Philly.com reports that a “swinger guru” spoke at a Thursday school assembly in the Upper Dublin school district north of Philadelphia, and that school officials are now apologizing.
The Patriot-News reports: “One of the biggest talking points in the debate over the future of Pennsylvania’s state store system is “border bleed” — the number of Pennsylvanians who drive across state lines to buy booze. But it seems neighboring states are also losing customers to Pennsylvania.”
Talking to Katie McGinty, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor, can be an intimidating experience. It’s not that she’s not friendly—she is, very much so — but she’s one of those people who focuses the full power of her attention and eye contact on you when she’s speaking: You are being communicated with. Let there be no doubt.
McGinty is a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Ed Rendell; previously she served as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under Bill Clinton. (Indeed, former Vice President Al Gore endorsed her gubernatorial bid.) Since 2008, she has been in the private sector — working at and serving on the board of directors of several energy-related firms.
In other words: She’s really interested in energy and the environment. McGinty talked this week to Philly Mag about those two issues and how they relate to the Marcellus Shale, whether jobs can be created by environmentally minded businesses, and her plan to distinguish herself from the rest of the Democratic field:
Here’s the good news: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has dipped to 6.4 percent —the lowest rate since November 2008.
Here’s the less good news: That number only looks good because Pennsylvania’s workforce keeps shrinking. People are giving up on finding work here, which leaves a tighter labor pool with lower unemployment behind.
Here’s the numbers to prove it:
One of the cruel things about gentrification is that it can be like wanting someone who doesn’t want you back. Those who face the impact of gentrification have an unrequited love with a neighborhood that changes right before their eyes, only to do tell them that things are different now.
It’s not you, it’s me.
The building uncertainty, insecurity, change and devastation involved in gentrification is like a real estate break up that leaves former partners, who once grew together, standing on opposite sides as the other moves on to become a bigger, better (and probably greener) pasture.
A few years ago, I told someone I lived on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Their response was to grill me on the status of then newly opened Barcade.
“I mean, what kind of bar is it?”
“I don’t know,” I said. “A bar with arcade games.”
“Yeah, but like… who goes there?”
“But what kind of people?”
“I don’t know. People who like arcade games?”
“Yeah, but like… hipsters?”
A couple of things to know about this weekend:
• Daylight savings begins! Spring your clock forward an hour on Saturday night, so that when you wake up the next day you’ll be tired, groggy and disoriented! But hey, an extra hour of sun at the end of the day!
• The weather on Saturday might not suck:
It’s enough to bring tears to our eyes. So: Damn John Bolaris to hell for this bit of forecasting:
So, which Tom Corbett are we voting for this November?
Is it the governor who slashed education, cut benefits to Pennsylvania’s neediest families, and tried to make pure destitution — as opposed to mere impoverishment — the standard for receiving food stamps? Or is it the white knight who, when the food stamp program was threatened by federal cuts, this week suddenly and unexpectedly rode to the rescue?
I’d maybe vote for one of those guys. But probably not the other.