Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 30
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The Chip Kelly memes did not disappoint on Tuesday night (Instagram via @djserious3000).
EAGLES LOSE THEIR CHIP
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday evening head coach Chip Kelly had been “released” by the team after spending three seasons in Philly, with one game left to go in this 6-9 season. While the Eagles didn’t offer a reason for the swift move to end Kelly’s tenure, they did announce that more details will be revealed at a press conference today at noon. ESPN said owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted to strip Kelly of his control over the team’s personnel, and Kelly didn’t want to do that. The bombshell made for a pretty crazy Tuesday night. Here are the best fan reactions to the news.
TOM WOLF’S LINE ITEM VETO: A GO-TO POWER PLAY MOVE
In an angsty press conference Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he would “line-item veto” a budget plan sent to his desk that doesn’t include many of the items on his wish list. So he’s releasing some state funds to programs but vetoing the parts of the budget he’s not happy with. The practice of the line-item veto in Pennsylvania was once called “rarely used,” but as Harrisburg has become more partisan in the last decade or so, both former Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Corbett used the practice. Here’s a look at the practice of the line-item veto in Pennsylvania.
BOSTON PROVES PHILLY CAN’T BLAME SOFTWARE FOR L&I WOES
A report commissioned by Mayor Nutter basically exonerated the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, after an Inquirer series exposed some shady practices there. In no small part, the report – issued last week – cast blame on its data management system, Hansen, which the report called inefficient and outdated. But a review of Philadelphia’s public records, as well as how this software is implemented elsewhere, call into question whether blaming Hansen really makes sense. This system isn’t only used in Philadelphia, and it works best when it’s updated regularly. So what is this software system, what other cities use it, and — crucially — is Philly using it correctly?
Whether you're interested in starting 2016 feeling extra-centered or just want to prepare for NYE madness, hit up this yoga session, which takes place among the artworks. Free after admission.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: December 30, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Museum admission ($14-$20)
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HERE’S WHO WON THE ULTIMATE PHILLY COOKIE BRACKET
How many cookies did you scarf down over the past month? Wait — no one wants to answer that one. A kinder question: How many different kinds of cookies did you eat? There are so many that we had trouble narrowing it down when we put together our Ultimate Holiday Cookie Bracket at the beginning of December. But we did, and came up with 32 cookies that each represented a different Philly tradition. There were butter cookies and snickerdoodles, chrusciki and thin mints, gingersnaps and macaroons. Here’s the cookie you voted to no. 1 in our bracket.
HOW, WHERE AND WHEN TO RECYCLE THAT XMAS TREE
The Philadelphia Streets Departments wants you to please recycle your Christmas tree. For the 27th year, the city is launching Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program. The Streets Departments says recycling your tree cut downs on the major additional waste that goes through the city systems around the holidays. And remember: If you can’t get to a recycling center, your tree will be picked up from the curb with the rest of the trash. We pulled together the details of how to do your part and get it to a recycling center.