Newsletter for Wednesday, June 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This is how you beat a heat wave (Instagram via @k8iedidsweeney).
FATTAH GUILTY: JURY CONVICTS PHILLY CONGRESSMAN ON ALL CHARGES
A federal jury has convicted Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah of corruption after three days of deliberations on 29 counts. He was found guilty on all of them. The jury found Fattah and three co-defendants guilty under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, a law passed to fight organized crime. They were also convicted of conspiracy to commit RICO. Fattah will be sentenced on October 4. Here’s a breakdown of the charges.
SOMEONE ON THE PPA BOARD WANTS TO LEAVE THE CITY
A new bill in Harrisburg would change the residency requirements of the Philadelphia Parking Authority board, and a source tells Billy Penn it’s because one board member wants to move. The measure, which passed in the House yesterday, changes the PPA’s current rules. Right now, everyone on the board must live in the city. But the bill stipulates that only a majority must reside in city limits; some members can reside outside. Here’s why, according to the New Hope Republican who sponsored the bill.
A discussion about education for students whose native language is something other than English. Councilwoman Helen Gym and other PHLED leaders are confirmed to attend.
Where: WHYY Studios at 150 N. 6th St. 19106
When: June 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free with registration
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GM RECOUNTS THAT TIME HE HAD TO PASS UP DRAFTING KOBE
It’s almost draft time. So let’s hearken back to the 1996 NBA Draft selection process. Around here, that draft is recalled as the year the Sixers used the first overall selection on Allen Iverson. And that seemed to work out rather well. But the other Philadelphia story to come out of that draft involves a native son – Kobe Bryant – being drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets out of Lower Merion High School, then dealt immediately to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac. The rest, of course, is NBA history. Except history could have been different.
DO PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD NAMES LIKE FISHTOWN STILL FIT?
Some of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are named afters hills, parks and trees, like Fairmount or Cedar Park. Some were given random names that had origins in the old world, like Kensington. But many of them, along with sections within neighborhoods, were named after something temporal: a prominent house, its placement within the city, the commerce or businesses that defined it. The great thing about neighborhoods is they constantly change, and the signature landmarks or businesses of an area might have nothing to do it with it now. So Billy Penn took a look at several of these places and explored whether the traditional name still fits and, if it didn’t, offered up a few new suggestions.