Newsletter for Friday, Jan. 15
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This rainbow home in West Philly wins the day; photo via @goekeblood on Instagram.
EAGLES TO HIRE CHIEFS OC DOUG PEDERSON AS NEXT HEAD COACH
It seems that Jeff Lurie and the Eagles have finally made a pick to replace Chip Kelly as the Birds’ new head coach — and it’s a familiar name. According to The Daily News, the Eagles have settled on Doug Pederson, the current Chiefs offensive coordinator who works under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Pederson is a former Eagles quarterbacks coach who was mentored by Reid and, as a current offensive coordinator, can’t be officially hired until after the Chiefs’ season ends. The Birds’ front office didn’t confirm the decision, except to say that no more interviews have been scheduled. Welcome (back) to Philly, Doug.
BOK BUILDING’S 1ST FLOOR FILLS UP: ‘THEY CAME TO US’
This summer, the action at the old Bok Technical School was on the roof. It turned into Le Bok Fin, a beer garden that was one of the most popular — and polarizing — hotspots in Philadelphia. Now the action is happening on the first floor. Bok has filled up. Scout Ltd. has leased all the available room on the first floor as a workspace for about 15 companies, from artists to small businesses to nonprofits to a hatmaker. Here’s what’s going on in the old Bok building now and what might happen to that controversial roof.
KENNEY BLASTS CONSERVATIVE NAYSAYERS
In the days since Jim Kenney said Islam “had nothing to do” with the shooting of officer Jesse Hartnett in West Philly, he’s felt the heat from conservatives. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio called his comments “ridiculous.” Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh referred to him as the “Looney Tune mayor.” GOP-leaning comedian Dennis Miller even weighed in. Kenney clarified his comments from last week and responded to his critics Thursday during a press conference with commissioner Richard Ross and U.S. Senator Bob Casey — warning commentators to pay attention to the FBI and police.
Ben Franklin turns 310 this year! Celebrate with toasts and songs delivered by your favorite Franklin re-enactor, and enjoy snacks and drinks from Old City pubs. This is the first of four dates for this event.
Where: Historic Philadelphia at Sixth and Chestnut streets 19106
When: January 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
How much: $40 - $45
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TOM WOLF’S ROCKY ROOKIE YEAR AS PA GOVERNOR
Governor Tom Wolf went from the man in the Jeep who’d get things done to a man with no budget, six months after it’s due. The governor’s first year is ending in partisan Harrisburg gridlock. Some temporary money — especially for schools — has begun flowing thanks to a line item veto at the end of 2015. And some Philly politics-watchers assert that the region has a friend in Wolf, one that didn’t exist in former Gov. Tom Corbett. So how’s he done, overall? We took a look.
SHEETZ AND WAWA ARE BATTLING FOR EMPLOYEES
Pennsylvania’s most popular convenience stores — the two that are most often the subject of heated arguments — aren’t just fighting for customers. They’re fighting for employees. According to The (Allentown) Morning Call, Sheetz and Wawa are both jacking up employee pay and benefits as they compete for workers. On Wednesday, Sheetz announced its plans to increase starting wage to $10 an hour. Hours later, Wawa announced it would also be upping its starting wage to $10 an hour. Coincidence? You decide.