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Local Shamrock Shake showdown ☘️

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Riders get trapped in stations after SEPTA ‘hardens’ the system

When public transit riders vanished with the pandemic, people living on Philadelphia streets increasingly used train tunnels as shelter.

  • In response, SEPTA locked doors and cordoned off huge sectors of its downtown stations. Though ridership is starting to return, the gates remain shuttered.

But now people are getting trapped in the maze of impediments, Jake Blumgart reports for Billy Penn, or exit fearing for their safety.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake vs. Wawa mint matcha

Matcha shakes aren’t new to Wawa, but the convenience store chain has recently promoted them as part of a special St. Patrick’s Day menu.

  • But how does Wawa’s offering stack up to the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, the famed classic that originated with a Philly connection?

Wonder no more. The Billy Penn team conducted a milkshake taste test so you don’t have to.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney is out of town on a personal trip this week. His administration is hosting its first annual Newcomer Hiring Month, to encourage hiring of immigrants and refugees. A virtual employer orientation session takes place Friday.


🌮 Billy Penn event: Join us for news and history trivia about the city you love! Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, win a $50 gift card if you get the top score. Don’t miss the bonus music trivia round. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

🎷 Calling all jazz lovers and happy hour enthusiasts: Brass band and Rittenhouse party starter Snacktime is taking over the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus for a free performance ahead of their first album. (4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 18)

📰 Billy Penn partner event: Deputy editor Beatrice Forman helps moderate “Shift the Narrative: A Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting,” presented by PCGVR, PABJ, Young Chances Foundation, and Philly Truce. (1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1)

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