Newsletter for Wednesday, Nov. 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The fog of Philly (Instagram via @kellysmithphoto).
PEOPLE WENT THROUGH METAL DETECTORS 1.1 MILLION TIMES DURING POPE’S VISIT
How many people actually saw the pope? We’ll probably never have an official count, but the Secret Service added a little bit of clarity by releasing that people crossed through the metal detectors at papal events 1.1 million times the weekend of his late September visit. Meanwhile, the city is still working on an invoice for the World Meeting of Families so it can get reimbursed $12 million for the cost of the event. It was supposed to submit that invoice by the first of this month.
WHY PEOPLE MARCHED ON CITY HALL IN THE RAIN
Workers in Philly marched on City Hall on Tuesday, taking part in what’s being called “the largest-ever strike” to hit the fast food industry. Fast food cooks and cashiers at McDonalds, Wendy’s and more walked out on their jobs in 500 cities across the country, while advocating for a nationwide $15 minimum wage. Here in Philly, they converged on City Hall for an afternoon rally. Here’s their beef.
Admission to the Constitution Center is discounted to $5 on Veterans Day (free if you actually are a vet or in the military). The Independence Mall venue is hosting a series of activities, including the chance to write a thank-you postcard to those who've served and make your own Americana and flag-themed arts and crafts.
Where: Constitution Center at 525 Arch St.
When: November 11, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $5
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EMBATTLED HEAD OF L&I
When Mayor Michael Nutter called a press conference on Oct. 26 to discuss a scathing story published about Philadelphia’s long-scrutinized Department of Licenses and Inspections, there was one person notably missing from the room. Carlton Williams, the man who has headed up L&I since spring 2012, was nowhere to be seen. Nutter said not to read into the fact that he wasn’t there. Here’s what you need to know about the man whose department is under investigation.
HOW AND WHY THE NCAA HAS PUNISHED PHILLY COLLEGES
A few years ago, Villanova was punished for, among other things, bringing recruits to a cheesesteak restaurant. That punishment came down in 2004, representing one of the few run-ins between the NCAA and area colleges. The NCAA started keeping track of major infractions cases in 1953 and since then only Temple, La Salle and Villanova have been caught committing those. Here’s a rundown of the NCAA sanctions, and why they received them, from cheesesteaks to assumed aliases to threats of revoked scholarships.