Newsletter for Thursday, March 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This blaze, knocked down by firefighters last night, still has the Academy Road ramps to I-95 closed. Photo via @freckledbrunette on Instagram.
MASSIVE NORTHEAST FIRE: 5 HURT, 100 DISPLACED
A fire raged through an apartment complex for hours Tuesday afternoon, sending five people to the hospital and a hundred into Red Cross shelters. The blaze at Rita Grace Manor on the 9100 block of Academy Road started in a utility room in the basement just before 5 PM, and was whipped up by gusty winds. The conflagration grew to four alarms, and forced residents out of their homes and into a temporary shelter at nearby Abraham Lincoln High School. Firefighters declared the scene under control at 8 PM, but as of this morning the Academy Road ramps to and from I-95 are still closed.
MILLENNIALS COULD TOTALLY UPEND #PHL2015
It’s just math, guys. Millennials could decide the face of city politics right now, and it would be really, really easy to do so. As of last week, 338,877 voters between the ages of 18 and 34 were registered in Philadelphia County, according to the office of the City Commissioners. If even 20 percent of all those voters showed up and supported a candidate they believed to best fit their interests, they would greatly influence the May primary. If 40 percent showed up, they could sway the election however they wanted. The problem? Getting them to show up.
TO DO: SWORD-SWALLOWING AND TATTOOS
WHAT: Ancients Ink’d, a presentation by the Young Friends of the Penn Museum featuring a lecture on body modification through the ages and a performance (including sword-swallowing and and a bed of nails) by Olde City Sideshow.
WHERE: The Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
WHEN: 6-9:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $20 ($15 for Young Friends members) + cash bar
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PSA: YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE AND BUY LIQUOR ALL AT ONCE
Here’s how easy it is to register to vote: You can do it while you’re buying whiskey. Yep, they don’t just call ’em “state stores” because you buy booze from Pennsylvania there. Oh, and you can register by mail and whatnot… Here’s the rundown.
HOW PHILLY COPS HANDLED CAR BLOCKING OFFICER WILSON’S FUNERAL
Look, it could be urban legend. Heaven knows everything on Imgur isn’t real. But this photo, which appears to be from a Philly police officer’s Facebook feed, purports to show a car blocking the driveway for Sgt. Robert Wilson’s funeral procession Saturday. What happened next is in the photo, and it’s worth a click. Via /r/philadelphia on Reddit.