Mayor Nutter Tours France

CBS Philly reports: “Mayor Nutter is in France for the next six days for a trip that officials say is aimed at promoting French investment in Philadelphia. Joining him are his wife, Lisa, and six members of the local business community.”

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It Happened: A Good Guy With a Gun Stopped a Bad Guy With a Gun

A hospital worker embraces a woman near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecutor said a gunman opened fire inside the psychiatric unit leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself. (AP Photo)

A hospital worker embraces a woman near the scene of a shooting at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A prosecutor said a gunman opened fire inside the psychiatric unit leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself. (AP Photo)

Everytime a gun massacre occurs, gun enthusiasts have suggested that what the world needs is … more guns. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” they say. The problem? Good guys with guns so rarely seem to make the scene — and bad guys with guns end up doing quite a bit of damage.

Until Thursday at least. A “gun-toting doctor” at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby shot and injured his assailant, effectively ending the attack — and there’s a good chance as a result this story is going to get some front-and-center attention in the national gun debate. 

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5 Reasons to Vote (No Really!) For Tom Corbett

Barring some disastrous circumstances, I can’t really see myself voting for Tom Corbett’s re-election in November.

Then again, you probably can’t either.  Polls consistently show the Republican governor down about 20 points or more to Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger, and while there’s plenty of time to narrow the gap, it’s hard to imagine that Corbett has any news up his sleeve that will suddenly make him attractive to an electorate that’s found him so unattractive for so long.

Understanding Corbett’s predicament is easy: He didn’t prioritize education the way he should’ve — in Philly, he seemed more interested in breaking the teachers union than in educating kids.The state economy is anemic, even by the anemic standards of post-recession America. His fracking policy seems designed to serve energy companies instead of the people of his state. It’s not a great record.

And then there’s this:

Still, it’s easy to imagine scenarios under which the last four years could’ve been worse. My home state of Kansas, for example, has been getting an example of what happens when the GOP id is unleashed — and it’s left almost nobody happy.

So in the interest of fairness — and just to see if I could — I’ve scrounged up five reasons Tom Corbett might deserve re-election. Maybe.

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City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

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4712 Worth Street (center)
Photo credit: Google Street View.

It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of neighborhood meeting complaints and 311 calls to the city, the boarded up charred remains of this Frankford home are finally being removed. And at a heavier penny than usual, too.

John Loftus of the Northeast Times reports that after 4712 Worth Street burned down last July, the city stamped it with the ever ubiquitous “imminently dangerous” label and barred its entry. (Although a neighbor says possums and raccoons still managed to settle in.)

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10 Amazing Buys You Can Still Score at Nordstrom’s Major Anniversary Sale

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There is a strategy for shopping major sales. You’ve got to scope out the surroundings (what are the discounts, and will they get steeper the longer you wait?). Then you have to circle the sale quietly, like a predator hunting down its prey. And then, when you’re sure that you’re buying something for the right reasons—i.e. not just because an item was ridiculously expensive and now it’s not, which is tempting but RESIST!—you have to pounce, because sale items go quick, especially the sale items at Nordstrom’s major anniversary sale, which just so happens to be in full swing right now.

The sale ends on August 4th, when all discounted items return to full price. (Sad trombone.) This means you don’t have time to painstakingly click through page after page of sale items. So we’ve done it all for you, and we’ve experienced the pain of realizing that the Chloé satchel is unavailable, so you won’t even have to bother clicking on it. You’re welcome.

See our picks here.

The Only 5 Strength-Training Exercises You Need To Do To Get In Wedding Shape 

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Our buds over at Be Well were talking about this article this week, and because we love anything that’s timeless, classic, and no-frills, we’re sharing it with you, too.

It’s a breakdown from Women’s Health on the only five strength-training exercises that anyone really needs to do—no need for new-fangled or fancy or complicated!—because altogether, they basically hit your entire body. (And better yet, you don’t need to be in a gym to do them!)

Add these moves into some cardio, some good nutrition, and you’re pretty much good to go on your journey to get fabulously dress-ready before you rock it down that aisle.

For more on bridal health, fitness and nutrition go here

RELATED: 10 Philly Fitness Packages Designed to Help Brides Get In Wedding-Day Shape 

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