Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 12
WE’RE VOTING FOR MAYOR? BILLY PENN POLLS CITY HALL PASSERSBY
There are five declared and one probable (we’re waiting, Milton), Philly mayoral candidates. Can you name them? When Billy Penn asked people outside City Hall what they knew about the candidates, most didn’t even know there’s a race happening. Based on these responses, it’s safe to say any of the candidates could win this thing.
SEPTA ASSAULT SUSPECT ARRESTED: 4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Reginald Green, 26, was arrested Wednesday in connection with Monday afternoon’s assault at Jefferson Station (formerly Market East). He’s facing charges of attempted rape, robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault. Here are four things you need to know about the attack:
- The victim and the suspect spent about 30 minutes talking before the attack, but didn’t previously know each other.
- Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit said Green “basically pummeled” the victim after asking her for sex.
- SEPTA Police recognized Green when they saw the surveillance video leading up to the attack, and were able to track him down.
- Green has at least 11 prior arrests. His DNA is being tested to determine whether he’s responsible for any unsolved sex crimes.
CALENDAR THIS: BREAKFAST AND THE NEWS WITH BILLY PENN
You’re a faithful reader of Billy Penn Daily — but you really wish you could sit down to chat about all these crazy and interesting things happening in the city. Well, you’re in luck — Billy Penn is partnering with TicketLeap for “Breakfast and the News.” What’s that mean? Drop $10 for coffee, pastries and conversation at Cafe Ole in Old City on March 5, and find out. Tickets and more details right here.
TO DO: ‘UNDIE-ROCK’ AT THE KIMMEL CENTER
WHAT: The Skivvies: Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, “a comedy-pop duo (that) literally strips down to their underwear to perform.”
WHERE: SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St
WHEN: 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $29 ($50 for two appetizers and a drink at Bar Volver)
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GEORGE WASHINGTON, FRANK RIZZO AND ODB: EVERYTHING ABOUT GRAYS FERRY
The name Grays Ferry carries a negative connotation, made after decades of violence and racial conflict so infamous that Frank Rizzo once carried a nightstick in his cummerbund on the way to the neighborhood. But Grays Ferry’s history stands for much more than that. George Washington routinely crossed the Grays Ferry Bridge, first lady Dolley Madison found refuge from yellow fever in the neighborhood and rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard came to the Grays Ferry McDonalds to pee, stayed for a Filet-O-Fish and ended up getting arrested. In the latest entry in our neighborhoods series, Billy Penn takes a trip to Grays Ferry.
PHILLY’S SCHOOLS NEED BOOKS: HOW TEACHERS PITCHED FOR THEM AT PHILASOUP
Philly educators met on the fifth floor of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Old City Sunday for food, booze and fundraising at the February Soup Dinner. PhilaSoup, which fittingly touts the slogan “eat soup, fund teachers,” is a nonprofit that connects people in the Philadelphia education community and provides grants to support initiatives meant to improve students’ experiences. At the dinner, three teachers were pitching for funding for innovative classroom-level projects where the money raised at the door — along with any donations — would be split thusly: 50 percent for first place, 30 percent for second and 20 percent for third. Here’s who won.