Newsletter for Tuesday, Sept. 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Rows of portable toilets are sprinkled liberally all over Philadelphia, like these via @haywire69 on Instagram.
PPA HANGS WRONG POPE TOWING SIGNS, ARE NO CARS SAFE?
What a heart-stopper yesterday: The PPA hung signs that indicated it would start towing cars out of the Pope Zones ahead of schedule. Despite maps released by the city last week that show towing wasn’t scheduled to begin in Old City until Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., signs showed up all over the neighborhood announcing that towing would be taking place starting at 9 a.m. Monday. And the PPA won’t say why. We’ll be covering this and keeping our eye on a ton of other Pope things through the weekend; if you want the latest, we’ll email you with updates if you follow our story.
HOW THE NATIONAL GUARD TRAINED IN CASE POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT GOES WRONG
The Pennsylvania National Guard is ready to serve during Pope Francis’ visit — to the point of an exercise called “Iron Response,” a late-August training that simulated temporary martial law. The state Guard and Air National Guard are working with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on a task force that will support federal agencies in the event of a catastrophe. In such a case, the Department of Homeland Security can declare a state of emergency, which suspends normal civil law. Here’s what they practiced for, and what they’ll be doing in Philly this week.
KATHLEEN KANE’S LAW LICENSE SUSPENDED
The chief law enforcement officer of Pennsylvania’s license to practice law has been suspended. The state Supreme Court ruled 5-0 to suspend Kathleen Kane’s license — but it made sure to note that it was not ruling to remove her from office. Kane’s office, of course, is planning to appeal the decision; the state Constitution mandates that its Attorney General be able to, you know, do the legal things.
In honor of/preparation for the Pope's visit to Philly this weekend, we're hosting a papal beer tasting. Get a flight of 4, or a flight of 8 with a pint glass.
Where: The P.O.P.E. at 1501 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: September 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15-$25
BILLY PENN LIKES
VIDEO: RAMSEY ON BLACK LIVES MATTER IN A BARBERSHOP
Philadelphia Police commissioner Charles Ramsey made what were probably his most candid remarks to date about issues surrounding police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement and how it relates to prison reform. While apparently getting his hair trimmed, Ramsey spoke last week to listeners at a local barbershop about how, yes, there are dirty cops out there. But he said that at the end of the year, “you’re still going to have 10,000 black people dead in this country.” Watch the video and read his full comments here.
MEET THE 6 FOOT 8, TATTOOED HARVARD GRAD RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE
John Fetterman’s story is the stuff of movies. Born to teenage parents, he ended up at Harvard studying public policy. He moved to a small steel town in western, Pa., became mayor of said small steel town after winning by one vote. Reformed it. Changed it. And he wore a Dickies work shirt and sneakers the whole time. Now he’s running for United States Senate, and last week he sat down with Billy Penn to talk about why.