Newsletter for Thursday, April 23
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Happy Earth Day in Philadelphia; photo via @yourmad on Instagram.
SEPTA: SPRING GARDEN FIGHT VICTIMS WERE BEN FRANKLIN HIGH STUDENTS
It was a subway stop fight of epic proportions, and it’s on video: More than a dozen high school kids swinging at each other on the Spring Garden stop of the Broad Street Line. One assailant even fell on the tracks. The pummeling of two victims took a little longer than a minute — and then everyone (including those victims) hopped a train before transit police could rush to the scene. But police say they’ve talked to the recipients of the beating. They’re both students at Ben Franklin High. “We’ve identified some potential aggressors. There is a criminal investigation with the school district,” transit police Chief Thomas Nestel said, per the Daily News. “If you act up on SEPTA, we’re going to have a picture of your face and we’re sharing it with the school district. Between the two of us, we’re going to address it so that no one gets hurt.” Oh, one other thing: The fight may have started over a girl.
CASINOS IN PA: BILLIONS IN PROFITS LEAVE THOUSANDS OF ADDICTS
Casino gambling: How the state and the city make millions each year. The gambling dens, which have existed in Pennsylvania for just over 10 years, have turned the state into the second largest casino hub in the nation, dwarfed only by Las Vegas. With 12 operating across the state, Pennsylvania has brought in more than $9 billion in tax revenue in the last decade that was supposed to reduce property tax rates for residents across the state. But some experts say the “social costs” of casinos — like crime and depression that stems from addiction — are hidden. Meanwhile, just .002 percent of that revenue goes toward efforts to curb what can become a crippling addiction. We looked at the state of legal gambling in Philly and the rest of the state.
BRENDAN BOYLE ON THROWN SODA AND ‘QUALITY’ PHILLY CANDIDATES (Q&A)
Brendan Boyle and his brother Kevin have been in the news lately thanks to their strained relationship with Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack. Boyle wanted former aide Seth Kaplan to run for his seat in the 170th District special election, but Stack’s pick, friend Sarah Del Ricci, got the nomination from the ward leaders. She ended up losing the election to Republican Martina White. Then last week, Mike Stack’s wife, Tonya Stack, reportedly flipped off Kevin and threw soda on him. Billy Penn caught up with Boyle this week to ask him about life in the capital, Martina White’s victory in the Northeast and the infamous soda throw.
TO DO: GEEK OUT OVER JOURNALISM AND STORYTELLING
WHAT: Al Dia’s “Media and Storytelling” Tech Week panel, feat. our own Anna Orso
WHERE: La Colombe Fishtown, 1335 Frankford Ave.
WHEN: 6-7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $10 (includes one drink)
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GERMANTOWN, GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE 1ST AMERICAN TO WIN WIMBLEDON
Germantown was home to more famous Philadelphians than likely any other neighborhood, people like the greatest U.S. men’s tennis player of all time and the author of “Little Women.” Germantown’s fame doesn’t stop there either. For a brief period of time it was even home to a President of the United States. Though the neighborhood has struggled in recent decades, it clings to a history as rich as anywhere else in the country. It’s the latest entry in Billy Penn‘s Neighborhood Project.
YARDS BREWERY IS HELPING PHILLY BEES
Bees are good, we swear. When they’re not buzzing threateningly around your head, they’re doing a pretty important job — pollinating one in every three bites of your food, according to the USDA. Yards Brewery has come up with a simple, pretty way to help Philly’s bees. They’re selling Yards Bee Garden seed packets at three locations. Pick one up, plant the seeds that pollinating insects love and, oh yeah, avoid pesticides, which are a huge problem for bees. One last thing: use #yardsbeegarden to share photos of your bee-saving flowers.