Newsletter for Wednesday, Oct. 7
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
There’s a 10 a.m. closing ceremony at the Knotted Grotto outside the Basilica; photo via @henryferet on Instagram.
TRANSGENDER WOMAN’S MURDER IS PHILLY’S SECOND THIS YEAR
Police say it’s “too early in the investigation” to know whether the shooting of Kiesha Jenkins was a hate crime or a robbery, but what is clear is that Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman, is dead. She was shot twice in the back after being beaten by a group of men near 13th and Wingohocking in Logan. Violence against transgender people is nothing new, and Jenkins is the second transwoman this year to be killed in Philadelphia. Londyn Chanel, 21, was stabbed to death last spring; her alleged killer was charged with murder, but not a hate crime.
CCP CAMPUS LOCKED DOWN AFTER REPORT OF A GUN; SUSPECT ARRESTED
The campus of the Community College of Philadelphia was put on lockdown for a few hours Tuesday morning after reports that a man flashed a gun. Police later determined that two men had been arguing, and a 17-year-old was later taken into custody after a tense few hours. Tensions have been high across the region since an anonymous online threat, passed along via the FBI, warned of the possibility of an attack on Monday at a college near Philadelphia. But nothing along those lines materialized.
WHY BRIAN SIMS IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS AND THE PA. HOUSE
“People tell me this is the right path, and I agree.” In a Q&A with Billy Penn Tuesday, Pa. Rep. Brian Sims explained why he’s running against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in 2016 and why, despite being confident he can win that seat, he still plans to run for re-election to his state office. Meanwhile, Pa. Sen. Vincent Hughes’ staffer Ben Waxman, a well-connected press officer and former journalist, is strongly considering a run for Sims’ state House seat, which covers Center City and parts of Fairmount and South Philly.
|What||Walter White and company, all rolled into one -- performer Miles Allen takes on all the characters from the iconic AMC drama Breaking Bad. Doors open at 6:30 PM.|
|Where||World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut Street|
|When||October 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm|
|How much||$25 and $35|
BILLY PENN LIKES
SEPTA GETS SUED A WHOLE LOT
So far this year, 305 lawsuits have been filed against SEPTA, according to court records. There have been more lawsuits against SEPTA than days this year (278). That was also the case in 2014, when 408 lawsuits were filed. Why does SEPTA get sued, on average, more than once a day? We looked into some of the complaints.
19 PHILLY-SPECIFIC HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Halloween is coming up, and you could be like everyone else and just choose to be a “Game of Thrones” character or a member of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off Ensemble.” Nobody would blame you. But you could always take your Philadelphia Halloween to the next level and be something that represents the city. Plenty of costumes would work. We’ve come up with 19, and they range from the worlds of Philly politics to sports to the papal visit.