Major difference between the storm that hit last weekend and the one on tap for tonight? Some warning as to the intensity of what might happen. Forecasters are again calling for high winds and, this time, lots of wet, heavy snow. Projections vary, but even conservative estimates put Philly at 4 to 6 inches of accumulation, with more extreme predictions calling for more than a foot. When the usually dry National Weather Service advisory includes a line like, "Wednesday may be a good day to just stay home and be safe" — well, might want to make plans to follow that advice. A warning is currently in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday through 3 a.m. Thursday.
On Monday, Bob Fernandez reported for PMN that Comcast Spectacor, the cable giant's division that owns the Wells Fargo Center, is planning a $250 million renovation of the South Philly stadium. Opened in 1996, the arena will be modified piecemeal over the next three summers, adding premium court-side seating and adding concessions. The slow upgrade — as opposed to construction of a new, modern facility — wasn't loved by all the pro athletes who play there. Said Sixers center Joel Embiid on Twitter: "Just build a new one."
In Norristown, hearings have begun in advance of Bill Cosby's retrial — scheduled for this April after a hung jury was unable to reach a verdict in the first sexual assault trial for the famed comedian, accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. This time around, prosecutors are looking to call 19 other women who've had similar experiences, showing a pattern that lasted over many years. But the going will be slow, because Cosby's lawyers are doing everything they can to keep him out of court. On the first day in session, Bobby Allen reports for WHYY, Montco Judge Steven O'Neill denied two attempts by his legal team to have the case tossed entirely.
- Lots of internal news this week: Mónica joined the team, and on Wednesday she and Michaela will go through official PolitiFact training so we can get back to calling out pols with "pants on fire" ratings on the Truth-o-Meter (or just unpacking less obvious misstatements).
- Danya has been officially named editor of Billy Penn, with the "acting" modifier removed from her title. Spirited Media founder and CEO Jim Brady announced the change in a post on the site Monday.
- Stay tuned for the call for nominations for our latest Who's Next class — Public Service. It'll be up by the end of this week, and we're looking forward to hearing about all the great young Philly leaders in that important sector.
Elizabeth LaBan often sets her novels in Philadelphia. That made for an interesting guessing game for readers of The Restaurant Critic's Wife as to which dining experiences were based on real encounters with her husband, Inquirer critic Craig LaBan. The city again plays a role in Not Perfect, her newest book. She'll discuss it for an audience at the library in Rittenhouse Square.
Where: Philadelphia City Institute Library at 1905 Locust St., 19103
When: March 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: Free