The Pennsylvania Convention Center will play host tomorrow to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (aka IACP 2013), slipping in quietly amidst the debut of the Philly cops’ new spokescanine. But where there’s police chiefs, there’s brutal police-state machinery on display—so, err, it’s not all bad?
Penn’s fossil fuel industry holdings are under attack this week after Divestment at Penn, a student group at the school, began putting pressure on the institution to sell off its financial assets related to the fuel industry.
The battle, not surprisingly, has been uphill:
All hail Walnut street, the retail powerhouse of all of Philadelphia. According to the recently released 2013 Global Retail Highlights Report, rents rose by more than 34 percent over the past year, bringing in tenants more associated with areas like the King of Prussia Mall, including Ann Taylor Loft, Intermix, and Anne Klein. Oh, joy: Read more »
Philly’s venture capital investment is hurting, having this week hit an 18-year low according to statistics released this morning. Philadelphia Business Journal breaks down the carnage:
This country, apparently, is big enough for two Whartons. Two weeks ago, Ohio Valley University (in, coincidentally, West Virginia) renamed its business school with Wharton in the name, echoing the namesake of Penn’s Wharton School. Surprisingly, though, there’s been little backlash–though Penn has yet to comment on whether they’ll be pursuing legal action.
Either way, students don’t seem to be phased: Read more »
Ah, Tastykake. Every Philadelphian, diabetic or no, has a soft spot in their heart for the caky, spongy treats cranked out by way of the Navy Yard. From the simple breakfast treats like their frosted danish to dessert-y items like pies and cupcakes, these little squares of corn syrup and flour are as much a part of our identity as the Liberty Bell or an incredibly high gun murder rate.
So, you could see how a ranked list of Tastykake products might make sense as editorial content, so congrats to the 700 Level on their list. Unfortunately, though, they’re all wrong. Let’s take a look, shall we?
While New Jersey’s politicians are worrying about whether they should force the gay marriage issue any further, a menace is walking the plains, getting smarter, and plotting its revenge.
I’m talking, of course, about cows. Those damn dirty bovines have been giving Jerseyans trouble this week, with two cows recently making their escape from the back of a trailer as it was on its way to have them turned into delicious, delicious meatparts. The cows evidently got wise to the plan somewhere in Montvale, crashing out of their trailer and disrupting traffic for a period of time before police could wrangle them and bring rightful human order to the area.
The culinary world flipped its lid last year when two Philly boys, Jim Caiola and David Salama of Beau Monde at Sixth and Bainbridge, won a contract to redesign New York’s beloved foodie landmark, Tavern on the Green, which closed amid bankruptcy issues more than six years ago.
Today, though, the culinary world is rejoicing thanks to lengthy, extremely detailed look at the pair’s plans in NY Times Magazine. Set to reopen in late December, the culinary institution expects its renovations will bring in around $17 million, and expects to see 600 sit-down meals each weekday, along with 1,200 on the weekends.
But all that won’t come until the painstaking process of re-tooling an 80-year-old culinary institution is completed. And, as the Times‘ Max Chafkin illustrates, that process goes right down to extended discussions about the different virtues of various fork styles:
Over the course of three hours, they looked at probably 300 forks and actually tested some 50 possibilities. Testing meant first looking at a fork, feeling its weight in the palm of a hand and then, if it seemed especially promising, pantomiming a bite. I watched them reject one fork because they didn’t like the scalloped design on its end and two others for being “too squared off” and “too Deco,” respectively. Another was dismissed because, as Sparks put it, “that reads bistro” rather than tavern.
All the forks — for which their tableware supplier estimates they will pay around $2 each — had a shaft and four tines, and most were made of the same high grade of stainless steel, containing 18 percent chrome and 10 percent nickel. (Actual silver silverware — or even the plated stuff — was ruled out as too expensive. Cheaper, lower-grade steel was deemed not durable enough.) And yet, even in what would have seemed a fairly narrow universe of possibilities, it felt as if there were an endless array of choices.
Meet Krokodil, the Dangerous New Drug Narcotics Officers Really Hope Doesn’t Make it to Philadelphia
These days, it’ll cost you anywhere from $10 to $50 to get high off of Oxycontin, depending on the size of the pill and the quality of your hookup. Heroin is cheaper, though, at around $100 a bundle—a grouping of 10 to 13 bags, only one of which is required for a dose. It’s also stronger, longer-lasting and readily available here in Philly, making the switch a no-brainer—economically speaking, anyway—for the hopelessly opiate-addicted looking for a consistent high. Never mind, of course, that that high comes via a more dangerous route of administration from a more dangerous chemical.
This is the train of thought that has driven the rise of heroin usage in Philadelphia, and, indeed, nationally. Prices for either drug, however, aren’t going down anytime soon, and with the economy being the way it is, even junkies might need to start tightening their belts to get by. What stands to replace heroin as the cheap opiate of choice, though, is proving itself hellishly unmanageable. Enter krokodil—and at about a tenth the price, too.
UPDATE: Don Tollefson has been arrested.
Sportscaster Don Tollefson has checked himself into an inpatient care facility following allegations that he has been defrauding folks of their cash in an apparent charity scam. He released the following statement via Action News last evening:
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