Newsletter for Friday, Feb. 6
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Say goodbye to the iconic King of Jeans sign on East Passyunk Avenue, taken down on Thursday; the Passyunk Post reports the sign will be at Provenance Salvage in NoLibs, where you actually can’t buy it. Photo via @unslakable on Instagram.
PAID SICK LEAVE BILL WILL PROBABLY PASS: HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS
How many sick days should you get every year? The stakeholders in this argument: The mayor and City Council, the rest of city government, the Chamber of Commerce and major companies like Comcast. City officials have been pushing for years to force local businesses to guarantee that workers accrue a certain amount of paid sick days per year, but the amount of time — and what businesses should be bound by that rule — have been hotly debated. A paid sick leave bill passed through committee on Tuesday and is scheduled to be taken up by the full Council next week. It’s expected to pass. Here’s what this means for you, the city and employers.
DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA STRIKES 8 AT PHILLY HOSPITAL THANKS TO ‘HARD-TO-CLEAN’ EQUIPMENT
Hold on to your Cheerios, this one’s fairly scary. The Inquirer used city data to tie eight cases of drug-resistant bacteria sickness — and two deaths — to the use of an endoscope at a city hospital. (They don’t say which one! And the patients who died were pretty sick with other conditions, a spokesperson said, so it’s not clear their deaths were related.) The device is a duodenoscope, used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts. They’re super delicate, and they have parts that tend to crack during re-use. The normal method of sterilizing them (brushing, rinsing and squirting them with germicide) isn’t working; the hospital might turn to “gas sterilization,” zapping all the hard-to-reach places with disinfectant that way. But that’s super expensive and nobody knows if it’ll work. Medicine!
TO DO: SEE ALL OF THE LEGOS
WHAT: “Lego: The Art of the Brick,” the world’s largest Lego exhibition, opens tomorrow.
WHERE: The Franklin Institute
WHEN: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: $29.50
BILLY PENN LIKES
EX-PHILLY WAITER GETS VINE-FAMOUS, MAKES BANK
Peter Heacock is just like you and me. He’s a 36-year-old Fishtown videographer and a former waiter who… is famous on Vine and found an awesome way to monetize it. OK, so not so much like you and me. Technically Philly introduced us this week to Heacock, who became one of Vine’s elite and is now the CEO of Unpopular Now, a company that creates the six-second videos for brands. Some of his clients? Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s and Cover Girl.
BONUS HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK PIX: MICHAEL NUTTER AND DARRELL CLARKE
Billy Penn has already published high school photos and memories from five of the mayoral candidates. We dropped a couple more photos on Throwback Thursday, too. Before Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke became two of the most powerful men in Philadelphia – and occasional frenemies — they attended St. Joseph’s Prep and Edison High School, respectively. Neither of them, according to their yearbooks, were involved with student council in high school, but both played football. Take a look at these two during their glory years.