Where Did All The Jobs Go? Michael Nutter Took Them!

Michael Nutter looks through a smartphone

Michael Nutter in May 2015, when he was still mayor and didn’t have quite so many jobs. | Photo: Matt Rourke/Associated Press

The official U.S. unemployment rate last month was 4.8 percent. Some say the actual unemployment rate is higher, for various reasons. I have another theory: The unemployment rate is skewed because Michael Nutter is taking all the jobs in America.

Nutter was in a feud with his predecessor as mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, late last year. Nutter sent an email to the Inquirer blasting Street (after Street sent the first email volley). In it, his hilariously long email signature revealed he had no fewer than five jobs:

  • CNN Political Commentator
  • Chair, Airbnb Mayors Advisory Board
  • UChicago Urban Labs Fellow
  • Drexel University Executive Fellow
  • “David N. Dinkins Professor of Practice, School of International Public Affairs Colombia University.”

I assume he’s fixed that typo of Columbia University since then.

Sure, none of these are full-time job, though he does have to write opinion pieces shilling for Airbnb. But Nutter has just kept collecting more! Read more »

The Philadelphia Union Are Hiring a Chief Tattoo Artist

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The Union’s Giliano Wijnaldum and Richie Marquez show off their tattoos. | Photos courtesy of Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union signed a bunch of new players this offseason. When VP of marketing Doug Vosik went to meet some of them, he realized they could bond over a common interest: tattoos.

Vosik, a Bucks County native and Council Rock High School grad, has a full tattoo sleeve. He and several players on the Union — Giliano Wijnaldum, Richie Marquez and Fabinho, among others — have lots of tattoos.

And so Vosik came up with an idea: He’d have the team create a position of Chief Tattoo Artist. Earlier this week, the team announced the search for a team tattoo artist. Whoever the team picks will be the official tattoo artist of the Union. Fans will be directed to that artist’s shop for Union and other tattoos; Vosik envisions a time when the team holds official tattoo events.

And the team may even bring in the chief tattoo artist into the team facility to give tattoos to players. Read more »

Snider Family Plans Marijuana Farm in Far Northeast

Flyers logo with a pot leaf in the center

Perhaps one day the Flyers will score for an ounce of marijuana instead of a case of Tastykakes.

Snider Health, a company founded by the heirs of late Flyers founder Ed Snider, has plans for a marijuana grow operation in Far Northeast Philadelphia. The Inquirer reports that the facility would be located in an industrial park at 14515 McNulty Road, which is near the Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast campus. Read more »

Why You’re Hearing So Much About Garth Brooks’s Philly Shows

Trisha Yearwood, then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell and Garth Brooks

Trisha Yearwood, then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell and Garth Brooks pose before six shows at the building then known as the CoreStates Center in September 1998 | Photo: Chris Gardner/Associated Press

Garth Brooks is coming back to Philadelphia, and people want you to know about it.

Brooks was a megastar. Only The Beatles have sold more albums in the United States. When he last played solo shows in Philadelphia, in 1998, he attracted 115,212 fans to six shows at the CoreStates Center and made $2,509,672. His foray into rock music failed, but dude was still a rock star.

Brooks basically retired after his success in the 1990s, playing only occasionally and selling albums exclusively at Walmart. He played 186 shows at a residency in Vegas over four years, then began his first tour in nearly 20 years in 2014. It’s finally hitting Philadelphia this March, with four shows at the Wells Fargo Center (and two in one day!). Most tickets are the same price ($74.98), which is a pretty cool gimmick. Since it’s 2017, there are also $3,500 VIP packages.

And Comcast Spectacor is really pushing it. I’ve gotten four press releases about it from the WFC. A 40×40 banner was unveiled on the side of the building this morning. There was a promotional blitz for ticket sales for the fourth show, which was added this week and went on sale at 10 this morning. Comcast even tried to get a social campaign going: “Comcast Spectacor encourages all fans to help welcome the iconic country music star to Philadelphia and ‘get their Garth on’ by posting pictures to social media with a cowboy hat and the #GARTHinPhilly.” Read more »

Villanova Plans $60 Million Makeover of Pavilion

Villanova’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a $60 million makeover of the Pavilion, the team’s basketball gym. After the renovation, it will be rechristened the Finneran Pavilion, after 1963 grad William Finneran. He donated $22.6 million to the renovation efforts last year.

