Police Marine Unit Pulls Body from the Schuylkill

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the marine unit recovered a body from the Schuylkill River Friday afternoon.

No identity has been released, though lieutenant John Stanford in the department’s public affairs office says the body of a white male was pulled from the river near the Walnut Street bridge.

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The Scariest Storm Prediction Images on Facebook

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Storm Snow arrival times via accuweather.com

For many of you planning to turn President’s Day weekend into a quick get-away from this winter o’ cold ’n’ doom ’n’ horrors, the impending nor’easter has likely thrown a big clunky wrench into your travel plans. 

While on hold last night trying to swap a Thursday morning flight for a Friday departure, a scroll through my Facebook feed filled me with abject dread. We’ve all had our share of terrifying (and vaguely/not-vaguely phallic) storm front imagery this winter, but there’s something about this latest batch of storm prediction shots that’s especially terrifying (and not-vaguely phallic).

The Scariest Storm Prediction Images after the jump »

Philly Ice Storm Taking A Toll on Trees and Roads of Chestnut Hill and Northern Suburbs

Phillymag.com correspondent Larry Mendte, who rounded up a bunch of Emmy nominations last night, is celebrating by pounding the icy pavement to document the toll the Philly ice sorm and freezing rain have been taking on the region’s trees, roads and power lines. We’ll add more photos as we get them. 

Photo | Larry Mendte

Photo | Larry Mendte

More of Larry Mendte’s photos after the jump »

Cecily Tynan: 3 Possible Storms Next Week

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Graphic via Accuweather.

Our friends at Be Well Philly have tipped us off to the fact that Philly weather juggernaut Cecily Tynan is warning of snow on Monday. Sayeth Tynan:

What we get depends on track. A southern track (scenario #1) would keep most of the precipitation south of us, bringing us nothing more than flurries. But a northern track (scenario #2) would give us rain changing over to several inches of accumulating wet snow. UGH!

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Two Former Closers, One Former Catcher Possible Replacements for Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews

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The first major ripple from the Phillies’ new television deal with Comcast sees longtime television broadcasters Gary “Sarge” Matthews (seven years) and Chris Wheeler (37 years!) ousted from the booth (but not the organization).

Todd Zolecki is reporting that Comcast wants one color commentator to replace the duo.

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Snowstorm Hercules Shuts Down Schools; Philly Remains Officially Pumped About Playoffs

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While the lead story over at the school district is that thanks to Snowstorm Hercules, all Philly public schools are closed, along with what seems like every other school in the Delaware Valley

And the Office of Emergency Management has declared a Code Blue, meaning that if you see a homeless person who appears to need some help getting out of the snow and blistering cold, please call the Homeless Outreach Center at 215-232-1984 …

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Jon Solomon’s Top 5 Hip-Hop Christmas Songs

Jon-Solomon-400x400For a quarter of a century now, WPRB DJ Jon Solomon has been staying up all night playing holiday music from Christmas Eve deep into Christmas evening. This year, to celebrate 25 years of 24-Hour Holiday Radio marathons, Solomon’s actually kicking things up a notch: He’s hosting a 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show.

Starting at 5 p.m. on 103.3 FM (and streaming on wprb.com) on December 24th and running through 6 p.m. on December 25th, Solomon will play unusual, off-beat and otherwise non-traditional Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holiday music interspersed with listener-submitted radio stories. (As for what’s in store for that extra hour, Solomon says, “More show = more Christmas. I want to try and get to as many favorites as possible! This extra hour gives me some additional opportunities to do so!”)

We asked Solomon — who spun a set of Christmas-themed hip-hop at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle a couple of weeks back — to list his five favorite Christmas hip-hop cuts. He was happy to oblige.

“I love ‘Christmas In Hollis,’” says Solomon, “but there’s so much more to Xmas hip-hop than just Run-DMC.”

Jon Solomon’s Top 5 Hip-Hop Christmas Songs After the Jump »

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