Newsletter for Wednesday, July 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
These performers in Dilworth Park’s fountain drew cameras and turned heads yesterday; photo via @ccphilly on Instagram.
PROBLEMS SINCE AMTRAK 188’S CRASH: ‘IT’S ACTUALLY CHEAPER TO KILL PEOPLE’
In the two months since Amtrak 188 derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring hundreds, the train giant has said that it’s making a number of changes to ensure better railroad safety. But is it really doing much beyond what it was already supposed to before the crash? That depends on who you ask.
CAN A NEW MURAL HELP SOUTH PHILLY’S ASIANS WITH PROBLEM GAMBLING?
Thoai Nguyen has been telling city officials for years now: The casino industry offers better language services for Asian immigrants than any other industry in Philadelphia. Nguyen, the CEO of the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Coalition, Inc., has been fighting against what he sees as the casino industry’s economic mining of the low-income, recent refugee and immigrant communities in South Philadelphia. He primarily is concerned with the welfare of the Southeast Asian community, as this is his organization’s explicit mission— as well as the community he believes is the most stridently targeted by casinos.
TO DO: EXPERTS TALK SUPREME COURT & MARRIAGE EQUALITY
WHAT: Legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Frederick Lawrence, and Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick will participate in the town hall about marriage equality, religious liberties and online threats
WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 19106
WHEN: 12 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Free but advanced registration is required
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THESE GEESE SLOWED DOWN THE SCHUYLKILL EXPRESSWAY
Was your commute on the Schuylkill Expressway a tad slow yesterday morning? Slower than usual, we mean. Perhaps this family of geese — which received a police escort — slowed things down.
VOTE: ROUND 1 OF THE ULTIMATE PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD BRACKET
What is the ultimate neighborhood in the Philadelphia area? Last week, you voted for the neighborhoods you wanted to see fill out the last four wildcard slots on the bracket. On Monday morning, Fox 29 anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley pulled from a hat to select Roxborough and University City of Philadelphia, Narberth of the Pa. ‘burbs and West Deptford of South Jersey. Now the fun begins. Head here to have your say; you have until Friday.