Newsletter for Tuesday, Feb. 9
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Snow on the ground in East Falls; forecasters are calling for intermittent snow showers through the day. Photo via @davidgriesing on Instagram.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY BOARD OKS STADIUM PLAN
Temple’s Board of Trustees took their first official step toward making an on-campus football stadium a reality. Yesterday the Board voted unanimously to approve a $1 million design study for the planned 35,000-seat stadium and a retail project that would surround it on the west side of Broad Street. President Neil Theobald estimated the stadium’s cost at $126 million and said more than $300 million would be invested in the North Broad Street area for a retail project. The vote came despite opponents who offered public comment at the meeting, and protesters outside. And a few powerful city officials say they’re skeptical: Mayor Jim Kenney, and City Council President Darrell Clarke.
KATHRYN KNOTT’S JUDGE: ‘I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU COULD WALK AWAY’
The Bucks County woman who was convicted of helping to beat up a gay couple in Center City in the fall of 2014 was sentenced Monday to spend five to 10 months in prison and serve two years of probation. It’s been a long time coming for Kathryn G. Knott, 25, who was convicted in December in the case widely known as the Center City gay-bashing incident. “This behavior is a violation of human rights,” Judge Roxanne Covington told Knott in handing down the sentence. Here’s more from the courthouse.
LESEAN MCCOY AND OFF-DUTY COPS AT AN OLD CITY NIGHTCLUB: WHAT WE KNOW
LeSean McCoy was involved in a fight early Sunday morning at an Old City night club in which off-duty police officers were punched, kicked and stomped and taken to the hospital, according to a police report. It was just before 3 a.m. early Sunday morning at Recess when an associate of the former Eagle approached the off duty officer and stated that a bottle of champagne the officer was holding had been purchased by him. McCoy — a former Eagle now playing for the Buffalo Bills — was supposed to be in Arizona for training. Here’s what we know about the incident.
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When: February 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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FACT-CHECK: DID PAT TOOMEY VOTE AGAINST THE TROOPS EVERY TIME?
The campaigns of incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak have gone back and forth in email communications to supporters and reporters, criticizing and defending Toomey’s records on veterans affairs. Here’s a representative Sestak attack: “I may disagree with Pat Toomey, who voted to send me to war, visited me on the aircraft carrier… and then came home and voted against every veterans appropriations bill.” So we decided to put Sestak’s claim to the test: Did Toomey truly vote against every veterans appropriations bill since 2002?
JIM KENNEY EXPLAINS HIS DWIGHT EVANS ENDORSEMENT
What made Mayor Jim Kenney endorse Democratic state Rep. Dwight Evans’ bid for a congressional seat? In an exclusive interview this weekend, the mayor and Evans talk about their new bromance. And it’s worth mentioning that the endorsement comes at the expense of the member of the U.S. House of Representatives who’s been holding that second district for more than 20 years. That would be embattled incumbent U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, the indicted congressman who’s already been scolded by a judge for focusing more on his re-election than the charges he faces. Here’s what they told us.