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A little cold this week, that’s for sure, and the frigid air made people do some angry, nutty things. Everyone got mad at the SRC over charter schools, #LOLSixers GM decided to trade his entire team and Philly’s district attorney started a big-time fight with Governor Tom Wolf. We recap these stories and more and inject a little music in the #BillyPennPlaylist (scroll to the bottom for Spotify).

“La La La,” Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith

Kids, you should probably just cover your ears for this one. All the adults got pissed this week when the SRC approved five new charter schools, too many for people against charter schools and not enough for charter school advocates. This story isn’t going to end anytime soon.

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“Summer Wind,” Frank Sinatra

When you’re walking around outside today — and have 30 minutes before your skin freezes — just imagine the wind is a little bit warmer and friendlier.

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“Perfect Gentleman,” Wyclef Jean

A stripper pole is apparently not sufficient for categorizing an establishment a strip club, according to the campaign team of Juan Rodriguez. This classification is relevant because Rodriguez announced his potential candidacy for mayor Thursday at a club that included a pole. But he prefers to think of it as a night club.

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“When I Dream of Michelangelo,” Counting Crows

We learned Philadelphia is home to the Sistine Chapel of ass on Thursday, when Padge Victoria Windslowe aka the Black Madam referred to herself in pretrial motions for her murder trial as the Michelangelo of butt injections.


“War Paint,” Ex Hex

Sometimes it seems Philly D.A. Seth Williams is rearing to fight every fellow Democrat in his state party. This week he decided to take on the Governor. Williams filed a petition with the state Supreme Court to reject Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium. He also called the moratorium a “fraud.”

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“Come On Over,” Shania Twain

Hey everybody come on over to “Ice House.” It’s an abandoned building that caught on fire and then got covered in ice after the firefighters soaked out the flames, and now it’s the hottest winter tour attraction in the city.


“Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” Peter, Paul and Mary

The #LOLSixers traded away pretty much their entire, awful team Thursday, including last season’s Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams, for more future draft picks. Center Joel Embiid commented: “someone tell me what’s going on please help.”


“Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” Soulja Boy

The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, is coming to Philadelphia next week to try and lure jobs back to his home state. He’s asking people interested in meeting him to call him this week and set up a meeting. Instead, PennLive is asking people to call him and threaten to poach Disney characters. His number is 850-488-7146. Send your love!

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“If You’re Never Gonna Move,” Jessie Ware

If Philadelphia wants its young people to never move away, it needs to get some more businesses in Center City, says Center City District Executive Director Paul Levy. Levy says if we want Philadelphia to continue to be an attraction we need to start thinking about the business climate and sustainable job creation.

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye feat. Tammi Terrell

For the love of God, please let area congresswoman Rosita Youngblood’s resolution to change the name of Negro Mountain — PA’s highest point — pass. She’s been trying for eight years and renewed her fight this week. C’mon guys.


Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...