Thousands of Philly-area students left classes yesterday morning and spilled onto the streets as part of the National School Walkout to protest gun violence. The action, inspired by the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was mostly organized by local students themselves, a Friends Central senior confirmed to Billy Penn. After the official 17 minutes of marching for the 17 Parkland victims, some students returned to school, while more than 1,000 converged on City Hall for an impromptu rally.
Larry Krasner is following through on his campaign promise to enact reform from within the District Attorney's Office — and some of his moves could also save taxpayers money. One of Krasner's latest directives is that when asking for a jail sentence, prosecutors must state on record what it'll cost to keep someone imprisoned that long (for example: $126,000 for three years in prison). He's also mandated offers of low-punishment plea deals for nonviolent crimes, said lawyers are to decline marijuana possession charges and recommended minimal probation. This overview from Slate puts the Philly DA's groundbreaking moves in perspective.
Most of the time, talk about Philly's weirdest street intersections revolves around how dangerous they can be. Now artist Peter Gorman has taken the most convoluted of the bunch, and turned them into art. “Intersections of Philadelphia” features abstracted graphics depicting the city's most visually interesting crossings — from the triangles surrounding Pat's and Geno's to the spaghetti of spokes at Aramingo and Lehigh.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, those wizards behind Spruce Street Harbor Park, are launching a new public space this spring. The Cherry Street Pier will be right next to the Race Street Pier, and along with storefronts and markets and public spaces, the historic building will house 14 small studio spaces for artists. Applications are now open to rent one of them — and it looks like an incredible deal. For around 300 or 450 square feet of space overlooking the water, the cost is $400 or $500 a month, utilities included.
- Give a congrats to Michaela, who's is just back from receiving a first place prize at the Student Keystone Press Awards in Hershey, Pa., yesterday. The award was for "The ripple effect of student death," a story she wrote for The Temple News.
- Next Tuesday, we're excited to host some of the Philly Wine Week crew for our preview tasting night with Billy Penn members. Tickets got snapped up pretty quickly after we posted the event, but we might have a spot or two open up. If you're really wanting to come, send us an email and we'll see what we can do.
- Important coffee programming note: The next edition of Wawa Reserve is now in the carafe lineup. This time it's made with 100 percent Tanzania beans. Is it as good as the Kenya version? Let us know what you think.
A show called "The Power of Music" runs March 16 through Sept. 2 at the National Museum of American Jewish History, commemorating the centennial birthday of Leonard Bernstein. The display explores how he developed West Side Story plus a lot more, and tries to depict what the famed composer referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History at 101 S. Independence Mall, 19106
When: March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to September 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: Adults $13; kids and seniors $12