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.”

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


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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Police Release Video of Suspects in Attack of Two Gay Men in Center City

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m., Sept. 24th: After charges and arrests were made, the Philadelphia Police Department has apparently made the suspect video private. The page on the department site where the video resided is also no longer active.

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m. Penn 6 Offers $10K Reward in Arrest of Center City Hate Crime


Philadelphia police have released video of a group of people they’ve identified as suspects in the attack last Thursday of two gay men in Center City. Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime/assault and robbery.

The full statement from police below:

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Philly Cop Tayon Moore Charged With Stealing Drexel Student’s Phone


Philadelphia police announced that Tayon Moore, 31, a 7-year veteran of the force serving in the 35th district, has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and theft.

According to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office this afternoon:

On June 24, 2014, Officer Moore was driving his mother’s Chrysler 300 while off-duty and rear-ended a Drexel student at 34th and Chestnut. Officer Moore eventually pulled over at 30th and Chestnut. When the driver of the other car began to call 911, Officer Moore became agitated, grabbed the other driver’s cell phone and threw it over the bridge causing it to break. Officer Moore then left the scene of the accident without exchanging any information.

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Photos, Video From Taney Dragons Parade


Today was Taney Dragons Day in Philadelphia, the day the whole city came out to celebrate the Little League team that took us on that wild, wonderful ride over the last few weeks. Mayor Nutter even declared it Taney Dragons Day:

Earlier, we gave you the best social media shots of the parade. Since the parade started right outside our door here at 1818 Market Street, we sent our staff out into the streets to capture the sights and sounds:

Video and photos from the Taney Dragons parade after the jump »

UPDATE: Partially Clothed Stabbed Man, Two Bodies Found Along Kelly Drive

[Update 9:34 a.m.] Action News has a gallery of photos:’s Emily Babay has been live-tweeting from the scene. She reports:

Two men were stabbed, bound and their bodies sunk with a makeshift anchor in the Schuylkill River, while a third man found half-dressed said he had been abducted in a bizarre series of events off Kelly Drive early this morning.

She reports that the 20-year-old survivor told police he was kidnapped at 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue.

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