Newsletter for Monday, March 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Nothing says Easter like our mayor in Bunny ears; photo via @cheesesteakbluetelescope on Instagram.
PHILLY STILL HAS A MARCH MADNESS TEAM
Holy smokes, this is big. The Villanova Wildcats are in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament — the only (sort of) Philly school left after Temple and St. Joe’s were defeated in Rounds one and two, respectively. The Inquirer has a story about ‘Nova’s win Saturday and the team’s March Madness history. Even though the Wildcats have been more successful than other local teams in the tournament in recent years, being in the Final Four is a pretty huge deal for the team. Their game against the Oklahoma Sooners is Saturday.
MCGINTY GETS NATIONAL LOVE FOR PA’S U.S. SENATE SEAT
There’s an interesting race going on right now among the three Democrats vying to replace incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, and Philly native Katie McGinty just got a big win with the endorsement of the national Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. Dave Davies wrote for NewsWorks about why this is sort of unusual. This is far from an open-and-shut case for McGinty, though. A recent poll has Joe Sestak leading with 36 percent of the vote, followed by McGinty with 14 percent and tough-talking Braddock, Pa. Mayor John Fetterman with 7 percent.
Monday is the deadline to participate in the April 26 primary. You can even do it online. No excuses.
Where: Online or in person at 520 N. Columbus Blvd. (Voter Reg Ofc) or Rm 142 City Hall (Bd of Elections)
When: March 28, 2016 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE UNLIKELIEST PERSON KEPT THE PHILLY PHLASH TOURIST SHUTTLE ALIVE
The Philly Phlash hit the streets last week, marking the earliest start ever for the bright purple buses that run in a loop from Penn’s Landing to the Art Museum, and it’s all thanks to Harrisburg. No, really. The popular tourist shuttle — which last year gave 190,000 rides to and from city’s main attractions — covers nearly three quarters of its operating budget with money from the state, making it one of those (cough, uncommon, cough) cases where lawmakers in the capital OKed funding for something that mostly just benefits Philadelphia. Here’s the story of the Philly Phlash and the people who keep the wheels turning.
A CLOSER LOOK AT OPIOID ADDICTION AROUND PHILLY
If you haven’t perused NBC10’s series on opioid addiction in the region, make some time. The digital document explores the problem in and around Philadelphia from the perspective of addicts and their loved ones, as well as the medical professionals and policymakers working (or not) on prevention and recovery. Start here.