On Monday, assistant managing editor David Sullivan sent the PMN newsroom an email regarding a stylebook update: The organization, which comprises the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, will no longer use the word “addict” to describe an individual who is addicted to alcohol, drugs, or other scheduled or illegal substances. The shift follows a similar move adopted by the Associated Press last year — and all other news outlets should follow suit, says Jillian Bauer-Reese. In an op-ed for Billy Penn, Bauer-Reese, a Temple prof who is also a person in longterm recovery, makes the case for why journalists should adopt less stigmatizing language when reporting on addiction.
It's a big week for Wawa. On April 12, the convenience store giant celebrates the 54th anniversary of its first store opening with "Wawa Day." Customers can get free cups of coffee at all locations — including the newest Center City store at 2131 South St., which will launch the same day. So that's tomorrow. But there's other important Wawa news to share. As of right now (right now!) the touchscreen order kiosks at all stores include a special Easter egg: a secret menu. Here's how to access the gateway and get at the decadent desserts-as-drinks hidden behind it.
Hello, spring! The calendar change of season last month didn't necessarily bring good weather, but it's finally coming this weekend 🎉🎉🎉. Which means it’s high time for spring cleaning. Clear your house of all the old stuff you haven’t touched or worn in the past year, and use this handy guide to figure out where to donate the items. Bonus: we've also included info about which charities and causes your donations will benefit.
Talk about peaking at the right time. After dominating the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 last night, the Sixers — and their three impressive guards — notched their 15th win in a row. They'll have either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed going into the playoffs (depending on what the Cavs do tonight), and home-court advantage in the first round, which kicks off Saturday at the Wells Fargo. Of course, this pretty post-season positioning was years in the making, and the Sixers marketing team is ready. Sam Wood at PMN talked to the people in charge of promo, who've rolled out the new "Join or Die" snake logo that has popped up around town, and whose goals are nothing less than global domination for the hot young team.
- The folks behind ProfiteROLL, the pastry scavenger hunt charity ride to benefit Emily Fredricks this weekend, tell us there's now a dozen bakeshops on the route. $35 registration is open here.
- We've got a couple more tickets to the April 26 world premiere of the play Splinter and Crack — and we're giving them away to the first few Billy Penn members who email with interest! Please include your full name so we can pass it along, and also note you must be a member to qualify for the freebies. (If you'd like to sign up, you can join here, and thanks for your support.)
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Artists from VURT Creative, the team behind the Philly Trash Panda and Token Squirrel "Philly Critters murals," will offer a session for kids to learn wildlife painting in West Philly. Ages 6-12.
Where: Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center at 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy.
When: April 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free