Newsletter for Tuesday, April 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Phillie Phanatic with pyrotechnics at Citizens Bank Park yesterday; the Phillies lost their home opener to the Padres, though. Photo via @Phillies on Instagram.
HUNDREDS MOURN PENN UNDERGRAD KILLED BY MFL TRAIN
A memorial service for Wharton junior Ao “Olivia” Kong at the University of Pennsylvania drew hundreds of students, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian. Police said Kong, a Philadelphia native, was killed at about 7 a.m. Monday at the 40th street Market Frankford line stop in an apparent suicide; Penn president Amy Gutmann described Kong in an email to the University as “a bright, well-liked and successful member of our junior class.” Suicide is something Penn has struggled with in recent years; if it’s ruled a suicide, it will be the university’s 11th in three years, double the national collegiate rate.
THESE 4 PHILLY PROJECTS WON $870K FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION
More than 4,500 applicants from 26 Knight communities across the country applied for a piece of $5 million distributed nationwide through the Knight Cities Challenge by answering a simple question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? Here in Philly, the best ideas included neighborhood-based book clubs, cooking classes at Reading Terminal Market, a “traveling playground” for musicians and a hip-hop institute providing business training to people in low-income communities. Meet the four winners.
TOO MANY MILLENNIALS DON’T KNOW WHEN THEIR STUDENT LOANS END
A Philadelphia-based bank wanted to know how much young people are spending to pay off their student loans and just how much those same people know about the loans they have. And the results are a bit jarring. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed admit they have no idea when their loans will be paid off and more than a third said they don’t know what their interest rate for their loans is. Those same people are spending some 20 percent of their salary on making student loan payments and the majority plan to be off their loans well into their 40s.
WILL TEMPLE’S STADIUM REALLY ONLY COST $130M?
Temple has said it will stay thrifty as it puts plans in motion to build an on-campus football stadium. The Board of Trustees, in its authorization to pursue a stadium, limited the amount the university would spend for a stadium at $130M, and president Neil Theobald estimated the cost at $126M (it had first been estimated at $100 million). That’s a lot of money, but for a football stadium it’s on the relatively low end — particularly in an East Coast city like Philadelphia, where labor costs can soar. We crunched the numbers and talked to experts to see whether this plan is feasible.
Vetri's deep South Philly spot is hosting a special happy hour with La Colombe Different Drum rum and Conshy Brewing/La Colombe Tandem coffee ale.
Where: Lo Spiedo at 4503 S. Broad St. 19112
When: April 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $4 drinks and other deals
RIP ED SNYDER, SOUL OF THE SURGING FLYERS
Ed Snider was the Philadelphia Flyers. Snider, who died at the age of 83 Monday after a long battle with cancer, cared more about the Flyers than any of us cared about anything. He brought hockey to Philadelphia, founding the Flyers in 1966 and overseeing one of the most successful professional franchises in the NHL, and one of the best-run organizations in the city of Philadelphia, sports or otherwise.
ON THE PHILLY ACCENT AND HOW IT CHAGES ACROSS THE CITY
The Philadelphia accent has quite the reputation. The New York Times called it “arguably the most distinctive, and least imitable, accent in North America.” A 2013 University of Pennsylvania study analyzed the shifts of the accent; the eldest of the voices were born more than 100 years ago. Some residents say they can guess what part of the city someone is from based on how they say certain words. So it’s complicated! You can see — and hear — for yourself right here.