YEP, OUR COMMUTES ARE STILL TERRIBLE
Welcome to Day Three of the TWU Local 234 strike. Philly’s buses, trolleys and subways still aren’t running. Regional Rail is operating, but experiencing overcrowding and delays. While representatives from both the union and management had been giving optimistic comments about the bargaining process, late Wednesday, SEPTA Chair Pasquale Deon, Sr. released a statement that showed deep frustration. “SEPTA negotiators have been working tirelessly to get a deal done, and we’re asking TWU leadership to do the same—for the sake of their members, and the people who rely on them every day to safely get them where they need to go,” Deon wrote. A union rep told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the statement came literally while negotiators were at the table. U.S. Congressman Bob Brady seemed genuinely surprised at Deon’s release. Sign up to get strike updates delivered directly to your inbox and stay in the know about things like where to work when you can’t get to work.
DISPATCHES FROM COSBY’S PRE-TRIAL HEARING IN MONTCO
So, to refresh, in court yesterday, Cosby’s defense team stated that he could not recall his encounters with accusers because he’s legally blind now; they insisted there’s no way he gave accuser Andrea Constand quaaludes; a MontCo ADA claimed no one has ever “benefited more from statutes of limitations” than the star, while his attorneys argued other accusers shouldn’t be permitted to testify because it wouldn’t demonstrate a pattern of sexual violence. Judge Steven T. O’Neill didn’t rule yesterday. What’s next? Here’s where you can catch up on the case, the arguments and get details on upcoming hearings.
PHILLY ELECTION OFFICIALS NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THREATS FROM NEO-NAZIS
Neither the Philadelphia district attorney, nor two of the city’s three commissioners knew anything yesterday about alleged threats from neo-Nazis to prevent people from voting. Doesn’t matter, they say, because Philly is ready to tackle fraud and other anti-GOTV tactic with its Election Day Task Force. Despite a Politico report that the neo-Nazi group plans to bribe voters in underserved communities into staying home with weed and booze, the DA and commissioners say they expect a routine election next week.
WHY THE EAGLES WON’T DISCIPLINE JOSH HUFF
ICYMI: Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff was arrested Tuesday for speeding across the Walt Whitman Bridge with weed and a gun in the car. So far, Eagles Coach Doug Pederson has said basically nothing. And we quote, “I want to see exactly what happened, maybe talk to some people and find out.” The reality is there’s nothing for Pederson to “tighten up.” Because the NFL wants it that way.
Enjoy a weeklong celebration of the craft of the cocktail! Visit your favorite participating Manayunk bars and restaurants and take part in a variety of tastings, dinner pairings, parties, cocktail competitions, and happy hours! Must be 21 or over to participate.
Where: Various restaurants in Manayunk
When: November 7, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to November 13, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Specials vary by venue
Want to see the next Marvel movie with a bunch of equally geeked out enthusiasts? Head to this Eraserhood bar and eat and drink — proprietors will choose 40 patrons to head to a late-night screening after showing Captain America Civil War and Ant Man upstairs.
Where: The Institute at 549 N. 12th St. 19123
When: November 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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STEVIE WONDER IS GIVING A FREE CONCERT IN PHILLY FRIDAY
Omg. Stevie Wonder is signed, sealed, delivered by the Hillary Clinton campaign for a free Philly concert on Friday. The recording artist who played a free live show in Dilworth Park two summers ago will be at CODA as part of the campaign’s “Love Trumps Hate” performance series. This is not a drill. Here are details on the show, plus how to RSVP.
THE NBA SET A RECORD FOR INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS BECAUSE SIXERS
Meet the newest Sixer, Ersan Ilyasova. He comes to Philly from OKC by way of Turkey, and he’s now the seventh player on the Sixers 15-man roster to be born outside the United States. That’s a lot. Last week, the NBA announced a record 113 international players made opening rosters for this season, hailing from 41 different countries and territories. The previous record for international players in the NBA was 101, each of the previous two seasons. The Sixers helped create that increase almost on their own.