News broke Thursday that a federal appeals court had overturned five bribery convictions of former U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah, a career politician who served Philly for 22 years before he went to prison in January 2017. It probably won’t get him out of prison — but it might reduce his sentence. Here’s what happened yesterday and a recap of the remarkable chain of events that led to of Fattah’s conviction.
As we noted yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf said in a recent radio interview that Pennsylvania isn't ready for recreational marijuana. A recent poll shows voters disagree — and so do many other Pa. Dems. That includes the auditor general, legislators, and Wolf's own running mate, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. Even some Pa. Republicans have said they aren't opposed to legalization. The gov, a spokesperson told Billy Penn, is open to discussion.
Today, a hundred people living in Kensington will get to eat lunch who otherwise would've gone hungry. That's thanks to a new collab between three different nonprofits. Since they joined forces last month, they've managed to give out 500 free meals. The food comes from one organization, the labor and assembly from another, and the space to hand out meals every Friday is at a third.
- These 14 Philly police officers racked up hundreds of civilian complaints over the last five years.
- Gun violence: Rapper General Reezy and another person died in a North Philly drive-by shooting that injured six, and a man was shot and killed by police near 20th and Snyder.
- Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity will back GOP gov candidate Scott Wagner.
- After US Attorney McSwain slammed Philly's sanctuary city policies, DA Krasner clapped back.
- Starting this year, schools in Pa. must test drinking water for lead.
- Several Eagles players wore shirts with criminal justice messages last night. During the anthem, Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist, with Chris Long's arm around him.
- David Chang's Fuku fried chicken will be served at the Linc this season.
- This dude was just chilling in a beach chair parked on Broad all afternoon.
🚶 Philly Free Streets is back for a third year, with eight miles of North Broad closed to cars and open to people. There's gorgeous landmarks to look at and all kinds of fun programming to enjoy. (Saturday, Aug. 11,
🛣️ Germantown celebrates 329 years of being incorporated into the City of Philadelphia with the Great Road Festival. Expect antique cars, music, dance, vegetarian food, backpack giveaways and more family fun. (Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
💻 If you like coding and like your city, this hack-a-thon is for you. Code for Philly is partnering with the city to host a free National Day of Civic Hacking gathering, with breakfast and lunch for the participants. (Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
🌮 Ever had a Navajo taco? Built atop a puffed dough treat called frybread, they're popular in the Southwest, and they're popping up for one night at Lucky's Last Chance in Manayunk. (Sunday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. to midnight)
🦅 Join us for Philly Quizzo — Eagles Edition, sponsored by the Philly Ronald McDonald House. We're weaving Birds info into three rounds of trivia, and you can win tix to Keystone Comic Con. Planning to come? GoPhillyGo can help you find a route. RSVP to FREE Quizzo here. (Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
Our colleague Dave Burdick, editor of our sister site Denverite, wrote a great little explainer on supporting local startup newsrooms (he's a former standup comedian, so it's a good read). Our Summer Membership Drive needs 67 more people to meet its goal — here's where to become a Billy Penn member today. Your support is essential to help us keep doing what we do: informing a growing community of interested, involved Philadelphians.