Morning Headlines: Knott to Be Sentenced in Gay Bashing
Good morning, Philadelphia. The Broncos beat the Panthers, 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. (Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, a Temple alum, scored 10 of his team’s points.) Here’s what else you need to know.
Kathryn Knott is scheduled to be sentenced today for her role in the 2014’s Center City gay-bashing incident.
Knott, you’ll recall, was found guilty in December of misdemeanor counts of simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault and reckless endangerment; a jury acquitted her on the most serious charge, felony aggravated assault. As Philly Mag has reported, the incident — which took place Sept. 11, 2014 at 16th and Chancellor — made international headlines. Information trickled out on social media and caused an uproar. Eventually, images of the incident were circulated and police released footage taken from the Republic Bank MAC machine surveillance camera of Knott’s group walking down 16th Street after the incident. Two of Knott’s co-defendants, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, accepted misdemeanors and received sentences of probation and community service — both men are barred from Center City for the duration of their probation.
One of the victims, Andrew Haught, suffered a broken jaw in the attack, and has a permanent scar on his face. His jaw had to be wired shut with 16 screws, and he missed two weeks of work. Zachary Hesse’s injuries were limited to black eyes.
The Pa. Senate is ready to vote to kick Attorney General Kathleen Kane out of office.
A special committee recommended last month that Kane be removed — but only if the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to reinstate her law license while she awaits trial on criminal charges she leaked secret grand jury information to the media. Well: On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to reinstate her license. PennLive says the Senate is ready to proceed. “The timeliness of the Supreme Court’s action is certainly appreciated, and given the Court’s denial of her request we will now move forward with addressing this matter before the full Senate,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said. If the Senate does vote to remove Kane, the final decision will rest with Gov. Tom Wolf. No date has yet been set for the vote.
Stadium talks resume at Temple University today, still without support from Mayor Kenney.
NewsWorks reports that Kenney wants Temple to address some non-football-related concerns of its North Philly neighbors before moving ahead with the stadium. “How would you feel if you lived in a neighborhood where you had young students who decide to party on a Wednesday at 2 a.m. in the morning, where they put trash out haphazardly or you have a neighborhood full of developers who are just irresponsible?” Kenney told the radio station. He told KYW he is trying to get the Eagles to reduce their rent demands for Temple to keep playing at the Linc. “I’m trying to hopefully get the Eagles to understand the economic situation that Temple’s in.” Kenney says, however, he’ll defer to Council President Darrell Clarke on the situation; the proposed stadium would be built in his district. Temple’s Board of Trustees holds a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in Feinstone Lounge on the second floor of Sullivan Hall on the Main Campus.
Winter is coming … again.
Philly.com says two snowstorms could hit the city in the next 48 hours, the first starting Monday night and continuing into Tuesday morning. NY NJ PA Weather reports heavy snowfall potential exists for the Philadelphia metro and western suburbs, northern Maryland, and northern Delaware. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, says to expect “possibly moderate coastal flooding” on Tuesday, “primarily for the Shore, Delaware beaches, and locations along the lower Delaware Bay.”
Philly’s Marvin Harrison has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Terrell Owens will have time on induction day to do situps in his driveway.
Philly Mag reports that Owens was not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Philadelphia product Marvin Harrison was, the selection committee announced Saturday night. Harrison will enter the Hall of Fame with Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr. When the committee cut the 15 modern-era finalists to 10, Owens was eliminated. The wide receiver played for five teams, including the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in receptions. Harrison, meanwhile, made it in his third year of eligibility. The Roman Catholic High School graduate, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, ranks third in NFL history in receptions, fifth in receiving touchdowns and seventh in receiving yards.
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