Newsletter for Thursday, Nov. 12
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FDR Park provides picture-perfect fall views; get there before it gets too cold. Photo via @gluvman129 on Instagram.
VICTIMS OF THE LATE BUDGET: FAMILIES IN NEED, KIDS
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes it’s 135 days and counting since lawmakers and the Governor in Harrisburg blew past the deadline for a budget. And statewide, the effects are brutal: Closed senior centers, a domestic violence shelter that’s turning away women and children. And while Gov. Wolf and Republican leaders have announced the framework for a deal, it will be weeks before it’s done — while more of the most vulnerable people in the state suffer.
RICHARD ROSS NAMED NEW PHILLY POLICE COMMISH
Meet the new Philadelphia Police Commissioner: Richard Ross. The Philly native and 26-year veteran of the force is currently Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s no. 2 in the department. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced that Ross would replace Ramsey upon the latter’s scheduled retirement. What’s the new boss of the department have planned? More body cameras, and training police on a new way to conduct traffic stops, Ross told reporters Wednesday. That means no more “stop and frisk,” the controversial tactic that’s drawn protests nationwide.
Historic Franklin Square's holiday festival kicks off the season in Philly. Catch the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show daily, starting Thursday, and check out the other winter attractions.
Where: Franklin Square
When: November 12, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free to attend, but goodies to buy
BILLY PENN LIKES
THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEERING: THE HOWS AND THE WHERES
It’s almost the holidays. How can you help? Worry not. Billy Penn has collected several organizations specifically in need of volunteers on Thanksgiving and others who need them throughout the holiday season. And remember: While volunteers are certainly needed around Thanksgiving and the holidays, they’re also needed throughout the rest of the year. So consider these organizations in the new year as well.
COMCAST, PHILLY SQUARE OFF TODAY FOR FRANCHISE NEGOTIATIONS
On Thursday, a seven-hour public hearing before a City Council committee has been scheduled to review a tentative agreement between Comcast and the city. Both Comcast and city officials have indicated they’re optimistic about where the agreement is headed. Other stakeholders are seeing this as a rare chance to talk directly to Comcast about paying more to the city of Philadelphia. Here’s a look at the issues at hand and what’s at stake.