Newsletter for Wednesday, March 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The ice at Penn’s Landing breaks up after the slightly warmer terrible weather; photo by David Maialetti on Instagram.
WHY THE EAGLES (AND THE SIXERS, KINDA) ARE TRADING EVERYONE
Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski takes the long view of the Tuesday moves that reshaped the Eagles roster — gone are LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole and Cary Williams. It’s all business, Sielski argues, and besides, the 10-6 Birds didn’t make the playoffs last season, let alone make a Super Bowl. So if Chip Kelly (or Sam Hinkie) decides the roster needs a nip and tuck, fans’ll just have to suck it up. But I think we can all agree that The 700 Level had the best Shady-leaving-Philly post, right?
WHICH FORECASTER WILL CALL THURSDAY’S SNOW CORRECTLY?
The largest snowfall of the season is coming this Thursday, at least according to our local weather forecasters. Their predictions haven’t reached Nostradamus levels of accuracy this winter — remember when the city shut down for an inch in January? — but for comparison’s sake, here’s what the main networks and other area personalities were saying a couple days before the latest big snowstorm.
EASIER BOOZE, HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE: MILLENNIAL BUDGET TAKEAWAYS
Gov. Tom Wolf came in like a lion Tuesday when he unveiled his first budget that would change Pennsylvania’s tax system, provide for billions of dollars in new funds to public education and tie booze to the pension system. It was a bold budget to say the least, but remember: budgets drafted by governors never pass as originally proposed, and with the state General Assembly’s status as Republican-controlled, Wolf’s budget will likely look very different by July. Here’s a rundown of what matters for you.
MAYOR TIME: MOST CANDIDATES MET AGAIN TUESDAY NIGHT
Most of Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates met on the stage at the Convention Center Tuesday night at a forum hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, and fielded questions about everything from bike lanes to healthy lunches for Philadelphia’s kids to naming their favorite mayor. WHYY’s Dave Davies moderated the evening, and six Democratic candidates showed. (In case you were wondering, T. Milton Street didn’t appear — but Keith Goodman did!) Here’s how each candidate did, and how they responded to topics.
TO DO: WATCH WALT WHITMAN MEET OSCAR WILDE
WHAT: ‘Mickle Street,’ a play about the real-life 1882 meeting of these minds in Camden.
WHERE: The Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: From $30
BILLY PENN LIKES
HEY #PHLED: WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUNG EDUCATION LEADERS
The intent of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” series is to highlight some of the most dynamic people working to shape our city every day. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers. We started with politics, and our next steps were community leaders, startup leaders and chefs and restaurateurs. Up next: Who’s the generation to watch among Philly’s teachers and education leaders? Nominate someone great on this page.
CONFESSIONS OF A WINGETTE (AND WHY SHE DIDN’T GET PAID)
Ginelle Ophelia knew that when three of her go-go dancer employees wore an outfit fashioned from electrical tape to this year’s Wing Bowl, it would cause controversy. And she was right. The makeshift swimsuit-type getups at the annual January morning of debauchery that takes place at the Wells Fargo Center (featuring men eating wings and others in the stands ogling women) was written about by national platforms, including BuzzFeed, which sarcastically called the electrical tape trend “very Pinterest.” The 27-year-old Berks County resident talks to Billy Penn about the experience — and why she doesn’t get paid to go.