Newsletter for Friday, July 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets yesterday to protest police brutality. (Photo via @medlowminus on Instagram.)
CLINTON TO ADDRESS ‘RACIALLY-CHARGED’ SHOOTINGS WITH BIDEN IN SCRANTON AND PHILLY TODAY
Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania today with Vice President Joe Biden, starting off in Biden’s hometown of Scranton and then later speaking at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a gathering of members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philly. Clinton’s campaign told CNN she would address recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota at both appearances, and she’ll undoubtedly address last night’s shooting in Dallas that left five officers dead in the largest single attack on law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO HOLD THE NFL DRAFT IN PHILLY
Back in April, during the 2016 NFL Draft, news broke that the league was thinking of moving the marquee off-season event from Chicago, where it has held the draft for two seasons after decades in New York, to another NFL city. Philadelphia was on the very short list of candidates. Late Thursday, Philly.com published a report of an interview with United States congressman Bob Brady, stating unequivocally that Philly has agreed to host the NFL Draft. Mayor Kenney’s spokesperson and the NFL tried to knock it down, so we’ll see — but if it were to happen, how would it work?
JUDGE DENIES BILL COSBY’S MOTION AND SENDS HIS CASE TOWARD TRIAL — AGAIN
A Montgomery County judge yesterday denied Bill Cosby’s latest maneuver to delay facing sexual assault charges filed against him even though his alleged victim didn’t testify during a preliminary hearing in May. Attorneys in the case spent Thursday afternoon arguing over the validity of charges filed against Cosby, as his team said their inability to question alleged victim Andrea Constand was a violation of his constitutional rights. Prosecutors — and now, two judges — disagreed.
UBER AND THE PPA, ONE-TIME FRENEMIES, HAVE MADE UP
The Philadelphia Parking Authority and Uber made their truce official Thursday: the PPA will allow UberX and UberPOOL to operate in Philadelphia through September 30. And truce is probably the best word for the arrangement. Leaders from both sides shook hands and exchanged a hat but made this much clear: The fight between Uber and the PPA is far from over. Here are eight highlights from their kinda strange joint press conference.
BYOC (that's "chair") for a free live music show under the El at the opening night of this new spot — which will eventually house a working brewery.
Where: Evil Genius Brew Garden at 1727-31 N. Front St. 19122
When: July 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay-as-you-go food + drink
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHAT PHILLY’S CIGARETTE TAX IS EARNING FOR CITY SCHOOLS
In its first full year of existence, Philadelphia’s $2-per-pack cigarette tax brought in less money than first anticipated — but it nearly met projections on which the School District of Philadelphia based its budget. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an economic report for the city this week, and its pages contain the impact of the cigarette tax’s first full year.
PHILLY WON’T TELL YOU WHERE ITS EMPLOYEES ARE TRAVELING
The City of Philadelphia won’t tell you where its employees travel. Why do we know? Billy Penn asked a couple of months ago, through an Open Records Request. Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration announced it would ban all non-essential travel to North Carolina and Mississippi because of the states’ controversial anti-LGBT laws. The obvious question was, Why would any City of Philadelphia employees travel to North Carolina or Mississippi in the first place? Or to any number of states? And why would they go? They don’t want you to know.