This week, Raquel Salas Rivera was named the city's poet laureate for 2018-2019. Selected partially because of an "eagerness to engage with Philadelphia as a sanctuary city," per WHYY, the 32-year-old poet was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in the U.S., moved back to P.R. as a teen and returned stateside to attend Penn. Rivera, who identifies as nonbinary, did not expect to stay, but fell in love with a Philly native -- and eventually the city, too. "I don’t identify as an American," Rivera told PMN, "but I identify as a Philadelphian!"
On Monday, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel signed Pennsylvania’s first notice of execution in 2018. A Montco man, convicted of the 2012 murder of a 10-month-old baby and her grandmother, is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 23 — but he probably won’t be. The most recent Pa. execution in took place nearly 20 years ago, and in 2015, Gov. Wolf placed a moratorium on them. So why is the DOC still issuing death warrants? Good question. As Philly's new anti-death penalty district attorney sets up his office, here's what you need to know about executions in Pennsylvania.
"We’ve been disrespected all year," Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox told ESPN this week. "We’re a team that’s been disrespected week in and week out." Um, what? Nobody has really disrespected the Eagles. Once Carson Wentz went out injured, believing the Eagles might not be Super Bowl-bound isn't disrespectful. It's logical. But some athletes are apparently motivated by the idea that they don't get respect. Not Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who thinks the idea is ridiculous. Why are other players so concerned with shutting the doubters up — isn't winning enough?
U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle announced Tuesday he has introduced a new act to ensure all Presidential candidates are fit to lead the country. He called the act "Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection" or, for those who love acronyms, STABLE GENIUS. Boyle, who covers the state's 13th congressional district, which includes parts of Northeast Philly, is not a fan of Donald Trump, and states that the President's "reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process."
Tucked in the middle of a sprawling (but entertaining) dissertation on the mostly-failed art of the political memoir, Larry Platt of the Philadelphia Citizen drops a review of former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter's book. Unfortunately, per Platt, Mayor: The Best Job in Politics is a lot like its author's tenure. Which is to say, full of promise and potential...but ultimately less feisty and more self-aggrandizing than expected. If you've read the thing, maybe leave a review on Amazon -- it has zero despite being out since Nov. 17.
The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are hosting a job fair at this West Poplar community center. Anyone interested in a position in instructional support, climate, food services, transportation, facilities or maintenance should attend to get information and apply.
Where: John F. Street Community Center at 1100 Poplar St., 19123
When: January 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free