Hey, remember when it felt like June in February? Welp, now it feels like March in March. It's getting up to the high 50s, but it'll rain early and rain late. Here's today's weather forecast from Dark Sky.
Do you know what company is taking credit for getting Pat Toomey re-elected to the U.S. Senate? Facebook! The social network is using Toomey in their Facebook Business ads, calling his campaign a "success story" for them. Less of a success? Toomey's record of hosting town hall meetings in Philly. It's never happened, but after meeting with reps from Tuesdays with Toomey this, uh, Monday, there's some hope that might change in the future. Here's why protest organizers are still counting their meeting "as a defeat."
Uber has had a wild ride in Philly the last few months. Now, the ride-sharing giant may face another legal battle — with its own drivers. Around 30 UberBlack drivers (the fully-licensed limos) met Friday at the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to talk about joining their union. This is at least the fourth city where drivers are trying to unionize, but per PlanPhilly, the best fit here is with the papers and the AFL-CIO. But before the drivers unionize, they'll need to be considered employees.
Technically NFL free agency doesn't begin until Thursday, but today opens the "legal tampering" period, where GMs can negotiate with players and all the deals really start getting made. The Eagles don't have a ton of cap space, so in order to restock the secondary or sign a receiver, they'll have to cut or trade some notable players. Connor Barwin? Gone. Ryan Mathews? Gone. Mychal Kendricks? Probably gone. Allen Barbre or Jason Kelce? At least one will be gone. The Inky's Les Bowen took a look at who will be shipped out, and who might be coming in.
Join United by Blue, Honeygrow, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Water and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Zipcar for the 2017 kick-off cleanup at Bartram's Garden. It's the first of a weekly Tuesday gathering to help remove trash from Philly waterways.
Where: Bartram's Garden at 5400 Lindbergh Blve. 19143
When: March 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free (registration suggested)
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How does a former punk rock bassist get compared to baseball legend Cal Ripken? He never misses a physics class, that's how. Klint Kanopka, a physics teacher at magnet high school Academy at Palumbo in South Philly, was profiled by NewsWorks for his incredible streak of never missing a day of school. His run has spanned more than 2,500 days — about seven years — but he's scheduled to miss his first day this May. Here's his story, and the reason he finally plans to skip school which, let's face it, was just a matter of time.
Later this spring, Le Bec-Fin alum Emily Riddell and business partner Katie Lynch will open the Machine Shop Boulangerie in the imposing building at Ninth and Mifflin in South Philly. The former Bok Technical High School has been transformed by development company Scout Ltd. into a hub of artisan businesses. The Machine Shop Boulangerie, which takes its name from the original use of the schoolroom it occupies, will be Bok’s first food tenant. Learn about the bakers, their business plan and check out all the laminated pastries you can eat.