Newsletter for Friday, May 15
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Media circus, still here. Photo via @phillygg on Instagram.
AMTRAK CRASH: WHAT WE LEARNED YESTERDAY
Yesterday, the death toll from the Amtrak 188 crash climbed by one person after police brought in a cadaver-sniffing dog. But all eight of the crash’s victims have now been identified, and officials believe they have accounted for all of the train’s 243 passengers and five crew. Otherwise, they’re still trying to figure out why the train accelerated to more than 100 mph going into a 50 mph curve. At a press conference near the crash scene, Amtrak’s CEO promised new technology that would end crashes like this would be installed throughout the entire Northeast Corridor, Washington DC to Boston, by the end of the year. Here’s everything we know — and still don’t — about Tuesday night’s crash.
MEET THE ENGINEER OF AMTRAK 188
Brandon Bostian, a 32-year-old from Queens, N.Y., has been identified as the engineer for the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing seven people and injuring more than 200. Bostian’s lawyer, the Center City-based defense attorney Robert Goggin, told ABC’s Nightline that his client has no recollection of the crash, and was “very distraught” to learn that people had been killed when the train flew off the tracks Tuesday night near Port Richmond. Here’s everything we know about Bostian.
TO DO: HANG OUT WITH ‘THE MOUNTAIN’ IN FAIRMOUNT PARK
WHAT: The Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, feat. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from ‘Game of Thrones’
WHERE: 4100 Chamounix Drive, Fairmount Park
WHEN: Noon – 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Tickets start at $20
BILLY PENN LIKES
OUR NEW WEEKEND EDITOR: DANYA HENNINGER
We could not be more excited for this big Billy Penn news: Danya Henninger, the Zagat Philly editor with deep experience writing about restaurants, food and drink in Philadelphia, is signing on as our first Weekend Editor. She’ll contribute regular coverage of where to go and what to do in Philadelphia, including two new newsletters we’re looking to launch in the next few weeks. Her first day is May 26. Here’s what she’ll be doing.
A GAME OF PHILLY THRONES: BOOK 2
Bloodlines run deep in ‘Game of Thrones’ like they do here in Philadelphia politics. If you’re born into power, you can win the Game. If not, things are going to be tough for you. Philadelphia’s political families have been known to use their names to gain considerable political clout, and then use that clout for good… or not. We’ve already introduced you to seven families. Meet some more of the families that have asserted their power in Philly politics.