Newsletter for Friday, Feb. 19
Big bay windows and a bright red door on the rowhomes in Southwest Philly; photo via @215aw on Instagram.
TENSION RISING BETWEEN D.A. AND COPS OVER CHARGING SHADY MCCOY
It’s been nearly two weeks since reports surfaced that former Eagle LeSean McCoy participated in an early morning beat-down at Recess Lounge involving off-duty police officers and the running back still hasn’t been charged. On Thursday, CSN Philly reported that may be because there’s some tension between the police and the district attorney over charging McCoy and three other men for their roles in the brawl. Anonymous sources told CSN “that the D.A.’s office is hesitant to issue warrants because it has questions about the conduct of the officers that evening, including that the officers did not call 9-1-1 during the incident and whether they were drinking to excess.”
DID THE STATE SUPREME COURT MORTALLY WOUND PHILLY’S SCHOOL REFORM COMMISSION?
Everyone’s talking about the Philly School Reform Commission right now, and not in a good way. Since 2001, the five-person board essentially had unfettered power to cancel portions of the school code and implement policies commissioners wanted. Until this week, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court severely limited the SRC’s powers. So now what? Teachers’ union President Jerry Jordan calls the move a “double-edged sword.” We examine how big of a blow this decision is to the SRC and what it means for the city’s public schools.
BILLY PENN LIKES
CAITLYN JENNER AT PENN: ‘I AM NOT A ROLE MODEL’
“Just because you change gender, doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs,” Caitlyn Jenner told Buzz Bissinger Wednesday night during a sold-out Q&A event on Penn’s campus. Bissinger already interviewed Jenner for a Vanity Fair profile, and is working on a full-length biography of the reality TV star. The event was a lot more A than Q, with Bissinger often struggling to get a word in. Here’s a full recap of the interview, including Jenner’s comments on her conservative politics being more of an issue for people than her gender transition.
THIS IS JIM KENNEY’S PLAN FOR MAKING STREETS SAFER
A man died yesterday morning following a car crash on MLK Drive, and drivers were jumping the curb to get around the crash. Just a few hours later, a school bus, a cab and a sedan were involved in a crash at 15th and JFK. Crashes like these happen every single day involved cars, bikes and pedestrians, and Kenney’s administration is taking steps toward “Vision Zero” — as in zero traffic fatalities. We talked to the mayor’s partners in this effort about their plans, which include everything from the broad goal of establishing a Complete Streets Office to specific tasks like a multimodal study of Roosevelt Boulevard.