Morning Headlines: Is Chris Christie Veep Material?
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:
In most years, Chris Christie would have no hopes of the vice-presidential nomination. This year…
The New York Times takes a gander at Chris Christie’s chances at winning the GOP’s veep nomination this summer and notes one big obstacle: The trial of his aides in the George Washington Bridge scandal is scheduled for September — effectively putting Christie’s administration on trial right at the height of the election campaign. On the other hand, the paper notes, Donald Trump might be the presidential nominee — and who knows what the heck he might decide? “When you combine his personality, the negatives against him, his geography and the Bridgegate trial, most rational candidates would not touch Christie with a 10-foot pole,” says one observer. “But the reality is, who can project what Donald Trump’s actions will be?”
Aramark could move its headquarters out of town.
Philly Mag’s David Gambacorta: Aramark, one of Philadelphia’s most famous corporate residents, could be looking to move its headquarters elsewhere. That’s according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, which broke the news of Aramark’s potential move Thursday afternoon. The company occupies 350,000 square feet of its building at 1101 Market Street — you know, the one with the red star-shaped person at the top — and another 50,000 square feet in the Wanamaker building. Aramark spokesman Chris Collom told the Business Journal that the company’s lease expires in 2018, and is thus mulling its options.
“As a public company, we have a responsibility to our shareholders to completely assess all available choices. That includes remaining in Philadelphia or possibly relocating,” Collom said. “We have been working closely with city and state officials in a number of locations and will make our final decision soon.”
Historic Commission: “Gentle Don’s” home shouldn’t get an official historic designation.
Supporters said the South Philly rowhome of former mob boss Angelo Bruno deserved preservation because of the scrutiny he attracted at the height of the Kennedy Administration’s mafia crackdown efforts. But WHYY reports commission members didn’t agree. “Even things that can be construed as negative places of significance are often places that society considers significant and wants to keep,” said Jeffrey Cohen, a member of the commission. “It’s really the connection and the depth of the connection.”
With new Catholic sex scandals emerging, Archbishop Charles Chaput wants Philadelphians to be reassured.
In recent weeks, Attorney General Kathleen Kane has revealed the Altoona diocese hid molestation cases for decades, and then brought charges against Franciscan friars in a separate matter. Now Chaput has offered an op-ed to the Inquirer, acknowledging the new stories have dredged up painful memories of Philadelphia scandals.
“We’ve made progress,” he writes. “Today, the archdiocese has a zero-tolerance policy for clergy, lay employees, and volunteers who engage in misconduct with children, and it takes immediate action when an accusation is made. Any allegation of abuse must be reported immediately to law enforcement, and any substantiated allegation against a member of the clergy results in immediate removal from ministry.” He concludes: “Our work of helping survivors heal, protecting our people, and purifying the Church will go on – permanently.”
Philly has three teams playing in the NCAA tournament today.
Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade: The NCAA tournament is here! Three city teams made the NCAA tournament. They all play today. Villanova plays first. A No. 2 seed in the South, the Wildcats tip off at 12:40 p.m. on TruTV (channel 841 on Comcast) against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Temple plays a half hour after the Villanova game ends. The 10th-seeded Owls are led by senior guard Quenton DeCosey, who averages 15.6 points a game. Saint Joseph’s plays around 10 p.m. on Friday night in Spokane, Washington.
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