Should All Animals Be Banned from the Circus?

Say goodbye to the elephants of the Ringling Bros. Circus. (Photo via Feld Entertainment)

Say goodbye to the elephants of the Ringling Bros. Circus. (Photo via Feld Entertainment)

“Please, smart people I know, stop supporting the circus.”

That was the Facebook status of a Philadelphia artist friend of mine on Wednesday morning, and I’m pretty sure that it was directed at me. Read more »

In Delaware, People Pay Big Bucks for Low-Digit License Plates. Here’s Why.

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Delaware residents have an odd obsession with license plate numbers. The lower the plate number the more valuable a plate is considered to be. Residents are willing to dole out heaps of cash in order to secure the single and double digits. Last weekend, plate no. 14 sold to a Delaware couple for the ripe price of $325,000. So, why are residents willing to drop enough green to buy a house for a license plate number? Aaron Dunphy, the owner of Low Digit Tags — a website that functions just like eBay, but instead sells only Delaware license plate numbers — said the reasons differ between collectors. “For some it’s a status symbol,” said Dunphy. “I’ve had some that buy them as an investment, others will flip them.” While the low numbers are generally considered the most valuable, Dunphy said there’s also a market for numbers that people have a personal attachment to. He’s gotten requests for tags for birthday, wedding and even divorce dates. It’s all made possible by Delaware’s policy of recycling old license plate numbers, because of the low population of the state they don’t have to worry about expanding beyond 999,999.

Here’s a few stories about 5 famous Delaware plates that have caused quite a fuss: Read more »

I Have Complicated Feelings About Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabfries Chips

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They’ve arrived.

Yesterday afternoon, Herr’s officially unveiled their latest flavor, Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries, at the restaurant’s South Philly location. This came a few weeks after rumors swirled about the chip’s existence, and days after they started popping up at Oregon Avenue’s finer Sunoco stations.

So, are they any good? That’s a seemingly simple question with a seemingly simple answer: Yes. Yes they are. Read more »

CBS 3 Did a Report on the Word “Jawn” Last Night

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The Grammy Awards were on CBS last night, but in Philadelphia the real prize was what was on the local news afterward. The station promoted it throughout the evening: As part of Nicole Brewer‘s new Good Question series, she explored the existential question that’s been bothering all Philadelphians for centuries: “What is jawn?”

The report went on pretty early in the broadcast, which started late because the Grammys went over. The news opened with weather (naturally), then reported on the LSD busts at Villanova and the norovirus outbreak at Ursinus. After a Grammys recap, Brewer’s report on jawn was next. Read more »

WATCH: That Time Ed Bacon Skateboarded Across LOVE Park

On Friday I wrote about how skateboarders turned LOVE Park into a great public place. The park is now being overhauled with a new design, and it was re-opened to skateboarders for five days before major construction begins.

All weekend, hundreds of people braved cold temperatures to skate at the park; on Friday night they were even shoveling snow. In case you wondered just how Philly this was, there were two flaming barrels at LOVE yesterday.

But I didn’t write about the time when a 92-year-old Ed Bacon, the city planner responsible for LOVE Park, skated across it in 2002 in defiance of Mayor John Street and City Council’s skateboarding ban. It was awesome, and you can watch it above. Read more »

PHOTOS: Skateboarders Take Final Spins, Spills at LOVE Park

This week Mayor Jim Kenney announced that skating would be allowed at LOVE Park one last time before it’s closed for a massive overhaul. Dan McQuade wrote about why all Philadelphians should mourn the loss of the space as a skating mecca, calling LOVE “an under-utilized city park turned into something great by skaters.” Photographer Jeff Fusco braved the cold to capture the scene as many skaters take their final spins.

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A Farewell: LOVE Park, Skateboard Mecca

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Skateboarders at LOVE Park on Friday, February 12th. Photo | Jeff Fusco

In some ways, it seemed like a mean joke.

Jim Kenney’s announcement that skateboarding was legal at LOVE Park was a great idea. It was well intentioned, too; he certainly didn’t have to open the park to skateboarders before it’s overhauled with a new design. But it’s also kind of hilarious: Yo, skateboarders: You’re finally allowed to skate in LOVE Park … for five days… during the coldest week of winter. I’m surprised John Street and Michael Nutter didn’t come out and break skateboards over their knees at the end of the announcement.

But Philly area skateboarders did not let the cold hold them back. Maybe 50 skaters were there around lunchtime Friday, braving 25-degree temperatures to give it one last go. (See more of Jeff Fusco’s photos here.) They grinded on the granite benches and did kickflips down the stairs. They all attempted to land a serious jump — from the top near the sculpture all the way into the empty fountain. It made me feel like a kid again. Read more »

Survey: Today’s College Freshmen Are Leftist, Altruistic, Money-Hungry and Very Likely to Protest

 

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Protesters march up Broad Street on their way to Temple president Neil Theobold’s office. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

If it seems like every time you look, those crazy kids at Penn and Princeton and Swarthmore and Temple are protesting something … they are. (Not the kids at Ursinus, though; they’re not feeling well.) A newly released survey of college freshpersons by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (see the full results below) shows nearly nine percent say the chances are “very good” that they’ll take part in a protest during their college years. That’s a leap over the 5.6 percent who said so in the 2014 survey, and the highest percentage since the annual survey began in 1967. That’s right: More kids are up in arms now than at the height of the Vietnam War. Read more »

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