“With the renovation and opening of the Finneran Pavilion, Villanova will have an on-campus home that embraces the incredible tradition of our University and its basketball programs,” Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright said in a release. “The Finneran Pavilion will be a gathering place in which the Nova Nation can take great pride, and its impact will be felt on our program for years to come. I am grateful for the leadership of the Board of Trustees and President Donohue and the generosity of the donors, led by Bill Finneran. We can’t wait to get started!” Read more »

Cops to South Philly Drivers: Um, Don’t Leave Your Car Running

Cat on the roof of a car

A cat on the roof of a car (that has not been stolen) in South Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade

Police have a message for car-owning residents of South Philadelphia: Don’t leave your car running.

According to the Bella Vista Neighbors Association newsletter, police have noticed an uptick in car thefts on the eastern half of South Philly this year.

In the last 30 days, 41 cars were stolen in the 3rd District, which goes from the river to Broad and Bainbridge to the stadiums. Police report that 25 of them were stolen with the keys in the ignition and the motor running. “Police advise drivers, including delivery drivers, to take keys with them and skip warming up the car or truck,” says the newsletter. Read more »

Burlington Coat Factory Drops Ivanka Trump Merchandise (Online, at Least)

Burlington Coat Factory outside store

The Burlington Coat Factory at 11th and Market streets | Photo: Dan McQuade

Burlington, the South Jersey discount department store better known as Burlington Coat Factory and also known for not being affiliated with Burlington Industries, no longer sells Ivanka Trump goods on its website.

Shannon Coulter, co-founder of the #GrabYourWallet campaign that encourages people to boycott stores that sell Trump-branded products, tweeted late last week that Ivanka Trump gear was gone from Burlington’s website. The company did not return a request for comment from Philadelphia magazine. Read more »

Limerick Residents Told to Re-Up on Potassium Iodide

As if there weren’t enough to worry about in life already, Montgomery County officials are reminding residents within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Generation Station to re-up on potassium iodide tablets in case of a radiological emergency.

Montco put out a press release on Monday telling people who live, work, or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear plant to pick up new potassium iodide (KI) tablets from the county. Pills the county previously gave out are set to expire either this month or in June. Read more »

Russian Spy Ship Spotted Off Coast of Delaware

SS Viktor Leonov in Havana, Cuba

The Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, in 2015. This ship was spotted off the coast of Delaware today. AP Photo: Desmond Boylan

A Russian spy ship was spotted in international waters off the coast of Delaware, CBS News is reporting.

FOX News reports the ship was the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, and was spotted about 70 miles off the coast of the First State. The U.S. boundary is 12 nautical miles. Read more »

Bucks School Board VP: Teaching Climate Change Makes Kids Depressed

Glenn Schloeffel

Central Bucks School District board member Glenn Schloeffel connected childhood depression to the teaching of climate change at a recent school board meeting. (Images via Central Bucks School District)

This is not an ordinary story about a school board’s conservative members deciding they don’t want climate change taught to children, despite the scientific consensus. That did happen in Quakertown last year, when a school district board member described textbooks as “confusing, inaccurate, with an obvious political agenda.”

This story does start out in a similar vein, though: At a recent meeting of the Central Bucks School District, two school board members raised their concerns with Biology,, a textbook by by Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine used in 10th grade, and Image Grammar Activity Book, which is used by freshman honors English students. Per a report in The Intelligencer, school board member Dennis Weldon said he didn’t think the textbooks were accurate and “gave examples of how scientists have been wrong before. … Teachers almost have to work against the textbook to get the point across.”

But it was board member Glenn Schloeffel who provided the unique argument against teaching climate change that makes this story truly different. The Intelligencer’s Gary Weckselblatt reports: Read more »

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