Newsletter for Thursday, June 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
What’s the future? (Instagram via @christinemphotography).
OMG: MIGHT THE STATE LEGISLATURE PASS A BUDGET TODAY?
It’s actually happening. The state senate passed a $31.5 billion budget yesterday, 47-3. The House had passed the bill just the day before. The next fiscal year begins tomorrow, which means for the budget to pass on time, the House has today to comb over and ratify the Senate’s changes to send it to the governor’s desk. Education has already been called an early winner for this budget: K-12 schools would receive $200 million more, according to PennLive, plus a $50 million bump for early childhood education and special education programs.
HOMELESS COMMUNITY AT THE CONVENTION CENTER: WHAT BROUGHT THEM THERE?
More homeless people are living around the Convention Center. A Philadelphia Inquirer report digs into why: While it’s hard to say, LOVE Park renovations and the large bridge restoration project that’s brought construction to the Parkway appear to be key. Here’s more on what made the Convention Center a “hot zone,” and what else might be contributing to homelessness in the city.
THE STANFORD RAPE LETTER AND WHAT CITY COUNCIL CAN DO ON PHILLY CAMPUSES
Dozens of women and men alike read an account of a rape on Tuesday in a room typically reserved for press conferences called by Philadelphia’s top officials. Participants took turns reading the 13-page victim impact statement written by a woman whose story made national headlines when the man convicted of sexually assaulting her — Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer — was sentenced to spend just six months in prison. City Councilwoman Helen Gym helped organize the event. Other city officials and council members were there. Readers were brought to tears. So how big is the problem at Philly’s colleges, and what can Council do here?
After five years in Old City, this locus of video game development is calling it quits, but not without one final fiesta. Expect dancing, drinking, and talking about how to turn adventures into reality.
Where: Philly Game Forge at 239 Chestnut St. 1906
When: June 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to July 1, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Free
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WATER SLIDES IN STATE PARKS: COMING SOON?
When state Rep. Brian Ellis looks at Pennsylvania’s state parks, he envisions way more things to do: Think better lodging, restaurants, horseback trails… maybe golf or even a water slide. So the Western PA lawmaker aims to give the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources greater ability to partner with private developers who could introduce new attractions to state land. The proposed legislation, House Bill 2013, would lead to the hiring of a consultant and a pilot program for the DCNR to determine possibilities for partnerships. It passed the Rules Committee earlier this week with unanimous support. But where Ellis and others see progress, conservation groups see something else entirely. And it’s not good.
SHOULD THE SIXERS PAY DEARLY FOR THE WARRIORS’ HARRISON BARNES?
Harrison Barnes to the Sixers? Really? This is the kind of thing that happens in the days leading up to free agency, and something the Sixers really haven’t dealt with for the last three or four seasons. Sam Hinkie was not a big time player in free agency, but Bryan Colangelo has been charged with turning Hinkie’s Process into Progress. That means not only drafting Ben Simmons, but surrounding him with players that can make the Sixers better right away. But maybe Barnes doesn’t make sense. Here’s the case for and against it.