Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The big Nor’easter/clipper system/”bombogenesis”/snowpocalypse event that every TV station was hyping turned out to be a dusting to an inch of snow; Bumble the Abominable Snowman is not needed. Photo via Instagram user @hissingofsummerlawns.
BIG SNOWSTORM SHIFTS EAST, SPARES PHILLY
Wow, that was kind of a let-down. After the Weather Channel and local TV meteorologists made a fuss about potentially historic snowfall, the Philly region got an inch or two of snow in late January… Not exactly the stuff of history. What happened? The big storm everyone was talking about shifted east, but only after news of what might happen caused a snow emergency, closed schools and canceled hundreds of flights. In other words: We’re all good… until next time.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA MAY BE COMING TO PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania, believe it or not, might take the plunge and legalize medical marijuana this year. Why? Some GOP lawmakers are OK with it; and after all, studies have shown that cannabis is a more effective drug than any to treat some diseases from cancer to epilepsy. So PA might join 23 states that have legalized pot for medical purposes. Today, two state senators will announce their plans for a bill that’d legalize medical marijuana, and two representatives in the House have already said they’ll do so, too. Here’s the statewide low-down on getting high for your health.
WHY IT COSTS MILLIONS TO BE PHILLY’S MAYOR
To be mayor of Philadelphia you need millions of dollars — and that’s either money you already had, or that your campaign received by soliciting contributions. The latter is tricky in Philadelphia because candidates for city office are limited by contribution caps set at $2,900 for individuals and $11,500 for organizations. How much money do mayoral candidates usually spend? Who do they get it from? And where on Earth does all that money go? Billy Penn answers in this primer on campaign cash.
TO DO: WATCH PHILLY THINGS ON NETFLIX
WHAT: Netflix, everyone’s favorite streaming service, is prob your best option in this #snowpocalypse; we found several Philly-like things (from the Tom Hanks movie to the short-lived ABC series)
WHERE: Your couch (or bed)
WHEN: Allll day
HOW MUCH: Whatever you’re already paying
BILLY PENN LIKES
SNOW IN PHILLY: AMAZING PICS FROM THE ARCHIVES
Thanks to what looked like a lot of snow headed to the Philadelphia area, the city prepared Monday for its first snow day of the season. For fun, we looked back at snow days of Philadelphia’s past and picked out 10 of the coolest photos. All of the photos are from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, via Temple University Libraries.
TIPS FOR MAY GRADS: HOW TO GET HIRED (START LOOKING NOW)
Getting a job can seem like a job itself for college seniors, as May graduates are cranking out applications and updating resumes to apply for positions in the area. In an effort to make things a bit easier, we talked to three different Philly-area recruiters to get tips and tricks for snagging the job you *actually* want.