Newsletter for Friday, Aug. 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This silhouette and smoke during the first night of the Mad Decent Block Party at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing; photo via @john.dionisio on Instagram.
THE PLAN TO TOW CARS IN THE ‘TRAFFIC BOX’ DURING #POPEINPHILLY
There’s something you should know about the “traffic box” around Center City for the Pope’s visit the weekend of September 26: Be very careful where you park. Billy Penn has learned that officials plan to immediately impound illegally-parked cars within portions of that 3-square-mile security perimeter. On Thursday, the mayor’s spokesperson, Mark McDonald, confirmed the no-ticket, tow-first plan, characterizing it as nothing more than what would occur during a snow emergency. Vehicles parked on “authorized access roads” would be subject to impoundment.
HALL OF SHAME: 14 KEYSTONE STATE POLITICIANS FIGHTING CORRUPTION CHARGES
“That is so Pennsylvania.” That was the general reaction this week to yet more charges being filed against public officials here in the Keystone State. This time around, it’s the state’s chief law enforcement officer. Today Attorney General Kathleen Kane was criminally charged for allegedly leaking confidential information and then lying about it to cover her tracks. And she’s not alone. It’s beginning to sound really familiar, this barrage of corruption charges among our city and state’s most powerful individuals. Here’s the rundown.
The Terminal is celebrating 35 years of family-run Pennsylvania Dutch stands with a festival. Head to Center Court for shoo-fly pie, Amish-style pork sausage sandwiches, roasted peanuts, homemade ice cream, jams and fudge. You can also watch traditional crafts like quilt-making, and browse sale items like wooden furniture, toys, scarves, home decor and more.
Where: The Reading Terminal Market at 51 N. 12th Street
When: August 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. to August 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay-as-you-go
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TICKETLEAP CEO TALKS POPE PASS LOTTERY
It’s hardly a lottery when nearly everyone who enters wins. But thousands who entered a lottery to purchase a SEPTA pass to see the Pope in September are going to feel like winners today. TicketLeap CEO Tim Raybould told Billy Penn that despite some original reports showing that every person who entered the Papal pass lottery won, it’s actually more like most people won. Here’s a breakdown of what happened with the sale.
GRADING TOMMY WOLF: HOW’S THE NEW GOVERNOR DOING?
Harrisburg doesn’t sound like much of a happening place right now. Protesters and lobbyists are a rare sight in the hallways of the Capitol. The only people there, it seems, are the lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf. This budget stalemate represents the most prominent issue of Wolf’s time as governor. But has he done anything else? Billy Penn looks at the first six-plus months of Wolf’s term, explains the successes and failures and compares him to his most recent predecessors, Tom Corbett and Ed Rendell. For each category, Wolf is graded on a 1 to 5 scale by — what else — Wolf emoji.