A Roundup of Last Night’s TV Weather Madness

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“A monster storm spanning half the country” was how Fox 29 anchor Iain Page kicked off Wednesday night’s 10 o’clock news. It hadn’t yet begun snowing, but forecasts were calling for between 4 and 6 inches. The radar showed that, yes, this storm was quite large. It has been cold this year, but we haven’t gotten a ton of snow accumulation. We were reminded quite often this snowfall could be larger than anything we’d seen in a year. “What could be our biggest snowstorm of the winter begins in just hours,” Page said. Read more »

Cops: Pit Bull Stolen From Outside Philly Drug Store

Philadelphia police released surveillance video today of a dognapping.

Cops say the theft took place Monday outside the Rite Aid at 2545 Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond. (Depending on who you ask, this might be considered Kensington.) Cops say a 20-year-old woman left her grey and white pit bull, five months old, tied up outside the Rite Aid at 11 a.m. Monday. When she returned, the dog was gone. The man fled in a royal blue SUV. Read more »

Impending “Snow and Sleet Sandwich” Leads to Early Dismissals, Cancellations

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Did you hear? Of course you’ve heard: More ice and snow is on its way.

The Philadelphia area is actually taking a one-two-three hit from winter weather over the next few days. Phillywx is calling it a “Snow and Sleet Sandwich Storm.” Precipitation started across Pennsylvania earlier on Tuesday, and it is expected to roll into the Philadelphia area in an hour or so.

Your commute home is going to be messy: Per multiple forecasts, snow will be brief. It is expected to change over to sleet right at rush hour and move to freezing rain later in the evening. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing sometime after 9; Phillywx says “road conditions should gradually improve through the night in the Philadelphia metro.” Read more »

Ex-Stripper: Delilah’s Paid Dancers Less Than Minimum Wage

Some allegations from the lawsuit filed against Delilah's Den last month.

Some allegations from the lawsuit filed against Delilah’s Den last month.

Melody Schofield began dancing at Delilah’s Den in 2007. While dancing there, she says she had to purchase particular outfits to wear on certain days: Lingerie on Wednesdays, black and gold for the Entertainer of the Year contest, red and green at Christmas. She also says she had to pay a house fee of $30 to $85 for the opportunity to dance on stage, and that she had to tip the DJ, the house mom and the makeup artists. If she didn’t work at certain special events — such as the Wing Bowl After Party — she claims, she would be fined up to $250.

All of these allegations were made by Schofield, who went by Coco at the club, in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Spring Garden Street strip club last month. It was first reported by the Inquirer this morning. Schofield is the lead plaintiff in a potential class-action lawsuit her lawyer says could have hundreds of potential claimants. The suit is seeking a class of all dancers who have worked at Delilah’s in the last three years and receive some of their income in tips.

A spokesman for Delilah’s told the Inquirer the “stage lease fee” is a strip club industry standard but declined to comment on the suit. Schofield left the club in November 2014. Read more »

WATCH: John Oliver on Infrastructure, Featuring Ed Rendell

Posts about John Oliver ethering someone have become an Internet tradition, but please forgive us this week: Last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight featured Ed Rendell!

Rendell wasn’t interviewed on the show, but it featured a clip of a 60 Minutes report from last year that included this tale:

In 2008 two contractors from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stopped to get a sausage sandwich, and parked their cars under this bridge.

Ed Rendell: And fortunately they wanted that sausage sandwich because they saw one of these piers with an eight-foot gash in it about five inches wide. And oh, they knew automatically that this bridge was in deep trouble.

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Activists: Why We Spent $7,000 to Fly Grumpy Cat Around the Comcast Center

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Photo courtesy of Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, wait, it’s … Grumpy Cat?

Yes, last Friday Philadelphians could see Grumpy Cat in the sky. It was part of a stunt pulled by three groups: Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press. They were all celebrating the FCC’s ruling the day before that reclassified the Internet as a utility — a victory for those in favor of net neutrality.

The plane was actually supposed to fly on Thursday, the day of the ruling, but bad weather prevented it from going up until the following day. “It was a good opportunity to take a literal victory lap,” Demand Progress Director of Operations Mark Stanley says. “When you mess with the Internet, the Internet’s going to fight back and going to win.” Read more »

How to Root for the Tanking Sixers — and Their 2015 Draft Picks

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Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).

With just one second on the clock, Utah’s Gordon Hayward got a good look. He caught the inbounds pass from the other baseline, took a dribble and fired a deep three …

It clanked off the back of the rim, though the referee was waving it off anyway.

And just like that, Sixers fans could exhale. The Lakers had won.

Wait. What?

Yes, as strange as it sounds, Sixers fans were cheering for the Lakers in last Wednesday night’s matchup with the Utah Jazz. And odd as it will feel, they’ll be cheering for them for the rest of the season. Regardless of how one feels about Sam Hinkie’s controversial plan for rebuilding the moribund 76ers, we can all agree on one thing: He’s to blame for the fact that Sixers fans will have to root for the purple and gold from here on out.

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Protesters Flying Grumpy Cat Banner Around Comcast Center

Above: The banner behind a plane flying around the Comcast Center today. Inset: A closeup of the message.

Above: The banner behind a plane flying around the Comcast Center today. Inset: A closeup of the message.

UPDATE: The activists behind the Grumpy Cat banner explain why they spent $7,000 on the stunt.

ORIGINAL: The group Demand Progress and two other organizations are flying a banner with Grumpy Cat on it around the Comcast Center today to gloat over yesterday’s FCC vote that affirmed new net neutrality rules.

The banner has a photo of Grumpy Cat and reads, “COMCAST: DON’T MESS WITH THE INTERNET.” The protest was organized by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press. Read more »

You Can Own Guns Mayor Frank Rizzo Used to Own

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson's Auction

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson’s Auction

Stephenson’s Auction, a Southampton based auction house, is currently selling numerous firearms and Nazi war memorabilia at auction. Also included in this collection? Three pistols once owned by Mayor Frank Rizzo.

The guns come with certificates of authenticity that call Rizzo “A True Larger Than Life Legend in the History of a Great City.” They’re signed by Rizzo’s son, Frank Rizzo Jr., and were previously sold to a collector. Rizzo died in July 1991 while attempting another run for mayor.

Cindy Stephenson, who owns the auction house, told NBC 10 the guns came from the estate of a man who was “a big Rizzo admirer.” They certificates of authenticity came from a previous sale of the three guns. Read more »

Learn About The History of Music Videos Tonight

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Stephen Pitalo likes music videos. He really likes them. So much so that he has a wide-ranging website about the Golden Age of Music Video, which he says is from 1976 to 1993. And tonight you can learn from his deep knowledge of music videos at The History of Music Videos: Part One at PhilaMOCA.

Pitalo’s multimedia presentation will begin with early jazz films, TV performances and movie musicals before eventually moving into the 1980s and the birth of MTV. It ends with the downfall of hair metal and the beginning of the Seattle grunge and alt-rock scene. Doors at PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St.) open at 7 pm; the event starts at 7:30 pm. Read more »

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