Morning Headlines: Williams Resists Pressure to Charge McCoy

"The only timetable we have is justice, getting it right."

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Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The LeSean McCoy investigation is getting to be a real thorn in the side of D.A. Seth Williams.

Despite pressure to bring charges against McCoy, the former Eagles star caught on video in a brawl with off-duty cops, Williams says he won’t be rushed. NBC10 reports: “Philadelphians elected me to charge the right people with the right crimes. Nothing more, nothing less. The only timetable we have is justice, getting it right,” Williams told news crews Thursday. “That would be a miscarriage of justice for me to charge, to arrest the wrong people, or to not charge people that should be charged. The only way we can do that is by asking lots of questions.”

Justice Michael Eakin doesn’t seem to have a deal in the “Porngate” scandal after all.

The Court of Judicial Discipline, instead of accepting the deal worked out with a mediator, told lawyers file additional documents in the case — to the consternation of Eakins’ lawyer, NewsWorks reports. “There’s no mystery here. He sent out 18 emails. He’s accepted responsibility,” William Costopoulos said. “We sent out the 18 emails. We shouldn’t have done it; we apologize; we’re never going to do it again. What’s there to try?” Both sides in the case have until Monday to file.

Mayor Jim Kenney wants to spend a lot of money making over Philly’s public spaces.

Philly Mag’s Holly Otterbein reports: Mayor Jim Kenney just revealed his most meaningful proposal to date, one that could become the signature accomplishment of his first term if he pulls it off. According to PlanPhilly, which first broke the news, Kenney is going to propose selling $300 million in bonds in order to repair Philadelphia’s parks, recreation centers and libraries at his budget address next week. He hopes to raise another $200 million for the massive initiative from the state, feds and nonprofit organizations. “When we have a football league in South Philadelphia where we have suburban people come into our communities and look at what our kids have to play with, and then our kids go out to the suburbs and play in pristinely manicured fields, it makes us feel like second-class citizens, and we’re not,” he told the website.

Renee Tartaglione has pleaded not guilty to bilking the non-profit agency she led.

The Inquirer reports the daughter of the politically powerful family — her mother is former elections chief Margaret Tartaglione, her sister is State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione pleaded not guilty to 53 counts of conspiracy and fraud, accused of treating Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic as a personal slush fund. “We’ve reviewed the indictment microscopically,” her lawyer said. “From what we’ve been able to initially determine, the allegations are tissue-thin.” Tartaglione, as she left the hearing, added: “I’m feeling good. I’m feeling confident.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art finally has an Edward Hopper painting in its collection.

The New York Times reports the museum has acquired “Road and Trees,” Hopper’s 1962 painting of trees silhouetted against the sky. When Hopper was painting, the museum wasn’t really focused on acquiring contemporary American art,” said Timothy Rub, the museum’s director. “Now, it’s almost too difficult for museums to acquire.” The painting is part of a 50-piece collection — containing works from Cy Twombly, Philip Guston, Paul Thek, Eva Hesse and Albert Pinkham Ryder — bequeathed to the museum from the late Daniel W. Dietrich II. Dietrich also donated $10 million to an endowment for the museum. Said Rub: “All sorts of new things become possible as a consequence of an endowment like this.”

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