Let's hear it for the little guy in this morning's David-and-Goliath tale. A settlement between Doylestown Borough and Verizon over the placement of wireless cells was a big victory for small-town charm. The question now facing other local municipalities: can we pull that off? Meanwhile, in national news, yesterday the President's longtime lawyer and his former campaign chairman both came away from court proceedings guilty. You won't stop hearing about either case anytime soon.
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When Verizon proposed placing dozens of boxy 5G wireless cells with five-foot antennas all around Doylestown Borough, residents' reactions were pretty predictable: uh, no.
So officials spent $150,000 to defend the borough, winning the right to reduce the number of poles, camouflage and relocate some of them, and (surprisingly) take a share in the revenues from each cell.
But the big win will be hard for other municipalities to replicate. Harrisburg lawmakers are considering legislation that would strip municipalities of zoning oversight when telecom companies want to place cells.
Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime fixer and personal lawyer, implicated Trump in campaign finance crimes after pleading guilty to eight criminal charges Tuesday.
Cohen told a judge that he participated in two campaign finance violations at the direction of a candidate for federal office (understood to be Trump) in order to influence the 2016 election.
Also on Tuesday, Paul Manafort, who for months led Trump's successful presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes.
Good news: arrests for intoxicated driving have dropped precipitously — a full 33 percent — in Philadelphia over much of the past decade. The statewide drop over the same period was only 13 percent.
From 2015 to 2017, in fact, Philly DUI arrests dropped by 14 percent. What else happened during that time? Uber and Lyft exploded in Philadelphia.
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