Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 16
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You never know what you’ll find in the trash in Philly (Instagram via @emceerose).
TWO CITY OFFICIALS OUT THIS WEEK
Two appointees of Mayor Jim Kenney have left or been pushed out of their positions this week. The first was James Moylan, chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Moylan, who has ties to IBEW Local 98, resigned his spot a few weeks after his house was searched by the Feds in connection with the Johnny Doc investigation. Then yesterday, the Kenney administration announced Donald Carlton, Kenney’s pick for Streets Commissioner, had been repositioned within the department. Carlton was suspended in May after being charged with assault. The demotion wasn’t much of a step down: He’ll still be making a salary of $120,000 per year.
5 YEARS AFTER THE PHILLY PRIEST ABUSE SCANDAL, PA IS STILL ARGUING ABOUT STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS
The Pennsylvania House is back in session Monday and one piece of legislation likely to come is HB 1947. First introduced in the spring, the bill would eliminate the current statute of limitations on criminal cases for child sexual abuse. It would also expand the statute of limitations on civil cases, allowing survivors more time to bring lawsuits. There’s one specific amendment to the bill that has our lawmakers arguing. This is the controversial amendment and the ties to the Catholic Church that led one Pa. senator to call another a “piece of shit.”
NO ONE IS REALLY SURE WHY THE FRANKFORD AND GIRARD FOOD TRUCKS WERE SUDDENLY SHUT DOWN
It’s almost hard to remember a time when you couldn’t grab a 3 a.m. taco from a food truck parked at Frankford and Girard in Fishtown. So everyone noticed when the trucks suddenly disappeared last weekend after last call, forced by L&I to shut down at midnight because of reported complaints. Now, it’s always been the law that the trucks are supposed to pack it up by 12 a.m. But the complaints are nothing new. So why the sudden enforcement? One truck owner, who says his sales are down to a fraction of his usual business, doesn’t expect to ever find out.
Philadelphia’s cultural economy is world-class and nothing represents our dynamic and innovative arts scene better than FringeArts.2016 marks the annual Fringe Festival’s 20th year, bringing the best in contemporary, innovative and ground-breaking art to Philadelphia, and will fill the city with daring artistic performances, international legends, and local pioneers. FEASTIVAL is the fantastic, chef-filled fundraiser gala that helps make it happen.
Where: FringeArts at 140 N. Columbus Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19106
When: September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Mark Thompson is the CEO of the New York Times Company. He's also written a book called "What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics." He'll talk about everything from FDR and Churchill to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Where: Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: September 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
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THE CASE FOR WHY BRIAN DAWKINS AND DONOVAN MCNABB SHOULD BE IN THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Brian Dawkins is one of the most beloved figures in not just Eagles history, but the vast history of Philadelphia sports. Donovan McNabb’s relationship with the city is…more complicated. Both were named this week to the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates for the Class of 2017. It’s an incredible honor to get on the list, but making it through the selection process will be tough. This is the ridiculously convoluted process of getting enshrined in Canton, and the case for why Dawkins and McNabb should make it all the way.
THIS PHILLY FRINGE SHOW TACKLES THE MILLENNIAL STEREOTYPES
Millennials, amirite? Tonight at 8 p.m. (and throughout the weekend), watch actors take on the stereotypes that come to define the current generation. Described as a journey that feels like “a collage, or a montage, or, even simpler, nonstop stimulation,” The Fringe Festival show Millennia explores the experiences and perception of those damn kids. Expect lots of brunch talk, but also highly individualized stories from the artists involved.