Newsletter for Wednesday, April 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
HOW PHILLY’S NEW PACS PLAN TO GET OUT THE MILLENNIAL VOTE
More millennials in Philly means clout and influence in City Hall. Hence four millennial-centric political action committees hoping to influence both the primary in May and the general election in November. But their influence remains to be seen and, like anything else in politics, it all depends on money. Here’s Billy Penn‘s guide to the PACs that are looking to make an impact on the city this election cycle.
HILLARY, VOLUNTEERING AND WHO’LL REPLACE HIM: WHEN NUTTER TALKED TO YOUNG PROS
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke with members of the Philadelphia Young Professionals Network Tuesday evening during an “Unplugged” event billed as a candid conversation with about 150 young people. The event, held at the Pipeline Philly coworking space in Center City (full disclosure: Billy Penn‘s office is here), allowed for several questions from audience members regarding voting, the next mayor and what Nutter’s plans are for after he leaves City Hall. Here are six highlights.
CANCER IN PHILLY: 8 MAPS & CHARTS SHOW THE DISEASE IN THE CITY
Cancer is a problem everywhere, but it’s worse in Philadelphia than in most other parts of the metro area, the state and similar big cities. An average of just more than 8,200 residents of Philadelphia county were diagnosed with cancer annually from 2007-11, the most recent years for which data is available from the National Cancer Institute. Its age-adjusted annual incidence rate of 541.6 per 100,000 people is about 15 percent higher than the national average. Any number of factors can contribute to cancer, from genetics to environmental carcinogens to smoking, the latter being a particularly large problem for Philadelphia. Here are eight maps and charts illustrating Philadelphia’s high cancer rate.
TO DO: EAT AT THE NEW JOE’S STEAKS
WHAT: The second location of Joe’s (formerly the p. racist “Chink’s Steaks”) in Fishtown
WHERE: Frankford and Girard avenues
WHEN: 10:30 AM – 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $8.50 cheesesteaks, $5 milkshakes, etc.
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MARCH MADNESS: 6 PHILLY PLAYERS TO WATCH NEXT YEAR
With only four teams left in the NCAA tournament, there’s only one obvious thing to do… look ahead to next year. College coaches have been traveling to various high schools and AAU tournaments around the country to pitch recruits, and Philly’s top high school basketball stars already know where they’ll be playing next year. AAU stands for the Amateur Athletic Union, a national sports organization that runs the equivalent of club teams, which athletes can play in all year round. Even if your bracket is looking sad and ‘Nova let you down this year, there’s a good chance these Philly players will be in the tournament next year.
HARRISBURG INTERNSHIPS 101: HOW TO HANG IN THE CAPITAL
The state capital is like a mini version of Washington, D.C. every summer — it’s completely overrun by interns running errands for lawmakers and their staffers. And if you’re one of those interns living in the great city of Harrisburg for the summer, you’re going to need to know the basics. Here’s the info you’ll need.