Newsletter for Tuesday, Jan. 26
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#NoSavesies doesn’t go far when property damage is promised via Sharpie and pizza box lid; photo via @crust.life on Instagram.
SNOW DAY 2: THE DIGOUT CONTINUES
Tuesday dawns on a Philadelphia where side streets are still clogged with snow and kids aren’t in public schools thanks to Saturday’s snow. But, uh, the snow fell on Saturday, so residents are kind of stir crazy. “We’re getting to your streets,” mayor Jim Kenney said during a Monday afternoon press conference. “We’ve got to take care of the big ones first to get everything rolling. . . . We haven’t forgotten you. We’re coming.” Among those side streets still clogged with snow? Cantrell Street in South Philly, where Mayor Kenney himself grew up. The storm has caused 18 deaths across the Mid-Atlantic, according to the Inquirer — and there are serious problems with where to put the historic amount of snow.
HOW PHILLY’S D.A. IS TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON REPEAT OFFENDERS
When Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was running for office to replace the previous top lawyer in the city, self-described “tough cookie” Lynne Abraham, he promised to implement a program that would teach repeat offenders life skills so they wouldn’t come back to the system. And then he got elected, and the money wasn’t there. But by 2012, Williams had secured grants from local philanthropic efforts, and now the city continues something called “The Choice is Yours.” Here’s what it, and other programs like it, are trying to teach young, repeat offenders.
Welcome to a new semester, college students! Celebrate with free admission to Rothman Ice Rink if you bring your college ID.
Where: Dilworth Park at 1 S. 15th St. 19102
When: January 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $5-$9 for skates
BILLY PENN LIKES
AND1 FOUNDER, A PHILLY GUY, HAS A NEW STARTUP
Seth Berger started, succeeded and sold his Philly start-up before the city’s scene really existed. He’s a Wharton grad who launched a product with nationwide name recognition, and cashed out before he even turned 35. That achievement? Founding AND1. You remember AND1, right? It made shoes, clothes and video mixtapes and promoted street ballers like Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston. Berger and two of his friends created the company in 1993 and cashed out a dozen years later, after AND1 had risen to the No. 2 basketball shoe seller in the United States. Only Nike remained ahead. Now Berger is wading back into the startup waters.
MEET CASSIE OWENS, OUR NEW REPORTER/CURATOR
Cassie Owens, a Philadelphia native working as a freelancer with a background in urban reporting and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, has joined Billy Penn as our third full-time reporter/curator. Her first day is February 1st; here’s what you should know about her before she starts.