Newsletter for Wednesday, May 18
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THE SIXERS WIN SOMETHING (!): THE NO. 1 PICK
Hail Hinkie! The Process finally worked. Three years of horrible basketball and development for the future has paid off with the top pick in the NBA Draft. Now comes the hard part. Who will the Sixers take? The choice will likely be between LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. The last time the Sixers had the top pick was in 1996, when they selected Allen Iverson. They’ll certainly hope this No. 1 becomes as successful.
AMTRAK 188 CASE SPEEDS INTO COURT WITH RULING BLAMING ENGINEER
The engineer of Amtrak’s train 188 was probably distracted by his radio and sped up into the curve at Frankford Junction, according to the results of a yearlong investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The emphasis should be on the word “probably,” though. Because in issuing its final report on the incident, the NTSB was unable to identify any other causes that would have made sense. Bostian — so far uncharged by officials in the wake of the crash, which killed eight and injured 200 — was well-respected by his peers, had never faced discipline for performance issues and considered operating trains a dream job. But the placing of blame on him opens the door for criminal charges, not to mention a lot of lawsuits.
WHY THAT COOL 1000-FOOT WATER SLIDE WON’T COME TO PHILLY
That giant water slide scheduled to be set up in the Fairmount Park area in August is no more. A spokeswoman for the mayor’s administration said the city will not issue a permit to Slide the City, the national company that wanted to bring the quarter-mile-long event to Philadelphia. The group sought a permit to operate on Aug. 6 in the Fairmount area and gathered a waiting list of 25,000 people who wanted to purchase tickets. But there was a problem. They made their big announcement last week before they had received official permission from the city.
U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows joins author Erin Souza-Rezendes and 6ABC anchor Tamala Edwards to talk about a relevant topic: What women need to do to succeed in elected office.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1701 Vine St. 19103
When: May 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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PAT TOOMEY VS. PHILLY? NEW STRATEGY TARGETS MCGINTY
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey’s latest strategy for beating his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty? Tie her to Philadelphia. For the last week, Toomey and his campaign have, on several occasions, used the Twitter hashtag #PhillyMcGinty when referring to the Democrat, specifically noting her support for Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia’s status as a sanctuary city. It didn’t go over so well once Philadelphia (specifically Philadelphia Democrats) caught wind of the campaign’s newest hashtag.
WHAT HAPPENED TO DUIs WHEN UBERX LAUNCHED HERE
Uber is controversial, but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that the ride-sharing service takes drunken drivers off the roads. This isn’t just the ride-sharing service blowing smoke. While Uber has shared anecdotal evidence and its own study showing a decline in DUI arrests because of Uber, two Temple University professors added legitimacy to the company’s claims last year by finding alcohol-related car crashes dropped by as much as 5.6 percent in California cities following the entrance of UberX. In 2015, after a late October 2014 launch of UberX, Philadelphia experienced its first full year of the service. And instead of going down, drunken driving numbers went… up. Way up.