Turns out needle exchanges like Prevention Point Philadelphia are technically illegal in the state of Pennsylvania. In the '90s, the mayors of Philly and Pittsburgh carved out exceptions for the cities — with positive results. Data have shown exchanges are successful in reducing harm associated with drug use and preventing the spread of HIV. But in most of the state, they're still illegal. A growing collection of recovery advocates, academics and politicians are working to change those laws.
People flying into PHL Airport might get something new to look at during takeoff and landing: deer hunters. The Heinz Wildlife Refuge announced yesterday it’s looking for public input on a plan to implement hunting. The ostensible goal is to curtail overpopulation of white-tailed deer, and there will be no guns allowed — the proposal calls for archery only. Over its 46 years, the refuge has never before allowed killing animals on its land. Here are the details of the plan for hunting behind the airport.
La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael has been a heavy user of both Twitter and Facebook, where he shares and promotes progressive ideas about social justice and equality. Now he's quitting both platforms — at least temporarily — and encouraging others to follow suit. The platforms, he told Billy Penn, are overrun by bots and trolls, and are open to potential breaches of personal data. "I promised myself I would give both Mark and Jack time to take actions," Carmichael said, "and that time has expired."
On Saturday, as more than half a million expected people converge on Washington D.C. for the national March for Our Lives, a sister march will take place in Philly. The rallies were inspired by the Parkland school shooting, and aim to show leaders and officials that people find the current level of gun violence in America unacceptable. Philly marchers will assemble at Fifth and Market Street starting at 8 a.m., and the march kicks off at 10 a.m. There will be rolling street closures and transit detours throughout the event. We'll have a post with photos from the march for you tomorrow evening.
Spend an evening with the confection pros at the Berley brother brothers' Old City sweets shop while they teach you tips and tricks about egg decorating. Paint colorful designs on your stuffed chocolate treats, then take them home and see how long you can resist biting in.
Where: Shane Confectionery
When: March 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $25