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Christmas and taxidermy; the new peanut butter and chocolate? If you think so, Fishtown’s Philadelphia Sculpture Gym has a class for you. Photo via @sculpturegym on Instagram.
PENN’S PRESIDENT DRAWS FIRE FOR JOINING DIE-IN
After protesters crashed Amy Gutmann’s holiday party, the Penn president surprised onlookers when she joined the students on the floor in a “die-in.” (BTW, you can see where these protests came from here.) But the chief of the Penn police force isn’t happy: He called Gutmann’s action “a slap in the face to every person that wears this uniform and serves this university.” Gutmann isn’t the only college president to join protesters; Penn State president Eric Barron stood with students in a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest this week — and Republican state lawmakers (traditionally big law-and-order dudes) weren’t thrilled about that either. The Inquirer wraps up the controversy.
SEPTA SUES OVER A BAD CASE OF HEP-C
Is $2 million (and counting) too much to spend on employees’ Hepatitis C meds? SEPTA says it is. In a class action lawsuit against drug maker Gilead, the transit authority says its health fund is taking a serious hit over “price gauging” for the drug called Sovaldi, which NewsWorks reports is “hemorrhaging” the fund. As NewsWorks previously reported, the new drug comes with promising treatment success rates, but costs $1,000 (!) a pill and needs to be taken once a day for three months.
BUTT, OUT: GIANT CIGARETTE THING DELAYED TILL 2015
So much for the giant no-smoking display outside City Hall by GlaxoSmithKline, which was set for Friday. The event’s been rescheduled, which is kind of a shame — nothing sets off a December day like an anti-smoking event with a random “Dancing With the Stars” person. PhillyMag has more.
TO DO: SMITH PLAYGROUND’S WINTER WONDERLAND
WHAT: A party in Fairmount Park for Smith Playground members (and you, too)
WHERE: 3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 13, 4-6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free for Smith members; $10 for everyone else
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THE PIAZZA PARKING GARAGE IS REAL, YOU GUYS
The city’s planners have OKed a plan to build a four-story garage at The Piazza, according to PlanPhilly — which has posted a nine-minute video about the hearing. (We’re guessing it was two minutes per story of the garage; we don’t know about you, but that’s nine minutes of our lives we’d like to keep. We’re not pressing play.)
ARIANA GRANDE, NICK JONAS & MEGHAN TRAINOR: JINGLE BALL, REVIEWED
What was it like inside the Wells Fargo center for Q102’s annual Jingle Ball? The Harrisburg Patriot-News sent a reporter; Ariana wore cat ears, Jessie J wore a Philly T-shirt and not much else, and Sam Smith apparently brought down the house. Details here.