Newsletter for Friday, March 25
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Warm March days = yoga along Kelly Drive; photo via @lexilucia13 on Instagram.
SEPTA’S DIGITAL PAYMENT SYSTEM DELAYED ONCE AGAIN
You were supposed to be able to throw out your SEPTA tokens and pay for public transportation with a new digital payment system two years ago. Then it was supposed to be ready last year. And this time, the SEPTA Key system has been delayed once again. Jeffrey Knueppel, the transpo network’s general manager, told PlanPhilly that a launch decision will be made April 15 and, if all goes well, the Key could launch in six weeks by early June. If not, there’s no telling how long it’ll be until this thing they’ve been working on since 2007 actually gets off the ground.
STATE SUPREMES GET PHILLY GRANDMOM’S CIVIL FORFEITURE CASE
The house on the northwest corner of 62nd and Osage is one of those modest rowhomes that you’ll find all over Philly. The home, together with a 1997 Chevy Venture, has been the center of a four-year legal battle. The DA’s office had taken the home through civil asset forfeiture. Elizabeth Young, a retired Amtrak veteran who bought the corner house in the 1970s, lost her home after her son Donald Graham was charged with drug possession and trafficking. Here’s what both sides are saying about the case, and how it fits into a bigger narrative of these types of seizures across the city and the nation.
|What||Grab the new issue and cheap drinks. Andy Molholt from Laser Background will do a solo show, drafts are 1/2 price and Tecate and tequila citywides are $6. Bean tacos are $1 and veggie, beef or chicken tacos are $2.|
|Where||Ortleib's at 847 N 3rd Street|
|When||March 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE SWEET 16 AND THE RIGHTS OF PLAYERS WHO MAKE IT MILLIONS
The NCAA Regional games, three of which will be played this weekend in Philadelphia, won’t be about the athletes. These March Madness games never are. They’re about the NCAA and the nearly $1 billion the organization makes annually from the tournament’s television rights. They’re about the schools, which jockey for a share of a pot worth about $220 million called “the basketball fund.” Almost nothing will trickle down to the labor: The players who wear their jerseys, play, win, lose and get injured. And a conference is underway at Drexel University to find out why, and maybe change things.
WHO’S NEXT: 17 COMMUNITY LEADERS IN PHILADELPHIA
Every community in Philadelphia has leaders who make the neighborhood work. But some of the young people spending time every day in an effort to improve what’s around them stand above the rest of the crowd — and they all do different types of work. Welcome to this month’s edition of Who’s Next, a feature we at Billy Penn use to highlight some of the most dynamic under-40 leaders in Philadelphia. This month we’re spotlighting community leaders.