State Approves Plan to Place Cameras in Philly Taxis

A state review body on Thursday approved a city plan to install cameras in every single taxi cab operating in Philadelphia.

The plan, proposed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, would affect 5,000 workers, medallion owners, and dispatchers. The system would let drivers hit a “panic” button to transmit live video to dispatchers and the PPA — a safety measure intended to deter a wave of violence against drivers.

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Penn State Coach’s Daughter Has Sickle Cell Anemia

Speaking to the media yesterday, Penn State football coach James Franklin revealed his daughter Addy has sickle cell anemia. Franklin, who was hired to replace Bill O’Brien in January, has two daughters, Addison, 5, and Shola, 6.

Franklin and his wife, Fumi, have known Addy had the disease since birth. Sickle cell anemia causes red blood cells to form a crescent shape (like a sickle) because they contain abnormal hemoglobin. Approximately 1 in 5,000 Americans have the disease, mostly African-Americans.

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Haverford Modern: Is This a Hecto-Oxagonal-Geodesical-Solaris Home?

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This home, built (quite clearly) in 1974, has that era’s California modern thing going on, but also a few contemporary touches you’d see in a home today, like the glowing red sink. Though it was previously marketed “as is” after a foreclosure, it seems to have been spiffed up quite a bit, with a kitchen featuring the following: “Italian Pedini cabinetry, silestone/quartz countertops, porcelain floor tile, a conduction cooktop, chef’s gourmet range hood, two stainless steel refrigerators, a large island, double convection oven, several glass door pantries, a butler’s pantry (with additional cabinetry, sink and second fridge) and a glass backsplash.” Updating the kitchen can’t fail.

More technically, there’s a new HVAC system and a pool surrounded by a new paver patio. But the photos really demonstrate what the house has to offer. Gallery below.

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INTERVIEW: Boyhood Director Richard Linklater

Writer/Director Richard Linklater has released a steady stream of critically adored indie films since 1988′s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books, but it’s taken the Texan much longer to connect with larger audiences. He doesn’t move in grand plot schemes or subversive genre machinations, his films are content to spend their time exploring lengthy, engrossing philosophical discussions between protagonists—be they young, yet-to-be-lovers in Before Sunrise, an animated character exploring a dream world in Waking Life, or an undercover cop in the near future who tries a new drug and begins to unravel in A Scanner Darkly.

His new film, Boyhood, takes the idea of time passing (another frequent obsession in his work) and actually builds it into the fabric of the film. The result, shot over 12 years, begins with a 6-year-old protagonist and follows him through the day he leaves home for college. It is easily one of the best films of the year. He spoke with us about his body of work, his life outside filmmaking, and the female protagonist with whom he most identifies.

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How to Have a Secret First & Father-Daughter Dance, for Spotlight-Averse Brides  

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Well isn’t this just the week of my clever friends sharing with me their clever wedding ideas!

Today, it’s about my friend Erica and her plan—which she has given me her blessing to share and you her blessing to steal!—for doing the special dances at her upcoming fall wedding (you know, she and her groom, she and her dad, etc.) but kinda not doing the special dances at her wedding. Here’s what we mean.

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Pssst! HipCityVeg Has a Secret Menu Item You’ve Never Tried

Hip City Veg | Photo by Christoper Gabello

Hip City Veg | Photo by Christoper Gabello

Just a quick redirect here: The folks over at Zagat Philly have a post this week about secret menu items (i.e. off-menu dishes you have to know to ask for) at 20 Philly restaurants. Color me surprised to find a delicious-sounding item from one of my favorite lunch spots, HipCityVeg: a vegan grilled chick’n club sandwich that apparently only people in the know have been enjoying for who knows how long. I feel robbed.

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There Have Been Way More Fireflies in Philly This Year

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Thanks in part to a wet spring, there have been way more fireflies in Philadelphia this year. Neat! You’ll have to get a bigger jar to keep them in this year. (Make sure to poke holes in the top. Or, whatever, don’t they just die anyway when you do that? Yeah, wait: Don’t keep lightning bugs in a jar at all! Let them be!)

In addition to the humid weather this year, invertebrate scientist Karen Verderame says the city’s decision to use fewer pesticides have helped the firefly population. “People have been getting more connected to their environment, planting local species in their gardens, that could contribute,” she adds.

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