So yeah, it seems sledding down the Art Museum steps is actually illegal. That's what Philly Police confirmed to Billy Penn in advance of yesterday's storm. The city's most popular sledding spot is technically private property, and it opens up the museum to premises liability (a.k.a. they could get sued if you get hurt). PPD said cops would stop anyone found sledding at the steps — and claimed they've actually done it in the past. Really? For what it's worth, a spokesperson said the museum doesn't mind the sledders, so long as everyone stays safe
We didn't end up getting too much accumulation yesterday, but there was more outside the city than in it. Which got us wondering, why do Philly’s western suburbs always get more snow? Hope you're not hungry, because in short, the answer is that Philadelphia's like a hot potato and the 'burbs are like broccoli. At least according to popular local blogger The Weather Guy. Bryn Mawr prof Don Barber backs up that analogy and provides more reasoning — those hills that start just northwest of the city. Here's a quick lesson in topography and geology that explains the difference in forecasts.
The Eagles have reportedly agreed to a trade with the Seahawks that'll bring defensive end Michael Bennett to Philly next season. Sports chatter is all about which of the Super Bowl champs will have to leave the team to make room (Vinny Curry could be outta there) but there's also another narrative buzzing around. Bennett is one of the league's most outspoken players, politically, and some have said he's being traded to restore "quiet" to the Seattle locker room. On Twitter, Bennett celebrated his new team with a shout to "Free Meek Mill."
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey teamed up to get a $12 million TIGER Grant for the Schuylkill River Trail, the legislators announced in a joint press release this week. The money will be used to connect the east end of the trail at Grays Ferry Crescent with 34th Street on the west side. Per renderings released, the river will be spanned with a new cable bridge. Construction is set to begin in 2020; the total cost of the project is $36 million.
- We went out for lunch to celebrate our new newsroom and had a super satisfying meal at Rooster Soup Co., newly under the direction of chef George Sabatino. Word of advice: Do not miss his mushroom cheesesteak. The burger and chicken schnitzel sandwich are pretty good, too. And it all helps feed hungry Philadelphians.
- For International Women's Day, Mónica profiled Hannah Callowhill Penn, aka William Penn's wife. Her story isn't known by most Philadelphians, but it is worth hearing. Stay tuned for that later today.
- Both Mónica and Michaela are now ready to report for duty as fact-checkers, so we need your help: Hear a politician — or any public official — say something that just doesn't sound right? Send us a note at email@example.com and we'll dig into it.
A pair of unusual and acclaimed jewelry designers are pairing for this Fishtown show. Tyler Thrasher works with "nature and its respective curiosities," which is another way of saying he grows crystals on dead insects and skeletons and turns them into wearable art. The result is stunningly beautiful, as his 135k Instagram followers can attest. Doug Bucci is a professor at Tyler School of Art and also has pieces in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. His jewelry is often based on medical data — but you'd never recognize it.
Where: The Convent Philly at 1648 E. Berks St., 19125
When: March 9, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free