Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a proposed agreement to privatize Philadelphia Gas Works. The...
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[-3] According to Paul Levy of Center City District, Philadelphia’s job creation has been comparable to Detroit’s over the last 40 years. Well, that sounds OK. Let’s just do a Google Image search to see how Detroit is doing — OH MY GOD. What happened? Was there a war?
[+2] Scientists decode the genes of a strain of cholera using intestines kept in a jar at the Mütter Museum since 1849. And that’s how a scientist got ghost cholera.
[-1] The son of a former ball boy for the 76ers says his dad used to taste-test Wilt Chamberlain’s soda to make sure it wasn’t poisoned. And that’s how a ball boy got super-herpes.
[+1] Philadelphia Brewing Company announces it will now accept Bitcoins, becoming the first American brewery to do so. But you can only use it to buy Kenzinger’s Cat — world’s first-ever open-source beer. The price and recipe may vary greatly, and you’re just going to have to trust them that it actually exists.
[-7] Budgets cuts at Philly high schools have left them with too few guidance counselors, damaging students’ college prospects, especially low-income and black students. But, hey, our municipal bonds are getting straight A’s.
[-1] Some are saying Molly Schuyler — a 125-pound Nebraska mother of four — is a favorite to win this year’s Wing Bowl since she recently ate a 72-ounce steak in under three minutes. Win or lose, smothered in wing sauce and chicken fat and barf, she’ll still be the most respectable woman in the building.
[+2] As part of an effort to battle income inequality, President Obama designates a section of West Philly a “Promise Zone.” It’s a step up from the old designations: “Has A Great Personality Zone” and “Butterschools.”
This week’s total: -8 | Last week’s total: -7
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