Here is visual confirmation of that Penn Alert we all just got: Dozens of fire trucks are outside the main entrance to HUP. This ain’t no drill–we saw hoses wet and ready. Spruce Street is closed from 33rd to 38th, and 34st Street is closed between Walnut and Spruce. The DP has updates as they roll in.
An apparent bomb threat near the design building forced evacuations of Meyerson and caused police to take precautions in nearby Fisher Fine Arts. We’re told that policemen came inside the library and made everyone move to one side of the reading room. A few minutes later, the police returned to say that nobody could leave Fisher because they were investigating a suspicious package near College Green. Stay tuned to UTB and The DP for the latest updates as they come in.
Update: According to The DP, police are currently letting people back into Meyerson.
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Was it Nietszche who said, “The Pronto is dead! The Pronto remains dead! And we have killed it!”? Cue the sad music, because it seems that we have something of a tragedy on our hands: Yes, The Pronto (two words, capital-T, capital-P) is not long for this world. Grub Street Philly reports that this “painfully embarrassing experiment” (Such harsh words!) owes the state $1 million. Now, we’re no economic wizards or anything, but with the debt ceiling being raised and all, why can’t the state just add that to The Pronto’s tab or something?
The Pronto, we’ve had some good times together. From the first time you breathalyzed us to the time you had our fakes as an afternoon snack, we’ve been through it all. You’ll be in our hearts forever, or until we find a more convenient way to get drunk off cheap wine (whichever comes first). But who will fill the The Pronto-sized void you’ll leave in FroGro and our hearts?
Spring Fling 2001 from the DP Photo Archives
With a drumroll, we’re pleased to announce the Spring Fling 2011 theme, Viva La Fliñg! Sorry, it’s not time for the artists yet but there’s nothing like a good Fling (with a tilde!) leak to get your blood pumping.
In case you haven’t marked your calendars, Fling goes from April 15–16 this year and now that we can bring pinatas, things have the potential to get, well, interesting.
For those interested in designing images for the annual Fling t-shirt design contest, SPEC is now accepting designs until February 25. You can also win $100, so that’s kind of cool. See the entire press release after the jump.
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We just recieved word from Grubstreet that the beloved Buttercream Cupcake Truck will soon enter partial hibernation for the winter. Owner and self-proclaimed “Cupcake Lady,” Kate writes:
I started this business thinking I would grow slowly, one cupcake at a time, and by next spring, I would be up to capacity. Didn’t happen that way! As soon as I started, demand was much higher than I could keep up with and I have been pushing myself to try to keep up. We had to switch kitchens for more room! We hired more staff. I was flying by the seat of my pants without a real plan.
Unfortunately, I have now gotten myself sick and run down. Cupcake Truck is old and probably not able to do all the driving I have been demanding. To give me and the old girl time to plan and recoup, here is our plan going forward:
From now until February 15, 2010, we are going to be on a limited schedule of 3 stops per week, wednesday, thursday and fridays. I am going to take that time to rebuild the engine of cupcake truck, get a great plan going, incorporate and all that good stuff.
Lucky for us, the truck will still be stopping on 34th and Walnut on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. (Oops, you just missed it! Sorry for sabatoging you to keep the line under control.) However, expect fewer special visits during the week.
Get well soon Cupcake Lady and Truck. We are sorry if our extensive promotion of your business in some way contributed to its demise. It’s just that your cupcakes are so delicious!