Newsletter for Thursday, April 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Their backs against the wall and down 0-3 games in their playoff series against Washington, the Flyers pulled out a win last night; photo via @philadelphiaflyers on Instagram.
THE EAGLES MOVE UP IN THE DRAFT; THIS BETTER FREAKING WORK
Consider all the blocks at the NovaCare complex officially busted. The Eagles pulled off their second big trade of the pre-draft season—this time a bona fide blockbuster—to move up to the second pick in next week’s NFL Draft, giving the Cleveland Browns more than a team should ever have to give to move up six spots. Yep, the Birds gave up a lot. The first reaction to the trade is what everyone in town must be thinking right now: They better freaking get this right, because the Eagles just mortgaged their future for one guy, and it’s not clear (at least from the outside) they’re sure which guy it’s going to be.
HOW PENN IS PLANNING TO FIX ITS SUICIDE PROBLEM
Administrators at the University of Pennsylvania are reconvening a task force to examine the causes of suicide on campus and extending counseling hours in the wake of the death of Wharton undergrad Ao “Olivia” Kong. The university created the task force after the 6th student suicide in 2014, and released an eight-page report in February 2015. Students blasted the report, which suggested minor implementations and included no deadlines. The university is also expanding hours at its campus counseling center, but students tell Billy Penn they’re disheartened by the response they’ve seen so far.
EX-PIZZA BRAIN OWNER: HELP ME SHOW EVERYONE HOW WEED SAVED MY SICK SON
Within weeks of discovering his 6-month-old son Waldo had a rare form of eye cancer, former Pizza Brain owner Brian Dwyer was on a plane to California with a friend to meet with a woman known as the inspiration for the TV show Weeds. She recommended a form of cannabis oil processed only in the West, and Dwyer purchased enough for a year. Then they illegally shipped it back to Fishtown. Soon, he and his wife, Danielle, started giving Waldo multiple doses of the cannabis oil a day. Dwyer said Waldo didn’t puke once after chemotherapy while on it, and didn’t need any blood transfusions, both relatively common side effects of the intensive radiation regimen. Now, Dwyer’s working on a documentary about the process — and he’s seeking support to finish it off.
The colorful waterfront bar beside the Ben Franklin bridge kicks off a fifth season with an all new menu from chef-in-residence Jim Burke.
Where: Morgan's Pier at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. 19123
When: April 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to April 22, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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BEWARE THE SAMPLE BALLOT: PHILLY’S WARDS AND THE ELECTION
If you’re voting in next week’s primary, it’s likely you know everything you need to know about Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. (Indeed, yesterday Hillary was in North Philly and Fishtown, Cruz was over in Hershey… and tonight Trump is in Harrisburg.) But what about a bunch of other names you’ll see? Marni Snyder. John Sabatina. Matthew Darragh. They are among the dozens of people most voters have likely never heard about. They’re running for state senate or state representative. The first time voters might see one of their names is on the ballot — or the sample ballot handed out at polling locations before they go into the voting booth. As a result, these state senate and state house races, perhaps more than any other, illustrate the remaining strengths of Philadelphia’s infamous ward system.
WHO’S NEXT EDUCATION: 15 YOUNG PEOPLE CHANGING PHILLY
Some of the biggest debates in Philadelphia surround how the city can improve the education climate for students. Maybe the answer is universal pre-Kindergarten. Maybe it’s schools that function more like community centers. Perhaps it’s better opportunities for students to expand their education to college. What’s already making a difference though in the lives of children across the city are teachers, nonprofit staff members and education leaders — many of whom are under 40 and represent the next generation of school leaders in Philadelphia. Welcome to this month’s edition of Who’s Next, a feature we at Billy Penn use to highlight some of the most dynamic young leaders in Philadelphia.