Heads up, Penn students: You can try to get a class from ex-Vice President Joe Biden soon. Penn announced yesterday that the former Vice President/cool uncle of the United States of America has been named “the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” and he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Here's Biden's words on his new gig, along with more info on the Biden Center.
The price of protests is mounting in Philly. As of last week, the City of Philadelphia had already paid $2.8 million in overtime related to policing costs for protests since the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20. The City told Billy Penn that it has spent another $80K beyond this for a two-week time span. Here is what the City has paid, broken down by department, plus what a City spokesman had to say about rising costs.
The PA Senate passed a bill that would strip sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth of state funds. This is a different bill than the one Northeast Philly State Rep. Martina White proposed, but similarly would also make sanctuary jurisdictions liable for damages if undocumented residents commit crime. The bill passed 37-12, and is on its way to the House. JJ Abbott, a spokesman for Governor Tom Wolf, told Post-Gazette reporter Karen Langley that the governor's office has "concerns about this bill." If this proposed measure passes in the House, it could take an estimated $638 million away from Philly.
Prep for V-Day at the first annual Cozy Love Stout Party. Submit a funny love story in advance or just come to hear others' while you sip limited edition dark beer and roast marshmallows by the river. Tickets include a pint of brew and a s'mores kit, and proceeds benefit Project HOME.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19147
When: February 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $13
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The Federal Reserve is starting to send warnings of a new real estate bubble that could affect Philadelphia — for most of us, in a good way. This latest scare is all about luxury apartment complexes, the favorite of developers here and in many other big cities the last few years. The Federal Reserve announced it was monitoring apartment towers as the next potential asset-price bubble, given so many new buildings are springing up and rental prices are skyrocketing. Unlike the housing bubble of a decade ago, this kind of bubble could mean something good for the average person. Here's why.
If news from DC is making you want to eat your feelings, Franklin Fountain has the perfect solution. New on the menu at the iconoclastic Philadelphia ice cream parlor is the ImPeach Sundae. Listed as “Jerk’s Choice” (as in soda jerk, ya know), the dessert features a dish of housemade peach ice cream smothered in “nuts from the cabinet.” It comes with a side of the limited edition savory tomato ice cream (which happens to be orange colored), topped with a handful of Cheetos. No joke— this special is happening, Philly. Here's how it came about, and how long it'll be available.