Newsletter for Friday, Nov. 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A splash of color on a rainy November day; via @ry_bberg on Instagram.
BOOZE, CRYING AND TAXES: WHY THE BUDGET IS STILL UP IN THE AIR
Just when we thought Pennsylvania legislators were close to a budget agreement (which, by the way, is more than four months late at this point), things are starting to feel a little more shaky this week. A liquor privatization bill passed the PA House Thursday morning, a story surfaced that the Speaker of the House is literally crying over the prospect of medical marijuana and, to top it all off, Senate GOP-ers are now proposing Pennsylvania totally ditch its property tax. That measure, which might have support from some members of both parties, could majorly impact how schools are funded.
WHERE MOST OF PHILLY’S REFUGEES COME FROM
According to the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program, a non-profit funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state Office of Refugee Resettlement, Philadelphia has brought in 2,252 refugees over the last three years, or about an average of 750 people a year. Here’s a graph showing where most of them came from.
The Comcast Expo for the Philadelphia Marathon -- a runner's paradise featuring vendors and gear to get you ready for the weekend's race.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F at 12th & Arch streets
When: November 20, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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13 OF YOUR MOST AWKWARD SEPTA STORIES
We’ve got nothing against SEPTA. But everyone who takes this weird and wonderful city’s transportation system on a daily basis knows it’s rarely dull. In fact, it can be home to some truly awkward experiences. So we asked Billy Penn users to send us stories from some of their most awkward encounters on SEPTA. What we got back ranged from licking windows to eating cucumbers to a very uncomfortable foot fetish situation.
DRAKE WON’T CONNECT HIS HOTLINE BLING VIDEO TO THIS CHESTNUT HILL SPACE
Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video has been viewed 94 million times and counting on YouTube but its wider cultural effect has come through the remixes and memes. We’ve seen Drake dancing with a tennis racket and making a pizza, and of course seen the mashup of the Pumpkin Man to the song. Those are “Hotline Bling” replicas. Philadelphia, in a way, has an original.