Newsletter for Friday, April 29
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It’s official: the Eagles drafted North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz in the first round of the NFL Draft; photo via @phillyeaglesterritory on Instagram.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR QB CARSON WENTZ, THE EAGLES’ FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK
The Eagles have taken their chance. Carson Wentz is officially a member of Philadelphia Eagles after the quarterback from North Dakota State was selected with the second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday. Wentz is the 40th quarterback in franchise history to be drafted, dating back when the Eagles selected Davey O’Brien fourth overall in 1939. The Eagles are taking one helluva chance on Wentz, ostensibly trading eight players—including active players and future draft picks—to move up to the second spot to take Wentz. Here’s what you need to know about the Birds’ newest QB.
CAN DONALD TRUMP’S SON-IN-LAW MAKE THE PIAZZA GREAT AGAIN?
When the Piazza opened in 2009, 37 stores, offices and restaurants filled its confines. Only four of them are still around: Euphoria Cafe, Pink Dolphin, Creep Records and Sedso. On the lower level of the complex, home to the shops and restaurants, we counted 10 that appear to be in business. Three are restaurants and only two serve alcohol. We counted nine empty storefronts. The Piazza was so hot, once upon a time — but that was before Jared Kushner, son-in-law of Donald Trump, took over. He tells us in a statement that he’s got a plan to turn it around.
STUDY: COLLEGE IN PA HAS GONE ‘FROM EXPENSIVE TO UNAFFORDABLE’
Feeling the crunch of your high tuition or the sad reality of crippling student loans? You’re not alone. Especially not in Pennsylvania. Our state came in 49th out of 50 in a College Affordability Diagnosis by The Institute for Research on Higher Education at Penn, and that’s mostly because the state’s public research universities are among the most unaffordable in the nation. The study found that higher education in Pennsylvania “has gone from expensive to unaffordable for most low-and middle-income families.”
TreePhilly's third annual Arbrew day means you can head to your favorite bar (there are 10 participating locations) and win a free tree, plus try Yards Cape of Good Hope double IPA before anyone else.
Where: Various bars at locations around Philly
When: April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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EVERYONE JEFFREY LURIE’S EAGLES HAVE PICKED, RANKED
As the Eagles prepare to draft second in the first round of Thursday’s 2016 NFL Draft, it’s a perfect time to look back at all the first-round picks Philadelphia has made in the Jeffrey Lurie era. Lurie purchased the Eagles on April 6, 1994, just 20 days before that season’s NFL draft. A lot has changed since then. How did the team pick? Here’s a rundown.
AT THE MAGIC GARDENS, JULIA ZAGAR STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Although her husband Isaiah’s mosaic murals are much better known, Julia Zagar is also a force in Philly’s art community. When she opened Eyes Gallery on South Street nearly 50 years ago, it helped turn the then-desolate strip into a destination for creative types. Today a new show opens in her honor, with proceeds funding a residency program for women artists.