Newsletter for Tuesday, April 19
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TFW it’s finally truly warm and you can’t wait to get outside; photo via @eriktla on Instagram
2016 IS OFF TO A PARTICULARLY VIOLENT START IN PHILADELPHIA
Police Commissioner Richard Ross held a press conference Monday, and there was a lot to talk about. Weekend violence left four people dead and a dozen injured, and as Q1 closes, things aren’t looking good. There were 78 homicides in the city between Jan. 1 and Monday, which Philly.com reports is a 17 percent increase over this time last year. The number of shooting victims is up 44 percent. But firearms arrests are also up, and the overall violent crime rate is down. Meanwhile, the police department is having trouble recruiting officers. Can doctors figure out how to prevent gun violence?
MAYOR JIM KENNEY FLIP-FLOPS ON DROP
High profile city employees have gone the DROP route for years. They’ve “retired,” collected a lump sum of cash by cashing in their Deferred Retirement Option Program payment and then come back to work for the city days, months or years later. In 2011, the controversy surrounding DROP led to six council members resigning or losing their seat. Jim Kenney was not one of them. He didn’t use DROP and was outspoken against it as a councilman, calling for the program to be eliminated. Now it appears Kenney is cool with DROP — for the right employees.
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THE ULTIMATE PHILLIE BRACKET REACHES THE SWEET 16
It was a difficult task to take nearly 2,000 players who have suited up for the Phillies over the last 134 years and narrow them down to the 32 best suited for this tournament, but hey it’s our call, so we’ll say that effort proved a success, as there were very few upsets in the first round voting of our Ultimate Phillies bracket. Round 2 has some awesome match-ups that will test your historical knowledge of the Fightins, pit old against new again, and finally settle the decade-and-a-half-long debate about who was the better part of the best middle infield in Phillies history. Who ya got? Let’s find out.
CASH CROP: HOW MARIJUANA WILL BE GROWN & SOLD IN PA
In addition to the thousands of Pennsylvanians waiting for legal medical cannabis to treat their diseases, another group is waiting in the wings for what happens now that it’s legal: Entrepreneurs, business owners and potential growers. Before Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, a state Senate panel estimated the legislation would spur a new industry that could one day net more than $600 million a year statewide. Who stands to cash in? Growers, processors and dispensary owners.