It’s Started Snowing — Thundersnowing — in Philadelphia

Try to stay calm people, but it’s snowing.

Yes, the Great Snow of Thanksgiving Eve 2014 is here. Though we’re only expecting around two inches of snow in the city, this is already an exciting snowstorm, because we’ve had some thundersnow.

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Could Caucus of Working Educators Oust PFT Leadership?

City Paper’s Daniel Denvir has a lengthy article today about the Caucus of Working Educators, a 141-member group founded in March that just held its first convention. Denvir compares it to Chicago’s Caucus of Rank and File Educators, which took over the Chicago Teachers Union in 2010 and held a successful, well-supported strike in 2012.

Of course, Philadelphia teachers are banned from striking by state law. But the article paints a picture of a group of teachers upset (or at least disappointed) with PFT leadership. The state takeover of schools in 2001, changing attitudes about unions, and the pro-charter school movement have stripped PFT of a lot of its power.

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Philly Cab Medallions to Be Discounted After UberX Arrival

UberX launched in Philadelphia a month ago. And — despite PPA stings and attempts to get Uber drivers fighting UberX — UberX is already affecting the taxi industry financially.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority announced yesterday it was dropping the price of medallions after 20 meant for wheelchair-accessible vehicles did not sell at $475,000.

The price has been cut to $350,000.

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Forbes: Flyers 7th-Most Valuable Team in NHL

Comcast has a few quirky items in its portfolio. Comcast Ventures backs a sports gambling site. Comcast owns theme parks based on a fictional boy wizard. The company also owns a ticketing company that is worse than Ticketmaster.

But the strangest business Comcast owns has to be the Philadelphia Flyers, a hockey team that usually does pretty well — but hasn’t won the Stanley Cup in almost 40 years, and sometimes still seems to be stuck in the 1970s. But not in how much the team is worth! Yesterday, Forbes posted its annual valuations of NHL teams, and the Flyers are the 7th-most valuable team in professional hockey.

Forbes values the Flyers at $625 million, based on revenue of $136 million last season and an operating income of $11 million.

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Former Flyers Coach Pat Quinn Dies at 71

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni team, from the left, Bill Barber, Eric Lindros, Bob Clarke and coach Pat Quinn (standing) on the bench during the Winter Classic Alumni hockey game with the New York Rangers Alumni team, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Philadelphia.  AP | Tom Mihalek

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni team, from the left, Bill Barber, Eric Lindros, Bob Clarke and coach Pat Quinn (standing) on the bench during the Winter Classic Alumni hockey game with the New York Rangers Alumni team, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Philadelphia.

Former Philadelphia Flyers coach Pat Quinn, who led the Flyers to an NHL-record 35-game unbeaten streak in 1980, has died after a long illness. He was 71.

Quinn — known as “The Big Irishman” — was a popular figure in hockey circles. He played seven years in the NHL as a defenseman in the late 1960s and ’70s. His first head coaching job was with the Flyers; he replaced Fred Shero late in the 1978-79 season. In the 1979-80 season, Quinn led the Flyers on their incredible streak: After losing its second game of the year, the team went 25-0-10 in its next 35 games.

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Daniel Faulkner Mural Dedicated at Emotional Ceremony

Faulkner mura. Photo by Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

A mural memorializing Daniel Faulkner, the police officer shot to death at 13th and Locust in 1981, was unveiled today on the 6th Police District headquarters in Chinatown. Scores of people, mostly police officers, gathered at 11th and Winter streets for the mural’s dedication.

The mural was done by Jon Laidacker, a 2007 PAFA grad. It was conceived just a few months ago by Police Sgt. Mark Palma, who went to Fraternal Order of Police head John McNesby and the Mural Arts Program with the idea. “Murals are one way of lifting up our heroes,” MAP head Jane Golden said.

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HollabackPHILLY Splits From National Organization


Due to differences over the “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” video, the Philadelphia branch of anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! — HollabackPHILLY — has split from the national organization.

While wildly popular, the “10 Hours” video was criticized for primarily featuring black and Latino catcallers. Hollaback chapters operate independently; the Philadelphia chapter did not have any input on the video.

HollabackPHILLY says it went to the national organization with concerns about the video, “they were not addressed sufficiently enough for us to continue the affiliation.”

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Cops: Mayfair Tire Slasher David Toledo Slashed More Tires

David Toledo, a convicted tire slasher

When David Toledo was convicted of 15 charges related to a string of tire slashings in Mayfair, his lawyer had a novel defense: He was merely a Mayfair tire slasher, not the Mayfair Tire Slasher.

“The jury, by its verdict, seems to have found that he damaged some tires,” his lawyer said, “but to call David Toledo the ‘Mayfair Tire Slasher’ now would be unfair.” Toledo got probation for his crimes. Now police say Toledo is at it again.

Police say a SEPTA driver was sitting in his car on the 1600 block of Creston Street when he spotted Toledo near the tire of his vehicle. The driver investigated and found a glue mousetrap with nails attached to the glue side.

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