Roads, Bridges, SEPTA, and Sidewalks Are a Complete Mess Today

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This morning’s freezing rain is wreaking havoc on the area’s roadways. Major portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed or at a standstill, and all bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been affected by flash icing, with some remaining closed as crews apply salt.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, here’s where things stand:

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Here’s the Lawsuit the NRA Just Filed Against Philadelphia

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As promised, the National Rifle Association has filed suit against the City of Philadelphia for “for refusing to comply with a state law that prohibits local governments from enacting gun control ordinances,” according to a statement from the organization today.

The organization is filing suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster under the provisions of House Bill 80, which was signed into law in Harrisburg last year and allows membership organizations to sue municipalities where gun regulations  are more restrictive than state law. “The cities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lancaster have openly defied state law for decades.  They continue to willfully violate the law and insist on politically grandstanding at taxpayers’ expense,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative said in the statement.

The suit has just posted in the Philadelphia court system. We present it below as a public service. Stay tuned for more.

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Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Debut Today

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As if you needed another reason to go see the suddenly red-hot 76ers: Tonight, when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center, there will be a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp honoring the Philly hoops legend.

Put another way: Tonight, at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp, there will be a basketball game.

The pride of Overbook High is the first NBA player to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of philately. Punneth the USPS:

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Former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes Sentenced

tynes-bracelet-400When we last checked in with retired Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes, her $2,000 Tiffany bracelet was being waved around in front of the cameras as DA Seth Williams announced she would face corruption charges in the infamous case of the abandoned sting.

Now Tynes has been sentenced to serve two years in federal prison on perjury charges in the separate, also infamous, ticket-fixing investigation of Philadelphia’s now-defunct Traffic Court.

The Legal Intelligencer reports:

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Stop Mega Comcast Coalition Forms to, Uh, Stop Comcast

Photo | AP, Matt Rourke

Photo | AP, Matt Rourke

Opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger has been in no short supply. But that dissent seems to be coalescing a bit with the formation yesterday of the Stop Mega Comcast coalition, which pools the voices of several organizations that have previously expressed concerns about the union of the country’s two biggest cable outfits.

The group, which includes Dish Network, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Writers Guild of America West, the Rural Broadband Association, the Future of Music Coalition, the Sports Fan Coalition and Public Knowledge, among others, has come together to encourage the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the merger.

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Longtime Aramark Chairman Joseph Neubauer Stepping Down

Joesph Neubauer accepts the 2012 Philadelphia Award. Photo | HughE Dillon

Joesph Neubauer accepts the 2012 Philadelphia Award. Photo | HughE Dillon

In a statement yesterday, Aramark announced that Joseph Neubauer, the company’s longtime chairman of the board, intends to step down from that role after 30 years. Eric Foss, who succeeded Neubauer as the company’s president and CEO in 2012, has been elected by the company’s board of directors to be the new chairman.

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LISTEN: Kerkstra Talks Philly Fracking Boom on Radio Times

This morning on WHYY’s Radio Times, Philadelphia magazine deputy editor Patrick Kerkstra joined Mark Alan Hughes — professor of practice at PennDesign and faculty director of The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania — for a discussion of his October magazine feature on Philadelphia’s fracking-powered energy future.

Listen to the conversation with Hughes and host Marty Moss-Coane above, then check out Kerkstra’s piece, “Pipe Dreams: Philadelphia is on the verge of a fracking-powered industrial boom that could fundamentally reshape the city’s economy, landscape and image.”

DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off Party at Bluecadet

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DesignPhiladelphia, the annual city-wide celebration honoring design in the Philadelphia region kicked off its 10th annual city-wide nine-day festival with a party at Bluecadet, an award-winning digital agency in Fishtown. The evening consisted of specialty cocktails, a silent auction featuring Ikea mirrors transformed by 20 Philadelphia design stars, and Design Philadelphia t-shirts as parting gifts for guests.

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I Tried It: FairWear’s Wicking Dress Shirt for Bike Commuters

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The FairWear Girard SSBB (left) being worn by someone much cooler than the author (right).

If you’re a bike commuter, you know that your biggest headache isn’t the proliferation of hard-to-see potholes, the treachery of dew-slicked trolley tracks, nor even the cavalcade of a-hole drivers who treat bike lanes like their own personal turbo zones. No, the hands-down worst part of bike commuting is showing up for your morning meeting on a hot day with the sweat stripe from your over-shoulder bag emblazoned like a moist sash of shame across the front of your all-cotton button-up.

So it was with a mix of intrigue and skepticism that I tried out a shirt from local outfit FairWear’s performance fabrics collection. The thought of a dress shirt with Cool Max wicking technology was — like the company’s motto of “No Perspiration Without Representation” — both peculiar and galvanizing.

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