Newsletter for Thursday, March 31
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A piggyback ride down JFK Boulevard, lit by trees; photo via @iamtieshkasmith on Instagram.
THE ROOTS WON’T HEADLINE PHILLY’S JULY 4TH CONCERT
The Roots will not headline the Wawa Welcome America festival, Billy Penn has learned. “I have no proof of this, but I can 100% percent guarantee the current administration has no headliner planned as of yet that will live up to Mixmaster Mike’s Independence Day legacy,” a source close to the band told Billy Penn. The Roots have played the Independence Day festival since 2009, long billed as the largest free concert in the U.S. by the city. Here’s what we know about the city’s plans for a replacement.
FACT-CHECKING THE PROFITS OF ‘BIG SODA’
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s justification for his proposed sugary drinks tax: Soda companies still bring in considerable profits. “Big soda has a lot of money,” the mayor argued in an interview with KYW. “They make a lot of profit off their product and they market in neighborhoods that suffer from these very things that we’re trying to cure.” Billy Penn has covered how low-income consumers drink more sugary beverages than higher income ones. Advertising is more heavily featured in poor neighborhoods of color, research has shown. So, we decided to look into Kenney’s comment on profits.
Former PPD Commish Charles Ramsey is back in town to join national experts in a discussion about how to balance freedom and safety in modern times.
Where: Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: March 31, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $10
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NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR OUR WHO’S NEXT: EDUCATION LIST
Year in and year out, there is one issue that Philadelphians continuously say is the city’s most problematic: Education. We know there are young people in this city who are trying to change that. Billy Penn has been showing off some of Philly’s most dynamic leaders under 40 for more than a year now through our Who’s Next feature, and now we’re looking to highlight some of the up-and-coming leaders in education across the city. We’re now looking to find the people making a difference for schoolkids in the city; here’s how to nominate someone.
VIDEO: VILLANOVA LANDS IN HOUSTON FOR FINAL 4
Jay Wright and the Wildcats took a late plane to the Final Four last night. They face Oklahoma Saturday night; both are no. 2 seeds. Channel 6 sent a camera to Houston to catch the team’s arrival — which included a greeting by military veterans before the drive into the city.