Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:
Trump, Supreme Court have Sen. Pat Toomey on defense.
It was probably never going to be an easy reelection year for Sen. Pat Toomey, but 2016 has brought a one-two punch of Donald Trump and a Supreme Court opening. The Morning Call reports that analysts at the University of Virginia have the state “leaning Republican” in his race — unless Trump is the GOP nominee, in which case they predict a Democrat will pick up the seat. (Toomey has endorsed fellow Sen. Marco Rubio.) In the meantime, Toomey is now the focus of a “robocall” effort criticizing his opposition to the Senate considering a Supreme Court nominee this year. And it’s only March! Wait until the fall!
North Philly residents are gathering tonight to discuss the proposed Temple football stadium for their neighborhood.
The meeting, 6 p.m. at Amos Recreation Center at 16th and Berks streets, will include at least 15 block captains, the Temple News reports. Local politicians have been invited to attend; Temple officials haven’t, but meeting organizers say they’re welcome. “We welcome the exchange of communicating with Temple representatives with open arms,” says one. “That’s what it’s all about, because that’s what it hasn’t been—there’s been no communication with the community.”
The William Penn Foundation is making a one-time donation of $15 million to expand Philadelphia pre-K.
The donation comes as Mayor Jim Kenney looks to make pre-K education available to all Philadelphia children. The Inquirer reports the grant will be used to create pre-K space for 1,500 preschoolers by 2021. Says Kenney: “This means an organization like William Penn is confident that this is the right initiative and we’re the right people to do it.”
The so-called “Rittenhouse Rapist” has been sentenced to prison.
Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, was sentenced 22-44 years in state prison after pleading to charges of rape, involuntary deviate intercourse, kidnapping, and burglary. The charges stemmed from a June 2014 incident in which he attacked a woman in the 1900 block of Spruce. Afterwards, he stole her apartment keys and cell phone — the latter of which allowed police to track him to his South Philly residence. “Milton Garcia does not belong on Philadelphia’s streets and, as a result of today’s sentencing, he won’t be anymore,” said Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams said in a press release.
The DeMarco Murray era in Philadelphia is over.
Birds 24/7 reports: The Eagles have a trade in place that will send DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans. Murray never felt at home in Philadelphia. He proved to be a poor system fit in Chip Kelly‘s offense, and was soon relegated to what essentially turned out to be a backup role. The 2014 rushing champ finished with 702 yards on 193 carries (3.6 avg.).There was the somewhat famous talk with owner Jeffrey Lurie to voice his displeasure on the flight home from a win in New England, and a persistent feeling that Murray and the Eagles were like oil and water.
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