Thereâ€™s never a dull moment and last week proved it.
All 17 Philadelphia City Council seats will be up for election this year. Now, for the second time in less than a month,Â a second long-time at-large Council memberÂ has announced he wonâ€™t run again, and several candidates had already thrown their hats into the ring before his announcement.
You can read about some of the at-large candidates, as well as how the Philadelphia City Council election system works, either at the front page story of our Feb. 15 issue below or at the articleâ€™s web link.
Primary Day will be May 21 and the General Election will be Nov. 5.
Last week ended nicely when I saw two of my stories vertically adjacent to each other near the top of http://www.epgn.com/.
The second â€“ about two organizations getting $40,000 in grants, $25,000 for one and $15,000 for the other â€“ actually contained an incorrect picture and introduction on top. Unfortunately, I have nothing to do with the website at the moment, and Iâ€™m hoping thatâ€™ll change soon.
Also unfortunate is that it still hasnâ€™t been fixed online. The story text starts after the second picture, and there were no pictures to go with the story â€“ other than possibly using the organizationsâ€™ logos â€“ but this print version is correct.
I was also asked to continue writing and copy-editing several shorter stories. The Winter Pride Drive andÂ Qunify stories were mine (Qunify is a great group and I was finally able to update the story that had been cut, weeks earlier, because another group you donâ€™t see gave me a hard time) and I completely re-wrote the rest. Unfortunately, theyâ€™re not up on the website yet, so I hope you can read them here.
And as I alluded to at the end of my last post, I did my first Street Talk segment. I had to get three people to give their opinions on requiring LGBTQ studies in middle- and high schools. The people also had to give me their name, neighborhood and occupation, and let me take a picture of them!
It went pretty well, but there wasnâ€™t diversity. Believe me, I tried, but many people wouldnâ€™t speak to me. Also unfortunate is that itâ€™s not up on the website (notice a trend?), but this is how it looked in print.
They mustâ€™ve liked it since I got assigned to Street Talk again for the Feb. 22 issue! The tweet I posted this morning will clue you in on how it led a much bigger and more important story.
The subject of that story came up when I approached someone it turned out Iâ€™d known of, but didnâ€™t recognize, who actually lived a block away from me years ago in South Beach.
I also used the recent Chinese New Year to delve into the LGBTQ Asian-American experience.
Then, March 1, another story that involves the summer. I say that while looking outside my windows at an expected 3 inches of snow, falling and accumulating!
See you next time!
City offices will close at 1 p.m. today due to weather forecasts. Please be safe, everyone!
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