DAILY GRINDER: Philadelphia Man Arrested on Suspicion of Helping #OWS Dump Shit
A 25-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested on suspicion of helping Occupy Wall Street protesters drag and dump containers of human feces and urine in Lower Manhattan. According to the New York Police Department, OWS members dragged “large quantities of human urine and feces” into an open air plaza at the corner of Nassau and Cedar Streets, the dumped the shit down a stairwell and into a Chase Manhattan Bank vestibule. It’s sort of like Project Mayhem, from Fight Club, except with shit. Long story short: This should help the movement’s image, most definitely.
Here’s SEPTA’s statement on the Transit Police strike, unparagraphed: “SEPTA was notified early this afternoon by Fraternal Order of Transit Police that SEPTA police officers would go out on strike as of 2:00 pm this afternoon. While SEPTA management was hoping to negotiate a new contract without a strike, we have implemented a contingency plan to deal with this situation. We do not anticipate this labor action will affect any transit operations or service. SEPTA has hired a private firm to provide security at our major transit facilities, beginning tomorrow. We have an agreement with the Philadelphia Police Department to immediately begin periodic checks of our stations and vehicles 24 hours a day, with an increase presence at our key stations during school dismissal between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm and during rush hour. We have also notified the area police departments who cover the SEPTA transit system region-wide — including Temple, Upper Darby, Amtrak, University of Pennsylvania and PATCO.”
A large group, including the NAACP, rallied outside PennDOT yesterday to protest Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law, as well as, well—get IDs. One woman claimed she was in and out in 20 minutes with an ID, no harm done. Several groups are filing lawsuits against the bill.
A body pulled from the Schuylkill River on Tuesday was 29-year old mechanical engineering professor Nagesh Idupulapati of Drexel University. The Medical Examiner’s office doesn’t yet have a manner of death.
The city has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the family of a man who, while unarmed was killed by a Philadelphia Police Officer at an East Germantown home during a 2008 New Year’s Eve party.
Philly also still owes $877 thousand for the Boy Scouts’ eviction case.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s new, bright idea: Get rid of the Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund. The fund, which helps pay for parks, recreation facilities, baseball fields, community polls, hiking trails and the like, was passed as a referendum in 1993 by a 65-35 vote. Drill baby, drill.