Newsletter for Wednesday, March 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
New Buerger Center in University City, part of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and not yet open. Via @rlleung on Instagram.
GOP PICKS UP FIRST PHILLY STATE HOUSE SEAT IN 25 YEARS
Department of whoa: Last night, in a special election for the seat of Democrat Brendan Boyle (now a U.S. Congressman), a Republican won. Martina White beat Sarah Del Ricci in the 170th District, which is in the Northeast. Why? White had the support of several unions. In the district, Democrats only outnumber Republicans 2-1 (while it’s 7-1 other places in the city, yes). So Boyle issued a statement congratulating White and calling her “clearly the hardest-working candidate.” That won’t endear him to Lt. Gov Mike Stack, who picked Del Ricci by hand over Boyle’s preferred candidate for the seat.
BRANDON TATE-BROWN: WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT’S NEXT
Police pulled over Brandon Tate-Brown, 26, on Dec. 15 because because he was driving at night with his daytime running lights on instead of his headlights. After a short confrontation with Philadelphia police, an officer shot Tate-Brown in the back of the head, killing him. District Attorney Seth Williams announced last week that no police officers will be charged in the death of Tate-Brown, and on the heels of that came a Dept. of Justice report this week that showed Philly Police have used deadly force all too often. Here’s a look at the case, and why public officials aren’t releasing the information that Tate-Brown’s supporters so desperately want.
ARE UBER AND LYFT KILLING CABS IN PHILLY?
Uber and Lyft are here — and as a consequence, cab drivers have a pretty strong incentive to switch and start driving for a ride-sharing service. Owners of cab medallions worry about the prospect of defaulting on their loans for expensive cab medallions, as the market price for those once-lucrative items nose-dives. Taken together, the cab industry is facing a crisis unlike any it has faced before. So why would someone continue driving a cab? We took a look.
TO DO: GET A FREE SMOKED FISH SAMMICH
WHAT: ‘March Shadness,’ free smoked shad sandwiches
WHERE: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
WHEN: 11:30 AM
HOW MUCH: Free!
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHICH PHILLY COLLEGES ARE THE BEST DEAL? WHICH LEAVE THE MOST DEBT?
Not all universities are equal. Billy Penn examined how much debt area universities (plus Penn State) are saddling students with; we also consulted Christina Santos, the director of College Retention and Success at Philadelphia Futures, to get tips on how to avoid being the graduate who gets handed a $30,000 bill with your diploma. After all, the Pennsylvania average is more than a student should owe. Here’s what we found.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DROP OR FORGOT SOMETHING ON SEPTA
You’re waiting for the Broad Street Line, texting your friends You lean over the forbidden yellow line and peek down the tunnel: “Where the hell is this train?” Suddenly your phone is several feet below you on the tracks. It’s not damaged, thanks to that awesome new case you just bought for 89 cents on Amazon, but you can’t reach it. There’s still no sign of the train, so… Pop quiz, hotshot: Do you jump down onto the subway tracks? What if it’s your keys — go get copies? Never fear — we checked with SEPTA. Here’s the drill.