SEPTA Won’t Strike Monday

Although SEPTA union workers are expected to take a strike authorization vote on Sunday, the union is not expected to strike on Monday.

Transit Workers Union Local 234 head Willie Brown plans to call a news conference Monday at 4 p.m. to discuss the union workers’ dissatisfaction with SEPTA’s offer. The primary sticking points are health care and pensions.

“Our team has been working to reach an agreement that our members deserve,” Brown said in a statement. “But so far, management has been unwilling to reach a reasonable compromise on pensions, health care and other issues that are of serious concern to our membership.”

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Philly TV News: Lots of Campaign Ads, But No Coverage

The Sunlight Foundation recently watched a half-hour of the CBS 3 local news and found a wide disparity between the number of political commercials and the amount of time covering local political news. Specifically, during that half hour of Eyewitness News, there were 11 political commercials — and zero political stories.

“Instead of an all-news channel for news junkies, a channel for ad junkies!” Penn’s Kathleen Hall Jameson told the Foundation.

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Rich Tech Bro Speaks at Kensington HS, Struggles To Give Advice

On Wednesday this week, entrepreneur Alex Klein spoke at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School. He went to Yale and Cambridge and is creating a built-it-yourself computer with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Klein’s dad founded Getty Images.

The Inquirer’s Maria Panaritis was there to capture the exchange between Klein and a smart Philadelphia kid with a pointed question.

“Did you have a strong support system while being raised, to get where you are now?” asked senior Joshua Camacho, 18 [...] “What would you tell people,” Camacho added, “who might not have that support system?”

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Pa. State Senator to Plead Guilty to Felony Charge

Pennsylvania State Senator LeAnna Washington will plead guilty next week to charges she used taxpayer money to fund political fundraisers.

Washington is facing two felony counts of theft of services. It’s not clear if she’s pleading guilty to one or both counts, and neither the prosecution nor the defense would say if she would serve any jail time. She faced 12 years.

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Man Accused of Montco Murder Found In North Carolina

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Montgomery County authorities announced Friday the arrest of Chad Marshall Wilcox — the man accused of killing 36-year-old Manuel Hakimian last month. In a release, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Wilcox admitted to North Carolina authorities that he plotted to meet Hakimian on Craigslist for a sexual encounter with the intention of robbing him.

Hakiman was found dead on the evening of September 21st, his throat slashed.

After he committed the murder, authorities say, Wilcox stole Hakimian’s car and wallet. He was first spotted in Tennessee and Kentucky. An officer spotted Wilcox in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a chase ensued. Wilcox, 28, crashed the stolen car and escaped on foot.

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Chip Kelly Isn’t Leaving the Eagles for the University of Florida

Things are going pretty well for Eagles fans right now. The Birds are 5-1, neck-and-neck with Dallas at the top of the NFC East, and it’s already looking like the team made the right choice in Chip Kelly.

But could one thing take it all away? Could Chip Kelly leave the team for a college?

Well, no. No no no. Recently, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd reported that Chip Kelly would take Florida’s call if they picked up the phone to offer him a job. Florida currently has a coach, but is expected to fire Will Muschamp after the season.

A reporter who covers Florida’s conference said Kelly would be a perfect fit: “The name that I keep hearing around the country is Chip Kelly. And everybody says, ‘well, he’s the Philadelphia Eagle coach.’ But he really is the kind of guy that needs to come in there and take over that program.”

Well, ease any fears you have, people. It’s not going to happen. It’s a stupid rumor.

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Northeast Philly Man Shoots Fiancée’s Dad With Rifle Multiple Times

A Bustleton man fired multiple shots from a high-powered rifle at his fiance’s father in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philly on Thursday, police said.

At least 28 shots were fired in the attack on the 8900 block of Alton Street near Pennypack Park. The victim was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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Central Bucks West H.S. Cancels Football Season After Hazing Reports

The superintendent of the Central Bucks School District announced Thursday that the remainder of Central Bucks West High School’s football season has been canceled. The decision to cancel the rest of the season, Superintendent David Weitzel wrote, came after reports of hazing on the team, including rookies being forced to grab other players genitals. C.B. West was supposed to play rival C.B. East tonight in its homecoming game.

Other players were reportedly involved in waterboarding, per police, but the process was not quite the same as the torture: Players had towels draped over their head and were then lead into the shower.

“Appropriate team-building activities cannot be permitted to spiral out of control and become hazing,” Weitzel wrote. “As educators, we must do what is right for all of our students, who deserve to be treated with dignity and with respect.”

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Mayor Nutter Taking School Toilet Paper Requests on Twitter

The above tweet, from Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, was sent last night. It’s a laudable idea: Some schools don’t have enough toilet paper, hand soap or paper towels in the bathrooms, so the mayor has volunteered his Twitter page for schools to put out an easy alert when they need bathroom supplies.

It’s also a laughable idea: The mayor has to go to Twitter to ask where best to direct bathroom supplies to schools. This is a city where the Constitution Center just honored Malala Yousafzai for advocating for girls’ education, and we can’t even get enough toilet paper for our schools.

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Anti-Gay Flier in N.J. Senate Race Has “Cory Brooker” Typo

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is likely to coast to re-election next month. He’s way ahead in the polls against conservative businessman Jeff Bell.

But that hasn’t stopped the Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative Christian advocacy group that is against gay marriage, taxpayer-funded art, abortion, hate crime laws and the “mainstream media’s promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs.” It’s a nonprofit 501(c)4 political organization.

And, yes, it misspelled Cory Booker’s name as “Cory Brooker” on a flier sent to New Jersey residents. (The one above was sent to a Mercer County resident.)

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