Locally, we have stories today focusing on what it means to have your car “courtesy towed” (Hint: it might not end up going so well), the future of the bankrupt oil refinery in South Philly, and a New Jersey family’s charitable plan for some of their Powerball winnings.
In Philly, getting “courtesy towed” means that a legally parked vehicle must be “relocated” by police, the Parking Authority, or a private tow company to clear the street for an event, repaving, or utility work. But what happens next can sometimes become worrying.
It can turn into a true Dude, Where’s My Car? moment.
My colleagues recently spoke with more than a dozen people with disappearing-car stories. Reddit and other online message boards are full of Philly drivers seeking courtesy-tow advice or venting about their experience. The reporters found that the “courtesy tow” system is old, and can be comically inefficient as it relies on conflicting policies and shoddy record-keeping. Or, as a police spokesperson put it, “logistical hurdles.”
Bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions has agreed to sell its shuttered South Philly refinery complex. The buyer is a Chicago development company that has experience repurposing old industrial properties for new uses. That could mean that the site might be moving past its 150-year history as a petroleum refinery.
For example, Hilco Redevelopment Partners has acquired old power plant sites in Boston and New Jersey, and is building warehouses on a former steel mill site in Baltimore.
As Democrats and Republicans expressed their differences over virtually every aspect of both the trial and President Trump’s conduct, they agreed on one thing: Impeachment is a test that will measure Congress’ ability to handle one of the most contentious questions possible in an already divided nation.
Yesterday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presided over arguments by Democratic House members and Trump’s attorneys while members of the Senate listened.
Anyone escaping Philly for somewhere warm any time soon? Great pic, @jeffphl. 🛫
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“It didn’t matter to Cape May residents that he was a Democrat and we voted Republican. He got things done for us. Everyone knew Jeff stood for his district. So when he voted against the impeachment of President Trump, it came as no surprise to us. Finally quitting the Democratic Party and joining the one he sided for all along? That wasn’t earth-shattering news either.” — Cape May resident Jackie Schifalacqua, a retired jockey and PR agent, about President Trump’s impending visit to Wildwood and the area’s support for Rep. Jeff Van Drew.