What caused that crazy loud thunder this morning, anyway?

What caused that crazy loud thunder this morning, anyway?

Loud thunder resembling a long, rolling explosion hit Philadelphia this morning at 10:20 a.m., rattling buildings and sending dogs everywhere scattering into closets. It surprised basically everyone — but what made it happen? “Sound waves are better able to travel in cold, dense air,” noted NBC meteorologist Bill Henley in a report this morning. “Sound...

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“Bird,” “Partly Sunny,” other bike racks to debut at Philly Flower Show

“Bird,” “Partly Sunny,” other bike racks to debut at Philly Flower Show

"Partly Sunny" bike rack The Philadelphia Flower Show is coming to town on March 1st. And there, amidst all the flowers, will be eight new bike racks designed by artists from Philadelphia and around the country. The rack designs were chosen amongst 150 entries during a summer 2013 contest made possible by the Knight Foundation and will be installed...

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AP Ticker’s Piggie of the Week: Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord

AP Ticker’s Piggie of the Week: Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord

Don’t say Scrapple News doesn’t take on Democrats every once in a while. This week, AP Ticker sounds off on Democratic frontrunners, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and PA Treasurer Rob McCord. “On one side, we have someone who takes food out of the mouths of poor people while pretending to be a progressive. On the other, someone who destroys public education...

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Gay South Philly couple seek, then denied, marriage license

Gay South Philly couple seek, then denied, marriage license

South Philly couple and gay marriage advocates Bob and Bill Sullivan publicly announced they’d head up to City Hall today and attempt to get a license. Marriage equality is of course not legal in Pennsylvania, but the Sullivans say they were married four years ago in Vermont and believe they should receive the legal benefits of marriage here. What’s worse:...

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Can Pennsylvania use fracking waste as road salt?

Can Pennsylvania use fracking waste as road salt?

Pennsylvania is arguably the frack-friendliest state in the U.S. So friendly, in fact, according to a recent report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, our government has been coming up with new and downright freaky uses for the hydraulic fracturing byproduct we’ve often heard so much about. The state Department of Environmental Protection has rescinded a Marcellus...

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Why a burrito bar was named the best Philly restaurant to work at

Why a burrito bar was named the best Philly restaurant to work at

In their annual “Diner’s Guide to Ethical Eating,” the Restaurant Opportunities Center named 13 Philadelphia restaurants—including Fergie’s Pub, Monk’s Café, The Random Tea Room and El Fuego—among 80 restaurants advancing industry standards in employment. The Restaurant Opportunities Center, a national workers’ organization with local centers...

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Patch Adams endorses Northwest Philly Green candidate for Governor

Patch Adams endorses Northwest Philly Green candidate for Governor

Patch Adams Remember we introduced you to Paul Glover, the Northwest Philly community organizer who is likely to represent the Green Party on this year’s ballot for governor? This week, he was endorsed by Patch Adams, the physician, clown, and social activist perhaps best known for the 1998 film based on his life starring Robin Williams. “Is this the first...

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WATCH: Pat Toomey slams Mumia’s lawyer on Senate floor

WATCH: Pat Toomey slams Mumia’s lawyer on Senate floor

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s controversial Philly murder trial and subsequent legal battles wormed their way back into the news cycle recently, as President Obama nominated ex-NAACP fund head Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil rights unit. Adegbile’s nomination has been decried by the Fraternal Order of Police and conservative politicians because...

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Q&A: Gov candidate Schwartz on LGBT rights, abortion, marijuana and more

Q&A: Gov candidate Schwartz on LGBT rights, abortion, marijuana and more

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz may have the best shot of any woman in Pennsylvania history to become governor. In the state’s Democratic primary this year, she’s already raised the most funds and has consistently been seen by pundits and in polls as the frontrunner to defeat Republican Governor Tom Corbett in November. As noted earlier this week, I held...

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#SNOW: All SEPTA buses suspended; where to drink

#SNOW: All SEPTA buses suspended; where to drink

Well, it’s hashtag-snow out there. SEPTA has done a lot of well-predicted canceling, as have schools and some area businesses. Below, check out a press release from SEPTA sent out at 10:49 a.m. BUS: All city and suburban bus service remains suspended until further notice. Service was suspended starting at10 a.m. due to deteriorating weather conditions....

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