Newsletter for Monday, March 21
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Below average temperatures couldn’t keep people from their free water ice yesterday; photo via @maraurcicco on Instagram.
PHILLY IN THE NCAA: TEMPLE’S OUT, ‘NOVA IS STILL IN AND THE HAWKS CAME SO CLOSE
Three Philly teams made it into the NCAA tournament this year, which is a pretty big win in itself. The winning feeling didn’t last too long for Temple, though. The Owls lost in the first round to Iowa — by just 2 points in overtime. Villanova has had more success so far, defeating UNC Asheville in Round 1 and going on to defeat Iowa (paybacks, Hawkeyes!). St. Joe’s also made it through Round 1 against Cincinnati, but couldn’t overcome Oregon, losing by just 5 points. That makes Villanova the only Philly team left; the Wildcats play Miami later this week. Here’s the current bracket.
THE LEGEND OF THE PHILLY CABBIE WHO FIRST SUGGESTED SELLING CHEESESTEAKS
Dave Kohn wasn’t just any cab driver. Though he started at the bottom when he was 21, he eventually worked his way up to vice president of the Yellow Cab Company of Philadelphia. And as legend has it, Kohn is also the guy who suggested that Pat Olivieri (as in Pat’s King of Steaks) put the meat he was grilling on a roll and sell it. Read our story about Kohn, cabs and the beginning of Philly’s signature sandwich.
Happy Founder's Day! The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded March 21, 1812. To celebrate, admission is whatever you decide it should be.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University at 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway 19103
When: March 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How much: Pay what you wish
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THIS WEST PHILLY DAD AND DAUGHTER WENT TO 162 PLAYGROUNDS
Keeping kids occupied can be tough. And how many times can you inch your way down the same not-quite-slippery-enough slide at your neighborhood playground? This West Philly dad and his daughter solved both those problems by visiting almost 200 playgrounds around the city, and he documented all their experiences. Find your new favorite playground on his blog.
TELL US ABOUT PHILLY’S COOLEST OFFICE PERKS
Unlimited vacation time and beefed up insurance plans (hello, adult braces!) are cool and all, but we’re ISO a different kind of office perk. Like the agency with Jägermeister on tap, or the company with doggie daycare. Some workplaces offer gym memberships, and others provide Netflix subscriptions. These are the offices we want to hear about. Use this form to tell us about the coolest office perks in Philly.