Newsletter for Friday, Oct. 24
Boathouse Row by moonlight, via Instagram user @irishlasswithsass
CORRUPT TRAFFIC JUDGE CHARGED IN STING ABANDONED BY A.G. KANE
A former Philadelphia traffic court judge was charged with bribery Thursday for accepting a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet in an undercover sting operation. The charges are being brought by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, but they originated in the state Attorney General’s office. Earlier this year, Kathleen Kane (the A.G.) shut the investigation down, calling the investigation weak and possibly racially motivated. Williams disagrees — his office re-opened the case, and says Thursday’s charges were the first, “but not the last,” as his investigation develops.
BRUTAL HAZING CAUSED A BUCKS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO CANCEL FOOTBALL
The Central Bucks West football team has won four state championships, but there’s a new battle the team is fighting now: An apparent culture of hazing. Officials Thursday shut down the football season amid allegations that seniors on the team forced one player to grab another’s genitals, and also “waterboarded” younger teammates, forcing them into the showers with towels wrapped around their heads. The coaches for the varsity and J.V. programs have been suspended for failing to properly supervise the team, too. The Bucks County district attorney’s office is investigating, and more details are expected Tuesday night at the Central Bucks school board meeting.
WHY IS IT LEGAL TO EAT CATS AND DOGS IN PENNSYLVANIA? OH RIGHT, THE NRA
There are times when you think Pennsylvania politicians can’t do anything right. And then there are times when our state lawmakers are on the cusp of making one of the easiest, most sensible decisions possible… but nope, it’s still legal to eat cats and dogs. Why? Pigeon-shooting and the National Rifle Association.
TO DO: HANG OUT ON DILWORTH PARK’S NEW GREEN
WHAT: The new 6,900-square-foot Albert M. Greenfield Lawn is open today — and it’s supposed to be 64 degrees and partly sunny, so get outside
WHEN: 11 AM
WHERE: Right in front of City Hall, near the fountains and the glass ramps
HOW MUCH: Free
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HACKING SEPTA: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR PHILLY’S MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM
SEPTA, your fav Philly transpo system, is sometimes difficult to endure, especially when certain Center City stations carry the unmistakable smell of pee. But it’s also handy — and eminently hackable. Here are 10 of our favorite tips.
TRAILER OUT FOR MOVIE ABOUT THE FISHTOWN BEER RUNNERS
There are no details yet on the full scope of this documentary of the Fishtown Beer Runners. The thing isn’t even finished and there’s no release date. And yet … color us excited. The Fishtown Beer Runners are exactly as they sound: people who meet in Fishtown, run to a bar and proceed to drink. So however this documentary turns out, viewers can basically crack open a beer and live vicariously without actually having to run. That’s our favorite kind of exercise.