There’s a Good Way to Fight Heroin Overdoses, but You’re Going to Hate It

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The injecting room at Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legal self-injection drug site. | Courtesy Insite

The news from last weekend was grim. Nine people, ranging in age from 20 to 40, died of drug overdoses. They included Victor Colon, a man the Daily News described having a “heart of gold.” There would have been more deaths, per Action News, but police revived four people with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.

The weekend was part of a harrowing stretch of 35 fatal drug overdoses between December 1st and December 5th. The news for this entire year is grim, too: The medical examiner’s office says there could be as many as 900 fatal drug overdoses in 2016, and police have used Narcan to save 125 people. According to a report from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in June, heroin overdose deaths spiked in 2011 and have remained high ever since. Read more »

Wawa Gets Philly to Change New Tobacco Regulations

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The cigarettes for sale behind the counter at the new Wawa at 20th and Market streets | Photo: Dan McQuade

You might see more outlets selling cigarettes in Center City sometime soon.

The Philadelphia Board of Health last night approved new limits on tobacco sales in the city. But the Inquirer reports that the board tweaked its plan in response to a complaint from Wawa. Last week, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Wawa had threatened to cease opening stores in the city due to the proposed regulations. Read more »

Donald Trump Is Holding a Victory Rally in Hershey

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Giant Center photo by Phillyfan0419 (license); Trump photo by Michael Candelori (license)

Donald Trump is coming to Pennsylvania on his victory tour.

Polls favored Clinton in the state before the election, but Trump won by more than 44,000 votes. On December 15th, he’s celebrating that fact at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Giant Center is named after the supermarket; it is not a venue for giants. Read more »

Jefferson Gets $3M for Cannabis Research

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

Jefferson University announced today it had received a $3 million donation from Australian philanthropists Barry and Joy Lambert to fund medical research into cannabis. As a result, the school is renaming its cannabis research center the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.

“Joy and I were extremely impressed with Jefferson’s rapid progress in the field of medicinal cannabis research and innovative approach to exploring all avenues for new therapies to include using hemp-derived cannabinoids,” Barry Lambert said in a release. “We believe that solving big problems requires courage and big ideas, and that is what we’ve seen at TJU and in the United States where 21st-century laws and scientific approaches exist to the use of hemp as a safe and effective source of medicinal cannabis. We’re proud the center will bear our name.” Read more »

This Punch Bowl Tells the Story of Old Philadelphia

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Rebecca Yamin, the lead archeologist on the excavation of the Museum of the American Revolution site, displays a reconstructed bowl from the 1760s that was found in a privy pit. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Rebecca Yamin first stepped onto the future site of the Museum of the American Revolution, at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets, in July 2014. She was both excited and scared.

“When you start at an urban site, it’s an amazing thing,” says Yamin, a well-respected urban archeologist with Commonwealth Heritage Group. “We told the museum it’s going to cost a lot of money. And then when I get on the site, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m not going to find anything. It’s such an embarrassment.’”

When it was all over, Yamin did not end up embarrassed. Yesterday the museum, slated to open in April 2017, took possession of 72 boxes of artifacts, inside of which were 82,000 pieces recovered from the site.

“I’m always surprised,” Yamin continues. “Certainly we were surprised to find something that was so relevant to the mission of the museum.” Read more »

PECO: It Wasn’t an Explosion at Substation That Sent Foam Into Streets

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Photo | Dan McQuade

It was an instant Philadelphia gathering.

On Saturday, I was in a car heading down Pine Street. We were rushing to get home. But suddenly I told my girlfriend to stop and park: There was foam all over the streets. We had to see this.

Everyone else passing by had the same idea. The intersection of Pine and Juniper streets was an instant party; people were taking photos of the foam, then turning their cameras around to take selfies. One man took it upon himself to tell everyone that the foam was cancerous, and to stay out of it. When I tweeted a photo of the foam, I got a reply with a photo from the other side of the foam, near Lombard Street. It was a party on both sides of the foam! Read more »

Temple Football Coach Matt Rhule Leaves for Baylor

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The Matt Rhule era at Temple is over.

Rhule, who coached the Temple Owls football team to its best two-season stretch in school history, is leaving to take the head coach position at Baylor University. The school confirmed the hire early this afternoon. FOX Sports’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news.

The Owls won their first conference championship in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year, routing Navy on Saturday afternoon to win the American Athletic Conference. The Owls also beat Penn State during the 2015 season, the team’s first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941.

Ed Foley will be the interim head coach when Owls play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl in Annapolis on December 27th. Read more »

The Phillie Phanatic Will Come to Your Kid’s Birthday Party (If You Win This Auction)

If you have the cash, the Phillie Phanatic will come to your birthday party.

We are still a ways from baseball season, but that sounds like quite the deal. Baseball’s winter meetings are this week, with representatives from all 30 teams meeting in Baltimore for discussions, trade talks, and various award ceremonies. As part of this year’s meetings, MLB and the clubs are holding a charity auction in memory of Mets media relations exec Shannon Forde. Forde, well liked by reporters, fans, and players alike, died of cancer at 44 earlier this year.

Proceeds from the auction, which you can reach at MLB.com/Shannon, will go to fund the renovation of a youth field in Little Ferry, Bergen County, New Jersey. Read more »

VIDEO: Cops Seek Person Who Delivered Center City Mailbomb

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Philadelphia police are looking for a man they labeled a “person of interest” in the 4 a.m. explosion of a package on the 1800 block of Pine Street last week.

Cops say the man in the video is not necessarily the person who made the mailbomb, but that he is the person who dropped off the package that later exploded in the living room of 60-year-old James Alden. According to a fundraiser page for Alden, he lost parts of his fingers on his left hand and had pieces of shrapnel removed from his chest, arms, and face. More than $20,000 has been raised. Read more »

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