Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Skater in LOVE Park in 1998; Mayor Jim Kenney announced yesterday that skateboarders are welcome again… until Feb. 15, when park renovations begin. Photo via @babyjaqxz_ on Instagram.
MCCOY: ‘I MADE A MISTAKE,’ AS HE LEAVES MISCONDUCT TAVERN
It’s brief. But if you listen closely to this TMZ-style video on PhillyInfluencer.com, you’ll hear LeSean McCoy say “I made a mistake” as he leaves Misconduct Tavern in Center City last night. The video comes the day police were reportedly writing up an arrest warrant for McCoy and three other men after a fight at Recess Nightclub in Old City over the weekend that left off-duty police officers hospitalized.
WHAT NORTH PHILLY POLITICIANS THINK OF TEMPLE’S STADIUM IDEA
Just 24 hours before more than a dozen politicians and candidates gathered in North Philadelphia to talk to voters before the April primary, the area’s state university approved plans that would mean more upheaval than almost anything else around. On Monday, Temple University’s board of trustees approved a $1 million design study for the construction of a stadium on campus. The politicians at Tuesday night’s event were mostly against the project, though a few were taking a wait-and-see approach.
An evening of tribute performances to the late music icon, featuring Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Travel Lanes, Andrew Lipke, Alright Junior, Language Problem and many more.
Where: The Fire at 412 W. Girard Ave.
When: February 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $8 advance / $10 at the door
BILLY PENN LIKES
‘POETRY SAVED ME’: WE TALKED TO PHILLY’S NEW POET LAUREATE
Things have changed for Yolanda Wisher since last week, since being named Philadelphia’s new Poet Laureate. “My Facebook page is just like exploding a little bit,” says Wisher. “I’ve been thinking about [my path] a lot. An honor like this makes you think about how you got here — all of the people, all of the things — that got you here.” We talked to Wisher about what to expect over the course of her two-year term, and the kind of change she hopes to bring to the city.
VICTIMS OF THE PA BUDGET WARS, FROM ALS RESEARCH TO THE ZOO
The state of Pennsylvania finally got some relief in late December when Governor Tom Wolf and the Republicans passed a partial budget. This meant emergency money for schools and other state-funded programs. Not everyone was so lucky. Several state-funded programs, services and institutions saw a big, fat “0” on the budget sheet. Here’s a rundown of some of the major services and institutions still affected, from Temple to zoos to an ALS program.