Local addiction recovery advocates are concerned that Philly’s Health Department isn’t releasing enough info about the opioid crisis in Spanish. That has the potential, they say, to leave the city’s Spanish-speaking population — which is high in areas like Kensington and Fairhill — without necessary information, about CUES (injection sites) or other programs. Health Department reps told Billy Penn some documents are translated, but didn't specify which ones, or specify where to find them.
They shouted out Beyonce. They praised Diana Ross. They paid homage to Melinda Gates, Simone Biles, Oprah, Madame Curie, Mo'ne Davis, Samantha Bee, Jill Scott, Rosa Park and so many more. The music video made by a group of Philly girls in City Hall as part of a National Youth Foundation project is a testament to women's empowerment. Called "Amazing Woman," the song has a chorus that reads: "Women, girls, were're taking the stage, we're smart, we're focused, we're all the rage," and hearing the kids sing it loud and proud is enough to bring tears to your eyes. It stands on its own, but it's also a leadup to the first annual "Born to Make HERstory" rally, hosted by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown on March 3.
There was another winner in Super Bowl LII: Cheesesteaks. At shops around the country, sales of the Philly special sandwich (sorry) skyrocketed on Super Bowl weekend, and the boom continued for at least a week after the Eagles victory. A deli in Austin, Texas, called Way South Philly sold out before the game even started. Taste of Philly in Denver had its busiest week ever. Shorty's in Brooklyn broke a delivery record. The cheesesteak craze took over New Orleans and Chicago, too. Fry, Eagles, fry.
Always enable two-factor authentication. That's one takeaway from Thursday night's hack of Barcade Philly's Twitter. The @barcadephilly handle, which has a respectable 3,900 followers, was targeted and taken over by Spanish-speaking hackers who apparently trade in selling "alt" accounts online. Billy Penn caught the hack as it was happening, and traced the perpetrators' steps — from blaming it on a YouTube gaming star to uploading Peppa Pig as the profile pic. Happily, late Thursday Barcade social media managers were able to work with Twitter to recover the account.
Amanda Feifer, a Philly resident well-known for her fermentation blog, Phickle, will lead an interactive class on kombucha. The fermented sweetened tea is surging in popularity, and Feifer will detail why so many people are drinking it to feel healthy. She'll show how easy it is to make at home, and sample three flavors. Di Bruno Bros. will provide light bites to go along. Space is limited.
Where: Independence LIVE at 1919 Market St.
When: February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 (including Eventbrite fee)