Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A brief reminder that our city can still look pretty great in the rain; photo via @troioinuocmam on Instagram.
THAT WAS SOME STORM LAST NIGHT, HUH?
Mother Nature really laid into the region last night, with strong thunderstorms pounding the Philly area, knocking down trees. As a consequence, some 14,000 PECO customers are without power. Maybe you got a flood warning on your cell phone this morning? Here’s our explainer about why that happens so often in this area. Meanwhile, it’s going to be windy and cooler today, so plan accordingly.
NEW JERSEY COULD LOWER ITS DRINKING AGE (BUT PROBABLY WON’T)
A lawmaker in the Garden State says if 18-year-olds can join the military, they ought to be able to legally drink, too. That’s why Michael Patrick Carroll, a Republican Assemblyman from Morris Plains, NJ, introduced a bill to lower the state’s drinking age from 21. The catch? If his bill becomes law, the state loses millions in federal highway money — thanks to a 1984 measure introduced by a New Jersey Senator, Frank Lautenberg.
GoPhillyGo is a mapping tool that lets you plan trips using biking + walking + public transit (you know, the way most of us get around). Join the folks behind it at a happy hour with free food and drink tix for the first 50 people.
Where: Fergie's Pub - Upstairs at 1214 Sansom St. 19107
When: February 25, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
CASHING IN: WHERE MAYOR NUTTER AND HIS STAFF HAVE LANDED
Last month, several of the city’s most visible people found themselves without a job after Michael Nutter’s eight-year mayoral tenure ended. Some, like former managing director Rich Negrin and former director of black male engagement Erica Atwood, had planned in advance and even left the administration a few weeks early. Others had to scramble. Nearly two months after the end of the Nutter administration, its employees have flocked to jobs in higher education, law consulting and politics. Here’s where many have landed — some to pretty impressive paychecks.
HARRISBURG V. PSU, TEMPLE, PITT AND LINCOLN: WHY TUITION COULD JUMP (AGAIN)
State funding to public universities is largely meant to subsidize tuition for in-state students and fund basic operations of higher education. Four colleges in Pennsylvania have a special “state-related” designation, meaning they depend less upon state funds than others, but lean on it to keep costs down for more than 100,000 in-state students. Now, those state-related schools — Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln — may have little choice but to hike tuition. Here’s why.