Newsletter for Wednesday, April 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
‘DEVASTATING’: LYNNE ABRAHAM FAINTS ON LIVE TV
Wow, Lynne Abraham. The 74-year-old Democratic mayoral candidate fainted on live TV last night, immediately elevating what seemed like another interminable candidate forum with six podiums into a big question about how viable a candidate she is. About 10 minutes into the first of just three televised debates, Abraham went down, and — literally — NBC10 moderator Jim Rosenfield asked “is there a doctor in the house?” The Inquirer quoted Nelson Diaz, at the next podium, who said Abraham hadn’t eaten all day — and while she recovered fairly quickly, she did not return to the debate. Now? First, Patrick Kerkstra over at Citified: “Abraham’s age — and the corollary worry that she might not have the sort of contemporary vision needed to lead Philadelphia into the future — is perhaps her greatest weakness as a candidate. Her collapse last night lights up that weakness in flashing neon.” Back to the Inquirer, which quoted watchers of local politics: “The sad thing is, people faint, but for this to happen now is devastating” and “The last thing a 74-year-old candidate needs to have happen is to collapse in a debate … I don’t know how you spin your way out of this” and “I think, for every minute that she was on the floor, (Kenney) went up a point in the polls.” A phrase you’ll hear more today: “Fighting for her political life.” With all that said, she now appears to be fine.
GRADING 12 PHILLY NONPROFITS, FROM THE ART MUSEUM TO THE ZOO
Billy Penn looked through the tax filings of 12 Philly nonprofits and charities. These fall into several different categories, whether they’re popular attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo, millennially-targeted groups like Young Involved Philadelphia or foundations run by the city’s professional athletes. Here’s how the 12 stacked up.
TO DO: TALK POLITICS AND EDUCATION
WHAT: Ex-Philly School District interim CEO Phil Goldsmith, the Mayor’s Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr, ex-state Rep. Tony Payton and ex-City Council staffer Justin DiBerardinis talk Philly schools, and how political candidates can (and can’t) help.
WHERE: Free Library’s Central Branch, 19th & Vine
WHEN: 6-7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW STUDENTS AT PHILLY’S BIG SIX SCHOOLS RATE THEIR PROFS
Which Philly college has the easiest profs? And which university’s students prefer easy professors over challenging ones? To answer these questions, Billy Penn examined the “easiest” rating for Temple, Penn, Drexel, La Salle, Villanova and St. Joseph’s on the popular website Rate My Professors. Reminder: This is for fun and for bragging rights. Rate My Professors does not constitute a scientifically-sound survey. Here’s what we found.
HOW THIS PHILLY SCHOOL IS TEACHING THROUGH THE CITY’S ASSETS
Second- third- and fourth-graders at Bache-Martin School in Fairmount meet with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra once a week to learn how to play instruments. Thursdays, they work with the Walnut Street Theater. The Philadelphia Tribune took an in-depth look at how this K-8 public school is bucking the neighborhood-schools-are-failing stereotype and using its prime location to create a community education model. To sum up one first-grader’s experience: “I like it because it makes learning fun for me.”