Yesterday's snow is an even bigger nightmare today. Single-digit overnight temps means a lot of the slush has frozen into icy sheets, and the wind chill makes even walking to work tough. Hence, Philly schools are closed for second straight day, and so are municipal offices (that means nonessential workers will stay home, but the Streets Dept. will still be out there trying to keep the roads safe, the city said). If you're not lucky enough to have another snow day and need to get to work, SEPTA will be running, but Regional Rail will follow a Saturday schedule. Good luck out there.
Apparently a citywide winter storm warning is no match for civic duty. Yeah, the people scheduled for jury duty yesterday actually had to show up. Philadelphia Courts announced Thursday morning that all jurors had to report for their 10 a.m. shifts — only to backtrack and send them home at noon when the snow got heavier. So jurors braved Thursday’s bomb cyclone, which included about 4 inches of snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour. We talked to some of them. Spoiler alert: they were mad.
The NBA released its All-Star voting returns Thursday night and Joel Embiid is currently third among front court players in the East, while Ben Simmons is fourth in the backcourt. Voting continues through January 18. It helps that the Sixers have been winning, too, heading into tonight's game with Detroit having won four of the last five. JJ Redick says the Sixers are through their toughest stretch, and sees the playoffs in the team's future. But are they? With 45 games to play, the Sixers need about 25 wins to lock in a playoff spot. Good thing, they play 21 games against teams currently under .500. We looked, and the push for the Sixers to finally get back to the playoffs is legit.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthy, hold up before you order that chicken Caesar salad at lunch. A recent outbreak of E. coli infections has hospitalized people in 13 U.S. states, including Pennsylvania, and officials have connected the dangerous strain to romaine lettuce. Although the CDC has stopped short of saying people should avoid romaine entirely, Canadian authorities have made that recommendation, and so did experts at Consumer Reports. Spinach has more vitamins anyway.
PhilaMOCA kicks off a monthly series: Saturday morning cartons and sugary cereal. Swing by (doors open at 11:30) for 100 minutes of nostalgia. Anything that aired between the 1960s-1990s is fair game including popular favorites, short-lived gems, and forgotten oddities. And yes, the commercials of your childhood are included.
Where: PhilaMOCA at 531 N. 12th St. 19123
When: January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $5
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Yesterday's "bomb cyclone" hit later than originally expected, which meant the brunt of the snow fell right when people were trying to get to work and finally get things done after the holiday break. But the hefty helping of flakes didn't do too much damage. It didn't stop Mambo Movers from hoisting furniture into a new apartment, or UPS drivers from delivering Amazon packages, or bike commuters from riding icy slush to their destinations. Here are 13 pics of Center City doing its best to not be slowed down by the storm.
In November, Mural Arts and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture partnered on a project in West Philly titled "Soul of the Black Bottom." Like the “Immigant Alphabet” posters at MSB last year, the mural at Market and Preston is part of the (DIS)PLACED: Philadelphia initiative, which explores, "the theme of (dis)placement across Philadelphia's diverse communities." Watch the just-released video of how this mural came to be, through rain, cold, stolen materials and missed deadlines.