SEPTA STRIKE SNARLS REGIONAL RAIL TOO, UNTIL COURTS STEP IN
Philly’s Tuesday evening rush hour began with an email from SEPTA to Regional Rail passengers: “We are recommending passengers seek alternative modes of travel.” Though RR is SEPTA’s only system operating in full during the strike that went into effect Tuesday morning, Transit Workers Union members managed to shut at least some of those down too by picketing on the rail tracks, creating delays and stoppages on the train lines as early as 4 p.m. SEPTA went to court and won an injunction to stop that, but delays continued and public transportation in the city remained at a standstill. And it ain’t over yet: SEPTA sent a new proposal to its workers last night, but they seemed unimpressed. In a statement, the transit authority said both sides “continue to make steady progress in the effort to reach an agreement on a new contract.” Translation? Gonna suck again today. Use our survival guide for tips on alternative modes of transportation, and this guide if you’re biking in the city for the first time. You can also click “follow this” to receive up-to-the-minute strike updates in your inbox.
BILL COSBY BACK IN COURT TODAY, ARGUING HE’S THE VICTIM OF BIAS
Comedian Bill Cosby will be back in a Montgomery County courtroom today as his attorneys are expected to argue over two issues: 1. They say his right to due process was violated by racial bias and a delay in bringing charges and 2. Whether or not prosecutors should be allowed to call 13 other accusers to testify against him. Tuesday in court, his attorneys attempted to throw out a decade-old deposition Cosby gave in which he admitted to giving women drugs and then having sex with them. The judge hasn’t ruled on any of the pre-trial issues as of yet. Follow along here for updates.
A PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO THE 2016 PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION
Hey, so we have just six days to go ’til the election. Do you know who you’re voting for? Did you know there are other people on the ballot besides the presidential candidates? Pennsylvanians have some pretty important decisions to make on Nov. 8. We’re here to help. Use our procrastinator’s guide to find your polling place, see who’s on the ballot and get a sense of the big issues.
|What||Bring a book to be donated to West Philly's Mighty Writers and you'll score a pint of an unusual and special beer for your trouble. Then stick around and have pizza, why not. #phillysteady|
|Where||Dock Street Brewery at 701 S. 50th St. 19143|
|When||November 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.|
|How much||Free / pay as you go|
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KATY PERRY WILL PERFORM A FREE CONCERT AT THE MANN SATURDAY WITH HILLZ
It’s time to save your seat if you want to watch a free Katy Perry concert Saturday. Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Tuesday that the candidate would join the pop star on stage for a performance at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 5. The concert was announced in mid-October as part of Clinton’s Get Out The Vote efforts, but the press release left out timing and location information. The performance is part of Perry’s “Love Trumps Hate” concert series.
WE TURNED PHILLY POLITICS INTO A LITERAL GAME
Speaking of Election Day, make sure you come to our party after you vote. We’ll have the new QC Malt beverages and a three-course meal from Samwich. You can also play Candidate Land, our playable Philly politics explainer. It’s modeled after Candy Land and features your (least?) fave city politicians and the highs and lows that come with running for office in Philly. The party’s free! Get details and register here.