Newsletter for Wednesday, Nov. 5
Tom Wolf accepts the governorship at the York County Fairgrounds; photo by Instagram user @secci_ricca.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: BATTLE OF THE TOMS ENDS WITH WOLF TROUNCING CORBETT
In the end, it was about as lopsided a win as the polls had been predicting for weeks: Democrat Tom Wolf beat Republican Tom Corbett by roughly 10 percentage points Tuesday. (How lopsided? The polls hadn’t been closed for 3 minutes before every major news network, relying on exit polling data and common sense, declared Wolf the winner. Seriously, our pizza was still hot when this came down.) Corbett can take solace in that he made history, becoming the first incumbent Pennsylvania governor to ever fail to be re-elected. Why’d he lose? Analysts broke it down for the Post-Gazette: Voters hated deep spending cuts in his first budget, poor communication, and not very many tangible wins. Also, that Jerry Sandusky mess, and porny emails certainly didn’t help. But what does Tom Wolf stand for? Billy Penn has you covered with this look at where our new guv stands on legalizing marijuana, privatizing liquor and seven other crucial topics.
REWARD IN GERMANTOWN ABDUCTION GROWS TO $47K; NEW VIDEO, PHOTOS EMERGE
Police are still frantically searching for whoever grabbed a 22-year-old Philadelphia woman from a street in Germantown, dragged her into a car and drove off. The reward for information in the case of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has climbed to $47,000, and police say her ATM card was used at a gas station in Aberdeen, Md. That’s where new photos and video also emerged of the man police are calling a person of interest in the horrific abduction (seriously, you’ve seen this video? It’s scary.) Why is the Maryland detail interesting? Channel 6 says Freeland-Gaither was raised there, and returned to Philly two years ago.
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION CAME BEFORE LITTLE PETE’S DECISION
The wrecking ball won’t land on Little Pete’s until sometime in 2015, but there’s a new development: The developer of the proposed boutique Hudson Hotel made a campaign contribution to City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Philly Mag‘s Simon Van Zuyler-Wood reports today. And when Little Pete’s finally shuts its doors, and you need post-bar munchies, Billy Penn is here for you with this handy list of where to satisfy your early morning cravings as you make your way home.
TO DO: WATCH A SCI-FI PLAY STARRING WATSONS
WHAT: The (curious case of the) Four Watsons, a Pultitzer Prize-winning sci-fi time-travel play. Come on, that just sounds cool.
WHERE: The Off-Broad Theatere, 1636 Sansom St.
WHEN: 8 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay-what-you-can, starting at $5
BILLY PENN LIKES
FREE LIBRARY NABS $500K FOR AFTER-SCHOOL ‘MAKER JAWN’
There’s a half-million more dollars headed to help Philly students learn how to sew, make copper tape notebooks and build e-textiles thanks to a big new grant to the Free Library’s ‘Marker Jawn’ program. The money’s coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services,and will be focused on three North Philly libraries: Lillian Marrero, Ramonita de Rodriguez and Cecil B. Moore.
THESE 3 PENN GRADS ARE BUILDING A BETTER FLU TEST
In a short three years, this is gonna be awesome. Three Penn grads are working on a system to diagnose illness with a drop of blood — no more invasive blood draws, no more waiting several days to get test results, no more complicated handoffs between diagnostic labs and hospitals. Meet Drop Diagnostics, powered by a biosensor developed by 22-year-old cofounder Peter Bacas during his senior year. Bacas, along with Nishant Neel and Max Lamb, is waiting for FDA approval before Drop’s first test hits the market.