Did You Miss Shoppist on FYI Philly? Catch the Recap Here.

Remember when we introduced you to the 8 Philly designers to watch out for? Here’s a recap: Last week was the official check-in for the finalists of the Philly Mag Fashion Project. Each designer is tasked with designing one exclusive piece each for our major September fashion feature. To check their progress, we brought in Project Runway winner Dom Streater and Knit Wit owner Ann Gitter. Shoppist introduced you to the designers, but FYI Philly went one step further with a behind-the-scenes look at the designers’ progress.

Plus, FYI Philly checked in with the industrial designer and brains behind Analog Watch Co. Lorenzo Buffa. Check out the interview after the jump!

Interviews ahead!

Former Fumo Aide Faces Congressional Scrutiny

The former Vince Fumo aide who reportedly spied on Ed Rendell for the now-disgraced senator is coming under Congressional scrutiny. Christian Marrone now serves as chief of staff at the Department of  Homeland Security; the conservative Washington Times says a Congressional committee hearing today is likely to dig into how he obtained hs role given his previous controversial service.

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Main Line Health Will No Longer Hire Smokers, Starting in May

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Almost exactly one year after the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a move to weed out tobacco users from its payroll, Main Line Health just released details about a new tobacco-use employment policy, effective May 1, 2014, which will bar nicotine and tobacco users from employment at the health system’s four hospitals and other area facilities. Current employees will be required to disclose whether or not they use tobacco or nicotine products, and those who do will pay a surcharge for their health care benefits beginning in 2015.

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POLL: Should McDonald’s Go Vegan?

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Calling all vegans: Do you really want to be able to eat a McDonald’s Big Mac? Best-selling vegan author Kathy Freston has created a petition on Change.org urging McDonald’s to add a plant-based sandwich option to their menu. And she’s not the only vegan celeb who wants to be able to hit the McDonald’s drive-thru: Folks like Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons and Ellen Degeneres have signed the petition, along with 91,000 other people.

The petition, titled “It’s Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)”, argues that over one third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for both health and ethical reasons. So why wouldn’t McDonald’s listen to consumers and jump on the plant-based bandwagon? Just add a veggie burger to the menu and voila: There’s a little something for everyone.

Hmmm, if only it were that easy … »

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