Top 5 Live –WURD Friday February 13
1. It’s official: Philadelphia to host 2016 Democratic Convention
Philadelphia has been selected to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced this morning.
The city beat out Columbus, Ohio, and Brooklyn, for the event, which will take place the week of July 25, 2016.
“In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering,” Schultz said in a statement.
2. Paid sick leave signed into Philadelphia law
Mayor Nutter signed mandatory paid sick leave into law Thursday, the same day City Council passed the legislation before a crowd of cheering workers.
“The people who do not have paid sick leave are the people who need it the most,” said Councilman William K. Greenlee, the bill’s sponsor. “They’re low-income workers, single mothers, they’re college students or people just starting in the workforce.”
3. Keystone pipeline bill heads to Obama, veto expected
President Barack Obama will have 10 days to issue a veto on a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline once it hits his desk, now that the House has passed a final version, 270-152.
Twenty-nine Democrats voted with Republicans on Wednesday to pass the measure, which Obama has repeatedly said he will veto.
He believes the decision to build the pipeline should rest with the executive branch. Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash was the only Republican to vote against the legislation.
4. Eagles calendar features Riley Cooper for Black History Month
“We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar. We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”
“If anything, it was an honest mistake.”
That’s what Eagles PR rep Brett Strohsacker told TMZ about a controversy over the featured photo of Riley Cooper for Black History Month on the Eagles’ 2015 team calendar.
5. Man sues police for barrage of gunfire that hit him after he delivered cheeseburger
Philippe Holland, a pizza delivery man who was shot by Philadelphia police, has filed a suit against the city. He was hit in the neck, leg, and head when officers fired 14 shots at his car after he made a delivery in West Philadelphia.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has said the shooting was “unfortunate all around.” He could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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