DAILY GRINDER: Snow Ruins Football(?), FEMA To Clean Up, Keystone Exams, ‘Expert’ on Kensington Strangler

Well, they canceled a football game due to snow – before it even started snowing that much. WTF is that? Brian Hickey has a, I guess you’d call it a photoessay all about this ridiculousness. Will Bunch is pissed – high-minded-pissed to be exact. Governor Ed Rendell is all “Hell no,” too. You dropped the ball (ha!), Philly sports overlords. [DeadSpin/Attytood] Nevertheless,...

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Why Did Joseph Duda Burn 1,350 Gallons Of Gas In His City Car Last Year?

Why Did Joseph Duda Burn 1,350 Gallons Of Gas In His City Car Last Year?

City Commissioner Joseph Duda used 1,350 gallons of gas in his city-owned sedan in fiscal year 2010, at a cost to taxpayers of $2,860, according to city documents. That’s nearly a third of the 4,277 gallons total consumed by the Commissioners’ Office. Duda and Commission Chair Marge Tartaglione are the only folks in the Commissioners’ Office with...

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Administrator of “Kensington Strangler” Facebook Page Threatened

The search for the Kensington Strangler took an odd and dangerous turn earlier this week when on Sunday, an anonymous “fan” of the Facebook group “Catch the Kensington Strangler before he catches someone you love” erroneously—and sources say, purposefully and maliciously—posted a photograph of a guy named Triz Jeffries on the group’s wall and claimed...

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DAILY GRINDER: Specter Says So Long And Thanks For All The Partisanship

DAILY GRINDER: Specter Says So Long And Thanks For All The Partisanship

Grandpa Specter took no prisoners during his farewell speech to the Senate. Highlights: He admits we are “Ugly Americans,” as the Vindictives song suggests; Republicans are scared of not being extreme enough; he says filibusters should be real filibusters (from now on) in that, senators should debate rather than get their fake teeth cleaned during sessions....

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Butkovitz Releases Ominous Numbers On Philadelphians’ Spending Habits

What better person than our city controller to spread some holiday cheer? If you recall, Alan Butkovitz made our Noisemakers list for 2010 for doing a thorough and diligent job as the city’s watchdog. But damn, Alan, can we get a minute to breathe before you ram some more depressing statistics down our throat? In his latest monthly economic forecast, Butkovitz...

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Kensington Strangler Facebook Hoax Goes National

Kensington Strangler Facebook Hoax Goes National

Yesterday we posted a blog on PhillyNow about how the “Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love” Facebook page falsely accused Triz Jefferies of being a serial killer. That story (via the AP and CBS) has since dominated headlines and even made its way to the Drudge Report, where media man Matt Drudge coupled the headline with one...

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DAILY GRINDER: Ask Not What Casey Has Done For You (Just Shrug And Say You’ll Vote For Him)

DAILY GRINDER: Ask Not What Casey Has Done For You (Just Shrug And Say You’ll Vote For Him)

We loved this rumor that circulated yesterday. It was the whole thing about Sestak battling Senator Bob Casey for his seat in 2012. Well, Sestak has since “downplayed” (but not denied) those rumors. But the real story here is the reason why Sestak won’t be running for office: A whopping 13 percent of Pennsylvania Dems think Casey doesn’t deserve a second...

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DAILY GRINDER: Blogging About Typewriters, Another Bomb From Statham, Sestak Can Feel Free To Leave When It Feels Good For Him

DAILY GRINDER: Blogging About Typewriters, Another Bomb From Statham, Sestak Can Feel Free To Leave When It Feels Good For Him

This is either something or nothing, but not neither: About a dozen typewriter enthusiasts showed up at 30th Street Station for a “type in” on Saturday. The event organizer told the AP typewriters last longer than computers, which often become figuratively obsolete overnight. And in the ultimate irony, they blogged about it. On their blog. [Philly Typer] Philly...

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Students At Drew Elementary Help Revamp Cafeteria Food

Students At Drew Elementary Help Revamp Cafeteria Food

Remember back in elementary school when eating cafeteria food meant forcing school district-sponsored slop down your gullet, washed down by syrupy chocolate milk and a cup of soggy peaches or pears floating in a soupy broth like dead fish? Word on the street is that cafeteria food has since improved (there’s really nowhere to go but up), but students at...

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‘Not only should Michael Vick be allowed to own a dog, he ought to be forced to, via court order’: Reactions To (Recent) Vick Controversy

We assume you heard about this: “I would love to have another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” Vick said in an interview on TheGrio.com. Michael Vick is currently barred from owning a dog for the rest of his probation. Nevertheless, his comments sparked some controversy over the past couple...

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