Newsletter for Monday, Nov. 17
PHILLY JESUS BUSTED
Image courtesy of Philly Jesus’ Instagram.
SOCIAL MEDIA GOES BIBLICAL AFTER PHILLY JESUS GETS ARRESTED
Michael Grant is a former drug addict with a pretty long rap sheet: loitering, possession of marijuana, theft of services. But Grant is probably best known as Philly Jesus — the North Philadelphia man, the subject of a Daily News profile this summer, has been open about his past, and how his faith helped him recover. He’s also been fairly active on Twitter and Instagram, and is often photographed in his haunt of LOVE Park. And that’s where police arrested him Friday, after he refused what his lawyer Charles M. Gibbs called an “unlawful order to leave a public park.” The arrest — and the photos — started a #FreePhillyJesus hashtag on social media, and Gibbs is getting into the fray himself. The lawyer, sounding Biblical, tweeted Saturday: “Gov’t doesn’t like dude dressed like Jesus’ speech and persecuted him. Sound familiar?” To which Philly Jesus replied: “Amen.”
VATICAN CONFIRMS ‘COOL POPE’ IS COMING TO PHILLY (BUT HE ALREADY SAID SO)
He’s made the cover of Rolling Stone — now the Pope that’s been shaking up the Catholic Church will perform in the same venue as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj: The Ben Franklin Parkway. Way back in August, Pope Francis told NBC News that he’d be coming to Philadelphia — but the Vatican isn’t the quickest bureaucracy in the world, so the official word came early today. The Pope will attend the the World Meeting for Families in September, and perform a mass on the Parkway that’s expected to draw more than a million people. “A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a statement. “His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering.”
GUEST COLUMN: MAKE THE CITY GREAT, DON’T KEEP MILLENNIALS FROM LEAVING
Deborah Diamond, the president of Campus Philly, had a few thoughts about Billy Penn‘s article from last week, “How to keep a millennial in Philly.” In a guest column, Diamond lays out the work city organizations have done to introduce Philly to students in area colleges, and touts the a key measure in a study her group will release next month: Namely, whether the students stay or leave, they love Philadelphia — and will spread that message wherever they land.
TO DO: BUY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AT THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
WHAT: The Center’s AIA Bookstore Holiday Pop-up sells the usual books, but also Christmas ornaments, cards and gifts
WHERE: 1218 Arch Street
WHEN: 10 AM – 6 PM
HOW MUCH: Depends on what you buy
BILLY PENN LIKES
KNOW YOUR ART: THE HISTORY OF THE PHILLY CLOTHESPIN
Fellow news startup The Philadelphia Citizen has quietly started updating its temporary site, including this gem of a post on The Clothespin. The steel sculpture, built in the bicentennial year of 1976, weighs 10 tons — and its spring is designed to evoke both the 7 and the 6 of the Bicentennial.
PHILLY BIOTECH FIRM GETS $3.5 MILLION TO STUDY EBOLA CURES
The National Institutes of Health gave a $3.5 million contract to Philly’s Integral Molecular to study how the human immune system reacts to both Ebola and Hepatitis C. Integral Molecular will use its technology to identify how antibodies target binding structures — known as epitopes — on the diseases. The company and the NIH are hopeful the process helps researchers find cures for the diseases.