Next Tuesday is the citywide primary for Philadelphia district attorney, city controller and a number of judicial positions. The race for district attorney has gotten by far the most attention, largely because it’s wide open and several candidates have attempted to nationalize the race. Seven Democrats are running to replace District Attorney Seth Williams, the two-term DA now under federal indictment, who had 29 more criminal corruption charges dropped on him yesterday. There’s been no public polling, and there’s no clear frontrunner for his replacement. So... vote! And in case you haven't yet decided who to vote for, here's your procrastinator’s guide to every candidate.
Temple and Penn students both saw fliers for hate groups on their campuses this semester. These incidents are part of a nationwide trend: White supremacist groups are targeting universities for their recruitment drives. The rise of recruitment began with Trump’s win, but also provides a window into the on-the-ground tactics of internet-powered hate groups. Here are more details on what’s happened at local colleges so far, and why white supremacists consider college bulletin boards key.
In May 2015, Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was operating the train that sped into a curve at 106 mph and crashed in Philadelphia en route to New York. Eight people died, and 200 people were injured. He learned Tuesday he will not face charges. And despite a federal authority blaming Bostian, it's unlikely the Philly DA's office would have even known how to prosecute such a complicated case. This decision is two years in the making. Catch up on all the details of the Amtrak 188 crash here.
Speaking of Election Day, you how there's always a Democratic City Committee person handing out a piece of paper explaining their endorsements? Well, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a similar plan. It will have volunteers handing out literature explaining the judges they recommend next Tuesday. Several judges endorsed by the City Committee are not approved by the Bar, so some of its picks will run in opposition to the party's.
Survival of the fittest, and all that, but apparently Charles Darwin also had a sister theory — he called it "the taste for the beautiful" — that said sometimes, creatures chose mates just for the pure beauty or pleasure of it. Brilliant bird plumage may be an example of this, and Yale ornithology prof Richard Prum will discuss his new book on the topic at this annual lecture. Free registration required.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: May 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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Chooch is back! The Phillies held a 9-5 lead over the Mariners after four innings Tuesday, but lost 10-9, their ninth loss in the last 11 games. Carlos Ruiz didn't start for Seattle, but he did get a chance to pinch hit in the 8th inning with the game tied 9-9. Chooch received his second standing ovation of the night before flying out. With Ruiz returning this week, we looked at the entire 2008 World Series roster and how they've fared when facing the Phillies. Rollins, Utley, Werth...Happ. Who has done the best?
Joining Target and PetSmart at the new Broad and Washington development in South Philly, among other things, is Sprouts. The Phoenix-based grocer focused on natural and organic foods plans to open a spot at "Lincoln Square" — the food company's first Northeast location. Sprouts will also take over the spot Macy's had in the Moorestown Mall.