Winter storm Stella is here, and while accumulation totals will be updated throughout the morning as the storm makes its way up the coast, one thing is for certain – stay inside unless you have to go out. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. tonight with heavy snow, sleet and high winds. The weight of the snow with the wind gusts could cause "widespread power outages." Here's the snowy forecast with updated totals from Dark Sky.
Last week, 20 people were cited for disorderly conduct after a flash mob drew hundreds near Dilworth Park. Several young people are also under investigation for assault after the incident. These types of flash mobs — large, disorderly and at times violent crowds — started happening in Philly in 2009. But eight years later, there’s still minimal research that disentangles why they happen. We looked back over the history, reached out to an urban geographer and asked Philly teens for their thoughts. Here’s a timeline on the Philly flash mob trend.
Philadelphia soda distributors and supermarkets have said the beverage tax that went into effect Jan. 1 has caused significant decreases in both beverage and total sales, forcing them to either drastically cut hours or lay off employees. Jeffrey Brown, who owns six Philly ShopRite stores, had arguably the strongest reaction to the tax, telling the media he expects to lose about 300 employees, partly due to layoffs. Except in another interview just two days later, Brown stopped talking about layoffs. We looked into his change of tune.
While Villanova is in Buffalo for the NCAA Tournament, Billy Penn is staying local. We've partnered with Philly Loves Beer (producers of Philly Beer Week) to present the third annual Beer Madness competition, an NCAA-style bracket that aims to answer the very important question, "What's the best brewery in America right now?" It was tough, but we managed to narrow down the opening field to 32 contenders. We split them into four Philly-centric regions — Philadelphia, Philadelphia Suburbs, Northeast US and Rest of US — and then seeded the breweries in order of years in operation. Now all you have to do is vote for your favorites to help them make it into the Sweet 16.
Following her annual tradition, baker extraordinaire Holly Riccardi is offering slices of her signature pie for just $3.14 a piece at her South Street West pie shop. It's a killer deal — just know to expect a line: last year on this date, she sold 547 slices of sweet pie and 82 pot pies.
Where: Magpie Artisan Pies at 1622 South St.
When: March 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $3.14 per slice
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If you're getting cabin fever at the mere thought of being snowed in today, get your winter gear on and check out Rembrandt's in Fairmount tonight. They're running a Snow Quizzo event at 8 p.m., featuring specials and prizes for the cold weather. Register in advance by calling 215-763-2228.
Make good use of this snowstorm and catch up on stuff you've been meaning to do. Like getting a ticket to our bash. We're celebrating two years of Billy Penn and everyone's invited! Join us at North Bowl April 26 for food, drinks and unlimited bowling. And if you get your ticket today, you can use discount code STELLA for $10 off.