Newsletter for Friday, April 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Amazing Technicolor Rowhome; photo via @alexisjlewis on Instagram.
SEPTA RESCUE: AFTER MAN FALLS ON EL TRACKS, ANOTHER JUMPS TO SAVE HIM
Channel 6 has a video up now of a rescue on the El tracks earlier this week. The station says a man named Alfred McNamee was walking on the platform for the westbound train at 15th and Market when he tripped and fell on the tracks. As other commuters ran for help, 28-year-old Charles Collins of South Philly (clad in an Eagles jacket) jumped down and saved him. McNamee seems like he’s pretty badly hurt; per Action News, he’s suffering from broken back, a shattered knee, broken ribs, and a severe injury to his spleen. (While SEPTA is glad nobody was killed, they stressed someone should have ran to the cashier’s area for help… to stop the next train.)
PHILLY’S LEAKY GAS: A DANGEROUS, EARTH-WARMING PROBLEM
Philly’s gas pipes are old and leaking — in fact, there’s a startling amount of potentially explosive stuff seeping into the ground in these parts. And there’s not much the city can do quickly to fix it. The amount of pipes Philadelphia has that are made up of an antiquated material is higher than any other utility company in the country, and the city’s sometimes-100-year-old gas mains are springing upwards of 2,000 leaks per year. These leaks can cause explosions and are slowly pushing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming on a huge scale. And the city and the state simply don’t have enough money to quickly take care of it.
TO DO: A MURAL WALKING TOUR
WHAT: Explore the world’s largest art gallery on foot with two Mural Mile routes, offered north and south of Market Street.
WHERE: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM
HOW MUCH: $20 per person
BILLY PENN LIKES
MEET THE BLIND MELON GUITARIST WHO’S NOW A PHILLY LAWYER
In the early ’90s, “No Rain” and its famous bee-girl video seemed to be playing on MTV in an endless loop, and Blind Melon was touring with the biggest names in rock. And now guitarist Rogers Stevens has a totally different line of work: He drives every morning from Swarthmore to Center City, as a lawyer at the white-shoe law firm Ballard Spahr. Here’s why, for this ex-rocker, music is now a side job.
SPRING FLING 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PENN’S BIG PARTY
There will be neon. There will be insane frat parties. There will be people who go to the hospital because they drank too much. Welcome to Penn’s yearly springtime bingefest! The event taking place this weekend, also known as Spring Fling, happens every year and starts with a university-sanctioned concert that riles everyone up right on campus. This weekend, Kesha’s going to be headlining with her hits like “Blow” (ha) and “Die Young” while thousands of Penn students lose their minds. The annual party’s been going on at the University of Pennsylvania for years.