Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
IT’S INAUGURATION DAY: WE HAVE A NEW GOVERNOR, GUYS
Today, Tom Wolf drops the -elect from his title and becomes Governor of Pennsylvania. (In a new poll, the Man From York Who Drove A Jeep is also super-popular, but keep in mind he hasn’t, uh, done anything yet.) The festivities are in Harrisburg today, and the party’s in Hershey tonight — follow Billy Penn‘s Anna Orso, who’s going to be active on the social media from Central Pennsylvania. (She drew the short straw.)
WHAT THE POPE WILL DO IN PHILLY
When Pope Francis arrives in the city for the World Meeting of Families this September, he’ll likely visit a children’s hospital (CHOP?) or a juvenile prison, the Catholic News Agency revealed Monday. He’ll hold a prayer vigil on the 26th and a Mass on the 27th. He’ll start the U.S. trip in Washington, D.C., scoot up to New York City for a bit, and then swing down to Philly for a few days — but, the story notes, “the focus will really be Philadelphia.” So we’ve got that going for us.
WHY WE GOT BLINDSIDED BY SUNDAY’S ICE STORM
Nobody saw it coming: The storm that left surfaces around the city and suburbs sickeningly slick seemed to come out of nowhere. (And this in a region where competitive forecasting — Super Doppler! Real Feel Temps! First Look Forecasts! — are a staple on TV news.) And yet nary a peep from Hurricane Schwartz or Cecily Tynan about this one — why? The Inquirer‘s Anthony Wood has the answer: The air was a few degrees colder, and the rain came a few hours sooner, than everyone expected.
TO DO: TALK ABOUT LOVE PARK’S FUTURE
WHAT: Review the findings of PennPraxis’ community conversations about how to renovate LOVE Park.
WHERE: Free Library, Central Branch — Skyline Room
WHEN: 5:30-8 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
BETTER SAFER, PAT’S OR GENO’S?
On the heels of its restaurant inspection database, The Inquirer looked at food safety at cheesesteak landmarks Pat’s and Geno’s. One had mold on the Pepsi nozzle; the other’s Whiz wasn’t hot enough (tho all problems have been fixed… ew.) Far more info about temperature, soda flow and other details are here.
HOW PHILLY LEADERS, NONPROFITS SPENT MLK JR DAY
D.A. Seth Williams tweeted Martin Luther King Jr.’s mugshot; council president Darrell Clarke opted for a sculpture. Meanwhile, across the city, buildings and city blocks were cleaned, freshened up and given new coats of paint for the National Day of Service. Here’s how Philly did Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Oh, and thousands took to the streets in a crowd that reporters estimated at 5,000 — the protest, The Inquirer reports, was “what organizers (called) an effort to reclaim a more assertive and confrontational vision of King’s legacy.”