Newsletter for Friday, Jan. 29
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This Kensington street cat will keep your spot warm for you. Image via @hayleytomlinfart on Instagram.
JONAS’ WEEKEND VISIT WILL COST PHILLY ABOUT $20 MILLION
When a blizzard dumped nearly three feet of snow on Philly in 1996, it cost the city about $14 million in cleanup and overtime. So why does a smaller storm cost the city more money? The City Controller’s Office provided us with an audit of the blizzard of ’96, plus overtime costs from other major snowstorms. Like you’d expect, a major storm like Jonas hits the wallet in a big way. Here’s how we figured out this storm will cost the city about $20 million.
‘MY F–ING SPACE’ GUY SPEAKS: ‘IT WAS A JOKE’
After Kenny Rocks cleared two feet of snow away from his Chevy parked outside his home this weekend, he thought it might be funny to post up a sign that warned those looking for a spot to stay away from the one he’d already cleared out. So he grabbed a pizza box, a Sharpie and a broomstick and wrote: “If you park in my spot, I’ll break your fucking windows. Have a nice day.” He snapped a picture, sent it to his girlfriend as a joke and then decided he might as well leave up the sign near his home on the 2300-block of Firth Street. Because, hey, why not? Then he went sort of viral. Here’s his story.
Can the answer to more affordable pharmaceuticals be found in plants? UPenn Professor Dr. Henry Daniell will discuss efforts to produce a protein drug encapsulated in lettuce leaves. Lunch and networking at 11:30, presentation at noon. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-966-6000.
Where: University City Science Center Quorum at 3711 Market St. 19104
When: January 29, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free, but registration is required
BILLY PENN LIKES
TEMPLE PRESIDENT PENS BILLY PENN COLUMN ON EDS & MEDS
Neil Theobald, the president of Temple University, liked our recent article on Philly’s “Eds and Meds” scene. As he writes in a column for Billy Penn, the story on the strengths and potential weaknesses of this sector of the economy “shows institutions of higher education have made major contributions to the communities where we work and to the city overall. And while it’s true that no single set of schools can blithely look ahead and predict continued growth, there are actions those of us in higher education can take to ensure the city remains a destination for those who want a great education.” He highlighted three things Temple is trying.
HOW BRUCE CASTOR’S DEAL COMPLICATES THE COSBY CASE
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill would have to call former District Attorney Bruce Castor a liar. That’s essentially what it would take for him to allow a prosecution of Bill Cosby based on the comedian’s own depositions in civil court. It’s a bit more nuanced than that, but local defense attorneys who have closely followed the case against one of Philadelphia’s most famous men disagree as to whether or not a verbal agreement between the former DA and Cosby’s attorney more than a decade ago would hold up in court. Here’s how they see the case shaping up.