Newsletter for Thursday, April 14
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The Donald addresses a Pittsburgh crowd and promises — among other things — a great season for the Steelers thanks to his close friend, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Pic via @reservoir_kitty on Instagram.
TRUMP: ‘HOW’S JOE PATERNO? WE GOING TO BRING THAT BACK?’
Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump, at a raucous rally in Downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday, promised to “bring back coal and bring back steel.” And also Joe Paterno. “How’s Joe Paterno? Are we going to bring that back?” Trump asked, in an apparent reference to the statue of the legendary coach taken down after the school’s sex scandal. Regardless, the comment drew rousing cheers. It was quite the rally; here’s what happened if you missed it.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS NOW BASICALLY LEGAL IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Keystone State just got a little greener. After a years-long battle, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania was passed yesterday by the Pennsylvania House. It now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk — and he has vowed to sign it. Pennsylvania becomes the 24th state to have legalized some form of medical marijuana, and while some advocates are concerned the bill doesn’t cover enough diseases or forms of cannabis, others are just happy a legislature controlled by Republicans passed something with the words “marijuana” and “legalization” in it.
HOW MUCH POLITICIANS ARE SPENDING ON PHILLY TV
Thirteen days until the Pennsylvania primary. That means 13 more days of the inevitable: Not being able to watch the news or a sporting event or one of Shonda Rhimes’ soap operas prime time dramas without being bombarded with commercials begging you to consider this candidate or that issue before hitting the polls on April 26. And while you’re complaining about those candidates whose faces you can’t stop seeing, at least appreciate one thing: They (and sometimes super PACs dedicated to their cause) have spent millions of dollars to be there.
The first of five public meetings held by the city, SEPTA and PennDOT as they figure out how to improve the pedestrian nightmare that's also a transit lifeline through the northern parts of the city.
Where: Four Points Sheraton at 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. 19114
When: April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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FEDERAL DONUTS BACKS DOWN AFTER ARTISTS’ OUTCRY
After an outcry on Facebook and Twitter, Federal Donuts has reconsidered asking Philly artists to use their work in a book in exchange for a gift card, the book and their thanks — but no money. The restaurant was seeking “sculpture, paintings, drawings, murals, digital or physical collage, photography, paper art, fiber art (or) ceramics” for The Federal Donuts Book, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Artists who made the cut would get credit and a signed copy. But no payment. This did not go over well.
THE TINY PA DAIRY BEHIND PHILLY’S HOTTEST DISHES
You’ve probably never heard of cheesemaker Lori Sollenberger, or Hidden Hills Dairy, her farmstead cheese business in South Central Pennsylvania. But if you make a point of trying the city’s most hype-worthy dishes, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted her cheese. The cheeses from Sollenberger’s 15-head herd of Jersey cows play starring roles in dishes that score accolades from Philly eaters as well as local and national media. Here’s how the product made it on the menu of Pizzeria Beddia and Kensington Quarters .