Newsletter for Wednesday, Feb. 25
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WHAT’S PHILLY’S SAFEST UNIVERSITY?
Which of the six Philly colleges is the safest — Temple, Penn, Drexel, La Salle, Villanova or St. Joseph’s? Temple usually has the worst reputation for campus danger, but suburban Philadelphia schools actually experience more reported crime. In terms of the number of crimes reported, St. Joseph’s University and Villanova rank first and second — with Penn, Drexel, Temple and LaSalle following, in that order. Billy Penn used data the schools must file annually under the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting law from the years 2011-2013. Here’s what we found.
MAYORAL SPEED DATING: TONY WILLIAMS’ MIC DROP, KENNEY WAS A HIT
The Inquirer went to the Field House last night, and heard Philly’s mayoral candidates pitch tipsy millennials. It sounds like those wacky young ‘uns couldn’t figure out the tough concept behind the evening — instead of using poker chips given at the gate to candidates, half-drunk attendees just signed their petitions (which, you know, was the point). But the speeches sounded pretty funny. “Diaz, for instance, promised he would keep the city ‘open 24 hours so millennials can party any time they want.’ (Ed. note — Paging Dougie O: That’s YOUR platform, dude!). As if to establish his own bona fides, Williams managed to dramatically drop his mike, rapper-style, at the end of his pitch.” Rapper-style, you guys. Anyway, the kids liked Kenney because he was brief… Because you know, kids have no attention span.
TOM WOLF’S DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM: WHAT IT MEANS
It’s been two weeks since Gov. Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on the death penalty throughout the state — something capital punishment opponents had begged his predecessor to do for years. But not everyone’s a fan. Since then, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has filed a petition claiming that the moratorium is illegal, other prosecutors said they don’t like the move and defense attorneys for inmates on death row are ready to capitalize. But how can Wolf just waltz into office and do this? Is Death Row now a thing of the past? And what happens to people who are convicted of first-degree murder? Here’s what we could dig up.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT JEWISH HISTORY IN AMERICA
WHAT: The National Museum of American Jewish History
WHERE: 101 S. Independence Mall East
WHEN: 10 AM – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Free for the month of February
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WHY MIKE SCHMIDT MIGHT BE THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE
Is Mike Schmidt the Ultimate Philly Athlete? It’s a debate that could spark up at any corner sports bar in South Philadelphia. No one would ever argue Schmidt’s credentials – he is the greatest Phillie to wear the uniform, and the greatest third baseman to play the game. But this is a man who famously said, “Philadelphia is the only city where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about it the next day.” Billy Penn examines the evidence for Schmidt’s case.
TOM WOLF’S TWITTER TOWN HALL: EDUCATION, ENERGY AND THE GOP
Pennsylvania’s new governor took to social media (always the best place for a nuanced discussion of issues!) for his first Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday. PoliticsPA grabbed the best of the back-and-forth; here’s what you missed if you weren’t following along. (Lots of talk about education and energy, less about crucial issues like liquor privatization.)