Making good on an issue he championed throughout his campaign, DA Larry Krasner announced Wednesday that his office would no longer seek cash bail for many nonviolent crimes. The practice can land people arrested for less serious charges — like DUI, prostitution or trespassing — in jail for months or even years if they can't come up with a couple thousand bucks. Calling cash bail "imprisonment for poverty," per WHYY, Krasner pointed to Washington D.C. as an example, which eliminated it to no negative effect. The move will also likely save the city money; last October, then-Controller Alan Butkovitz estimated cash bail was costing an extra $75 million a year.
There are nearly 50 of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculptures in the world, but to people in Philly (and many visitors) the version recently returned to LOVE Park is the "real" one. So what makes it so special? Likely, a combination of nostalgia — what a cognitive expert called "reminiscence bumps" — and placement. The site at JFK Plaza is not only central, it's got a stunning backdrop, and is on dedicated public space. It's also the only setting where the artwork lives seven feet above the ground. Here's why Philly loves the LOVE sculpture so much.
Two talented young women will become the new core staff of Billy Penn’s newsroom. Temple journalism star Michaela Winberg officially joined in January, dovetailing her duties in her last semester as editor-in-chief of The Temple News with being a general assignment reporter. Al Día and Haverford alum Mónica Zorrilla will start March 5, bringing her vivacious drive to report on Philly — along with a fluency of Spanish — to the team. Here's more on the two new hires.
Today brings the launch of a new type of Uber service. Called Express Pool, the system works by asking riders to meet in designated spots to board, to share the vehicle with other passengers, and to accept being dropped off at locations near — but not exactly at — their final destinations. If that sounds familiar, yes, it is pretty much how buses work. And, per PlanPhilly, the cost to use Uber Express Pool could be around the same as public transit: potentially $2.50 a ride for a trip across the city.
Do you want to explore careers that have an impact? This expo hosted by the SJU Career Development Center is the place for students or those looking to change jobs to speak with nonprofits, service organizations and socially responsible for-profit companies about the work they do and the opportunities they have available.
Where: Temple University, Mitten Hall, Great Court at 1755 N. 15th St., 19122
When: February 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free