Newsletter for Friday, April 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Hundreds marched down Broad Street yesterday to protest a planned Temple football stadium and to express support for a $15 minimum wage; photo via @media_mobilizing on Instagram.
THE EAGLES SCHEDULE: GOOD FOR THE BIRDS, BAD FOR THE MUMMERS
The NFL released its schedule Thursday night and the Eagles and Doug Pederson have a pretty favorable slate in 2016. The Mummers…not so much. Philadelphia starts the year against the mess known as the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 11 and finishes the season at home at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day against the Cowboys. As if people weren’t going to be sloshed already. In all, it’s a fair schedule, despite a mid-season stretch that will really test the team, and probably decide its playoff fate.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WAWA COFFEE
Yes Philly, Wawa is back. After a slew of Center City store closures in the late ‘00s, the convenience chain — which last year was ranked America’s favorite — is making a strong return to the urban center. When it launched a new flagship at Broad and Walnut seven months ago, that was considered a trial store. It turned out to be a huge success. “This is no longer a test,” Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens said Thursday. “We’re going to open more stores in Center City.” Here’s why that makes sense — and it has a lot to do with how popular the coffee is.
MARTINA WHITE VS. REALITY: SANCTUARY CITIES ARE, INDEED, LEGAL
State Rep. Martina White believes that Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy is illegal. In short, it is not. White, a Northeast Philly Republican, is sponsoring an anti-sanctuary cities bill. It would make self-declared “sanctuary” municipalities liable for damages if an undocumented person commits a crime there. “All I can tell you is the federal law needs to be upheld. Okay?” White told Billy Penn when asked if she was prepared for legal challenges to her bill, if passed. Yeah, those are likely. Here’s why.
The Get Lucid! collective is hosting its activist dance party in Northern Liberties to celebrate the W/N W/N coffee co-op at Ninth and Spring Garden. Live music and interactive exhibits are a given.
Where: Ruba at 416 Green Street, 19123
When: April 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Cash donations for W/N W/N
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HOW PHILLY SNAGGED MILLIONS TO FIX ITS OVERCROWDED PRISONS
Three years from now, the prison population in Philadelphia ought to be 34 percent lower. That’s more than 2,500 people who won’t be in prison. The city announced Wednesday that Philadelphia has received $3.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation to kickstart its years-long plan to slash the prison population and improve racial disparities that exist in the system. But it took a while — and the efforts of many people — to get here.
NOW THAT KOBE’S DONE, WHO’S THE BEST PHILLY ATHLETE?
Kobe Bryant ended his NBA career scoring 60 points in his final game, on 22-of-50 from the field in one of the most Kobe-esque stat lines of his long, illustrious, first-ballot HOF career. Sure, Bryant is a Los Angeles basketball icon, but he got his start here. And whether he likes it or not — at times in his career it has felt like both — Kobe’s a Philly kid. So who’s the successor, the best Philly-area kid made good? We looked around the leagues. Here’s what we found.