Today's Top Picks: Sept. 13, 2017

Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia after judge Thomas Gehret dropped the charges against him from the 2015 derailment that killed 8 and injured 150 passengers after the AMTRAK train he was operating derailed on the way to NYC.

Prosecution against engineer Brandon Bostian, who derailed an Amtrak train two years ago in Philadelphia, ended in stunning fashion Tuesday when a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gehret dismissed all counts against Bostian after a four-hour hearing that centered on what responsibility the engineer should bear for eight deaths and more than 100 injuries caused by the May 12, 2015, crash. “Based on that evidence,” Gehret said, “I think it’s more likely than not this was an accident and not criminal.” Read more
The temporary installation, by sculptor and multimedia artist Hank Willis Thomas and featuring what looks like a black power fist, sits well apart from the Rizzo piece, but within sight of it. Read more
In the seven years that DHS provided services to one victim’s family, six different organizations and 53 people were assigned to help them. Read more
The roseate spoonbill, a wading bird, has a beak so dramatic, it looks like a long wooden spoon. Read more

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