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In a 2016 study, Pew Research Center labeled “middle income” as those who make $42,000-$125,000 for a family of three. But it doesn’t always make sense to use the same definition of “middle class” for places as different as say, New York, Philadelphia, and Omaha. It’s apples to oranges.
After years of fighting, SugarHouse Casino has ended its mission to block a second Philadelphia casino license after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill which basically invalidated their suit. Local community organizations agree South Philly hit the jackpot with the deal, as Stadium Casino LLC will build its Live! Casino and hotel near the stadiums. (Yes, that’s Live! like Xfinity Live!)
The proposed casino and hotel will include 200 hotel rooms, 2,000 slots and 125 table games. What happens next is up to Stadium, but they owe the house a cool $50 million for a slot machine license later this month.
Federal authorities announced Wednesday that Frank M. Nucera Jr., former police chief of Bordentown Township, faces assault and hate crime charges after what the FBI calls “a significant history of making racist comments.” Today, he’s out on $500,000 bail to await trial on bias and civil rights charges.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. As columnist Jenice Armstrong writes, the case is yet another example of what movements like Black Lives Matter are protesting.
What you need to know today
- Residents from Philly and beyond share their reactions to the dissolution of the School Reform Commission and Mayor Kenney seizing control of Philly schools. Spoiler Alert: They’re pretty positive.
- All week long we’ve taken a deep dive into SEPTA, from on-time performance and scheduling to staff relations and Amtrak. The final installment of the Are We There Yet? series looks at what’s next for SEPTA riders.
- A Darby nursing home and the county district attorney are investigating claims of voter fraud after records showed 34 residents voted in the May primary by absentee ballot. Residents say the ballots weren’t authorized.
- A decision won’t be issued for two more weeks, but a federal judge in Philadelphia’s suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the sanctuary city is in “substantial compliance” to receive government funds.
- Palestinian Quaker Joyce Ajlouny only recently accepted the top job at the American Friends Service Committee, but she’s already leading the org through a slew of controversies.
- How can we better harness the power of the city’s waterways? Philadelphia Energy Authority is looking for answers to that very question.
- Reporter Tricia L. Nadolny and photographer David Swanson’s latest dispatch from Puerto Rico shows two very different sides of recovery. For some, life goes on. For others, like those in the “Camp of the Forgotten,” they’re more isolated than ever.
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- Ever seen that blue sky billboard over Old City? No, it’s not high-concept art. Its origin story is much more practical.
- The Eagles made the cover of Bible Study magazine, and talked about how sometimes they pray in hot tubs.
- One of the city’s most confusing buildings just became more puzzling, literally. South Street’s Abbotts Square is getting an Escape the Room game, and let’s just say residents are displeased.
- The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival runs this Saturday through Nov. 19 and movie critic Gary Thompson’s got a list of top picks for your perusal.
- Fifty (or more) shades of gray have taken over home decor. How did this blah color become so…chic?
- Bad news for runners who swear by compression socks: the expensive footwear doesn’t lead to better performance. (Great news for runners’ wallets, though.)
- Before you head out to lunch, check out this list of restaurants the Dept. of Public Health closed last month. There’s 19, and some of the violations are, well, unappetizing.
- Or, just head out to King of Prussia, where a restaurant boom has added 4,000 seats to the area in just 18 months.
“Whether or not fire hoses scatter the evidence, pushing scarlet pools down the storm drains and into the sewers, our streets are forever stained with the blood of the dead. “ — Columnist Helen Ubiñas on the marks left behind by gun violence.
- Wednesday’s Walmart shooting in Colorado is just another reminder of America’s unconditional surrender to guns, columnist Will Bunch writes. Even more frustrating are leaders’ reactions to similar events when the perpetrators aren’t white males.
- The man who mowed down pedestrians in Tuesday’s New York terror attack was here legally. So, columnist Christine Flowers asks, why are immigrants being politicized yet again?
What we’re reading
- Inside Philadelphia’s antifa: Being part of “black bloc” tactics means isolation and violence. [VICE]
- Hundreds of researchers are trying to map every microbe on the planet. There’s about a trillion of them. [Wired]
- It’s been a year since the internet lost Twitter’s odd cousin, Vine. Where’d all the app’s creative types go? [The Ringer]
- Sports Illustrated explains how (and why) it called the Astros’ World Series win with a 2014 cover. [Sports Illustrated]
- NPR’s top news executive is one of many powerful men recently accused of sexual harassment. [The Atlantic]
Daily Dose of | Nostaglia
An artist spent the last seven years collecting memorabilia inspired by Baha Men’s 2000 hit “Who Let The Dogs Out,” and you can see it all at PhilaMOCA.