Newsletter for Wednesday, March 23
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
In Fishtown, life imitates art, and art imitates Cam’ron (Instagram via @pavlosmixalis).
L&I SUDDENLY FEELS THE BERN
Developer Max Glass received a letter from L&I Monday telling him the mural of Bernie Sanders on his building at 22nd and Christian was a ‘painted advertisement’ and must be removed. Tuesday, L&I changed its mind, classifying the mural as political speech, which is allowed. The sudden reversal came after questioning from a Philly.com reporter. So, Bernie wins in Philly — at least in the mural department.
FACT-CHECKING A PA REP.’S CLAIMS OF TERRORISM’S RISE
U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts, a Republican whose district encompasses Reading and Lancaster, used a recent Medium post to highlight the number of people killed by terrorists worldwide as he advocated for the continued usage of the U.S.’s Guantanamo Bay facility. The post, published at the end of February, opened with this statement: “More people were killed by terrorists in 2015 than in any other year ever, after an 80 percent increase from 2014.” That seemed like a large increase, so we decided to check the claim.
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PHILLY’S YOUNG MORMONS PREPARE FOR THEIR NEW TEMPLE
Temples are what Mormons consider the most sacred sites on earth. And from the beginning of the organized religion through today, Philadelphia Mormons have had to travel to New York or Washington D.C. to visit one. As of September, that will no longer be the case. The entire complex, located near 18th and Vine streets and close to the Basilica, features the temple, topped by two steeples rising to 117 feet, a meetinghouse and an apartment project. Its outer design is meant to echo Independence Hall and other buildings from 18th century Philadelphia. It opens this October, which is obviously a big deal for Philly’s young Mormons.
WHEN KENNEY’S PRE-K, COMMUNITY SCHOOLS MIGHT START
Philadelphia parents could see small changes in how the education system operates by this fall; almost certainly by next January. That is, of course, if Mayor Jim Kenney has his way. The first-year mayor has laid out an ambitious education plan with two main tenets: Expanding pre-K opportunities in Philadelphia and creating 25 community schools that serve as neighborhood hubs. There’s a big “if” between those changes and fall, though: That soda tax. Assuming it passes, here’s when you can expect to see these initiatives start.