🌱 Grand Jury Flawed + Phils Win+ 25 % of Philly Works @ Home

Hey, Philadelphia! I’m back in your inbox this morning with your fresh edition of the Philadelphia Daily, fresh off the presses. Here’s all the local news you need to know right now, including:

  • A judge dropped murder charges on a former Philly police officer
  • Phils hold on to take NLDS Game 1 against the Braves
  • In 2021 almost a quarter of us worked from home

But first, today’s weather:

Breezy in the afternoon. High: 72 Low: 59.

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Here are the top stories in Philadelphia today:

  1. Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara A. McDermott said there were “so many things wrong” with how District Attorney Larry Krasner’s Office instructed grand jurors that she dismissed all charges Tuesday against former city police officer Ryan Pownall. Pownall was charged with third-degree murder of David Jones, whom Pownall shot during a 2017 traffic stop in North Philadelphia. Judge McDermott’s ruling is a huge and embarrassing setback for D.A. Krasner who is currently fighting impeachment hearings from the PA House of Representatives. (inquirer.com)
  2. Nick Castellanos drove in three runs and made a potentially game-saving catch, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies over the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves 7-6 in the opener of their NL Division Series on Tuesday. Game 2 begins Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. with Zach Wheeler on the mound. It’s not a fluke, go ahead and buy that Red October t-shirt. (6abc Philadelphia)
  3. The Economy League released a report showing that the percentage of remote workers in Philly jumped to nearly 24% last year. This comes at a time when Philly companies like Comcast, which fills two big skyscrapers in Center City, have asked their workers to return in person during the tail-end of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Technical.ly)

Today in Philadelphia:

  • Phillies vs Braves @ Misconduct Tavern (4:35 PM)
  • Bring Philly HOME – Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (6:00 PM)
  • Academy Town Square: Science Writer Ed Yong in conversation with Maiken Scott (6:30 PM)
  • PFS Member Monthly Music Club! – Philadelphia Folksong Society (7:00 PM)
  • “Haunted History of Philadelphia” Book Talk at the Powel House (7:00 PM)
  • Clem Snide and Jill Andrews (8:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • We Suck. The Mutter Museum and the Rosenbach Library are marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of “Dracula,” the novel by Bram Stoker . It turns out Stoker wrote some blood-curddling pages on hotel stationery when he stayed at Philadelphia’s Stratford Hotel at Broad and Walnut streets, now known as the Bellevue Hotel.
  • A Hole In Liberty One? Puttshack, a mini-golf emporium is planning for your first date nights and every other weekend custody of your kids as you can tee off at the Shoppes in Liberty Place in Center City Philly. They have already raised $150 million for expansion and the Philly space will include four mini golf courses, two full-service bars and a full dining menu. (bizjournals.com)
  • In a town that treats stop signs as just a suggestion, Philly has yet another egg on our face honor to be ashamed of. WalletHub just named Philly the “Worst City to Drive in” in its 2022’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in list. The City of Brotherly Love came in 100th Place out the 100 cities showcased and yet stadium-sized potholes, infinite highway construction and the fact that most Philadelphians treat Roosevelt Boulevard like the Pocono 500 had NOTHING to do with the rankings and scoring! (NBC 10 Philadelphia)

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Patty-Pat Kozlowski

About me: Patty-Pat Kozlowski has been writing community news and Philly-cenric Op/Eds for over 20 years. A Jill of all trades she’s been a stand-up comedian, chef, DJ, newspaper editor, food trucker and Parks Director for Philadelphia Parks & Rec as well as a community relations/legislative aide for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Philadelphia City Council.