Good morning, Philly. I've got some good news for you: the weather's looking good for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade. In the meantime, we've got updates on the West Chester nursing home fire, a White House decision set to affect thousands of Philadelphians, and much more.
— Aubrey Nagle
Sinkholes, unauthorized installations—Sunoco Pipeline is in big trouble with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Last week, the DEP issued three different citations for incidents in Chester, Berks and Dauphin counties.
They're all related to the $2.5 billion Mariner East project that Sunoco is building to convey Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids to a terminal in Marcus Hook. The project has met much resistance, especially in Delaware and Chester counties where four Democratic opponents of the pipeline just won historic races for township supervisor to combat it.
Just this summer Sunoco agreed to more stringent oversight of the project after it muddied homeowners' water wells in Chester County. Life comes at you fast.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale just spent six months reviewing the $10 million the state gave to the Democratic National Committee to host its convention in Philadelphia last year. The result? He's asking the IRS to investigate whether two bonuses the committee gave to staff members were legal.
It was revealed in May that the DNC Host Committee gave out $1 million in bonuses to staff and volunteers, despite declaring they'd give their $4 million surplus to charity. The controversial move prompted Gov. Tom Wolf to order the audit and Democratic powerbroker David L. Cohen even parted ways with colleague Ed Rendell over the issue. Rendell claimed there had been no "double dipping."
Another day, another abuse of power? Yesterday, a second woman accused Sen. Al Franken of groping her at a state fair in 2010. Prominent New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended pending an investigation into multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint from a female staffer who claims she was fired for rejecting his sexual advances.
Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman came forward to say she was not paid to tell her story, as Moore's supporters have alleged. And finally (for yesterday, at least), The Washington Post published a scathing report on longtime television host Charlie Rose, in which eight women allege he sexually harassed them. He has since been suspended by CBS News and PBS.
In light of continued revelations of sexual misconduct by public figures, our vocabulary on the topic is shifting. What's the difference between a "womanizer," a "harasser," and a "creep"? We asked and you answered.
We want to see what our community looks like through your eyes. Show us the park that your family walks through every weekend with the dog, the block party in your neighborhood or the historic stretch you see every morning on your commute to work.
Developer Bart Blatstein's Rittenhouse mansion is predictably over-the-top, but that doesn't make the details any less envy-inducing. It has a pool and a tennis court.