Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Have you seen the man in this remarkably clear Instagram? It was taken as he was fleeing after allegedly stealing a $700 purse in Center City, Philadelphia police confirmed Wednesday. If you see him, call 911. Photo via Instagram user @staceyelle.
YESTERDAY’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA HEARING: WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NEXT
Yesterday, two state Senators held a hearing on their bill to get medical marijuana passed in Harrisburg. We learned a few things about the bill — such as the fact that while patients wouldn’t likely be able to smoke the drug, they’d maybe be able to vape. (The York Daily Record found four other things to watch, too.) Governor Tommy Wolf says he supports the idea — but, as the Patriot-News/PennLive notes, the real battle will be in the state House. Its future there? Hazy.
BOOZE IN GROCERY STORES? HOUSE VOTES TODAY
Republicans in Pennsylvania so badly want you to be able to pick up a bottle of booze at the grocery store like you could in any other state in the region. (Democrats don’t, mostly because Republicans do.) The state House is voting today on liquor privatization in Pennsylvania, which would effectively sell the state booze system and allow private companies to overtake it. But don’t run to Pathmark with a list of beer quite yet: Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll probably veto it.
SAVE A POOCH: ACCT PHILLY’S KENNELS ARE FULL
A bunch of rescued Philadelphia dogs could use a new home — their current one is bursting at the seams. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia’s kennels are all full, so all dogs are half-price through Sunday, March 1. As ACCT Philly says on Facebook, “Help save the lives of dogs in need by adopting, fostering or telling a friend about the great pooches waiting for love at ACCT Philly!”
TO DO: WATCH ‘ANACONDA’ WITH FRIENDS AND ALCOHOL
WHAT: Movie night at the Academy of Natural Sciences (with an open bar!)
WHERE: 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
WHEN: 5:30-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $25 for the movie + open bar; $15 for just the movie
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY WILT CHAMBERLAIN IS THE ULTIMATE ATHLETE – NOT JUST IN PHILLY
If Wilt Chamberlain had played in the Twitter age, he would have been a constant trending topic. If ESPN existed during his career, Pedro Gomez would have camped out at his locker every day, as was the case when the four-letter network’s ace reporter was tracking Barry Bonds. (Only difference is, Wilt would have talked to him.) Wilt the Stilt made the Final Four in our search for the Ultimate Philly Athlete — here’s the argument for why he deserves the crown.
MT. AIRY: GRANDMASTER FLASH, CONNIE MACK, 1ST PLACE INTEGRATION WORKED
Mt. Airy is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Philadelphia for its people and its way of life. Sports legend Connie Mack lived there while he managed and owned the A’s, as did the guy credited with inventing Monopoly (even though he probably didn’t actually invent it). In books and research papers, Mt. Airy has been credited over and over again for being one of the nation’s first integrated neighborhoods and remains a bastion of racial, religious, ethnic and economic diversity. Plus, there’s supposedly a headless horsemen apparition that rides through Mt. Airy from time to time. This neighborhood has almost everything.