Newsletter for Monday, April 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
If you were at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fairmount Park this weekend, you could’ve been getting down with this sick beat; photo via @smokinglens on Instagram.
IT’S OFFICIAL: MEDICAL POT IS LEGAL! WHAT NOW?
Hey, it’s legal! With a stroke of his pen yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill. What happens now? We’re glad you asked. It’s kind of complicated. First of all, stop thinking that more people will be smoking weed. What’s been greenlit by the state government will come as pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid and non-whole plant forms for administration through vaporization. Also, only people with 17 state-approved medical conditions qualify. It’s kind of a lot. We broke it down.
ON JUNE 13, YOU CAN GET THE SEPTA KEY
SEPTA has FINALLY gotten there. Well, almost. On Friday, the transit authority confirmed it was ready to start testing the Key, its electronic fare card. Some 10,000 volunteers are needed to shake the bugs out of the system, which will roll out shortly thereafter to the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, as well as buses. Here’s how to sign up to get one to play with.
Reps from various local orgs will talk about how to get involved in the city's science, tech and general geek communities. Registration required.
Where: Quorum at the University City Science Center at 3711 Market St., 8th Fl. 19104
When: April 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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MEET HUGHE DILLON, PHILLY’S ONE (AND ONLY) PAPARAZZI
Dubbed “Philly’s lone paparazzo” by Philadelphia magazine in 2010, HughE Dillon is much more than a snap-and-go celeb photographer. Sure, he feeds pics to wire services, but over the past several years he’s parlayed his access into columns in Philly Mag, the Philadelphia Business Journal, Philly.com and Metro Philly, plus he’s on TV (Fox 29) and the radio (Ben FM). Add up his social numbers — 23.3k followers on Twitter, 14.8k on Instagram. If something’s going on in this city, there’s a good chance Dillon knows about it. By extension, tens of thousands of others do too. But the most interesting story he has might just be his own.
ICYMI: THIS INDEX HELPS YOU PICK WHERE TO EAT OUTSIDE
There are pros and cons to even the most popular outdoor spots. Breaking it down, we assigned a score to a bunch of Philly’s al fresco gems rated on the following criteria: View, Value, Availability, and Comfort. So when you’re trying to decide where to post up on the sidewalk in the spring or summer sun, consult this index first. (Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order, from Alla Spina to Whetstone Tavern.)