends and family. He can’t count the number of people he greets or blesses in a day. He doesn’t have a full-time job; this is his thing. People are welcome to give him donations, and they do, and he gets by. There are “negatives and positives,” but “Jesus went through that too.” When we caught up to the street preacher to ask him about his time as a rapper, he kindly corrected our reporter: He’s never stopped. He’s the “savior of hip hop manifested in the flesh.” And he says he’s got heat coming.
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THE SCARY TRUTH ABOUT AMTRAK: MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING HURT
One year after the worst Amtrak accident in recent history, another Amtrak train crashed Sunday in the Philadelphia area. This time it happened a bit outside of the city, in Chester. Though train accidents are extremely rare — you have a much smaller chance of dying on a train than in a car or even on a ferry boat — Amtrak accidents in Philadelphia and Bucks County and Delaware County went up the last two years after a few years of decreasing totals. And like the rest of the United States, injuries to passengers aboard Amtrak trains have been increasing substantially in Philadelphia. Here’s what might be driving this trend.
MEET THE PHILLY CITY COUNCILMAN WITH A SECRET MARTIAL ARTS PASSION
Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh tried to strangle Billy Penn reporter Anna Orso in his office last week while some of his aides looked on. To be fair, this only happened after she’d tried to stab him with a letter opener. He was attempting to demonstrate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in which he has earned a brown belt — here’s where that passion began.