N.J. State Police: 2 Children Shot to Death in Burlco Home

New Jersey state police confirmed today that two children, a boy and a girl, were killed and two other people wounded in a shooting in Tabernacle. Other family members discovered the bodies and surviving victims, per state police.

Police believe the incident to be a murder suicide, according to 6 ABC. “There is not a massive manhunt going on,” Capt. Stephen Jones told reporters. “The public should not be alarmed or feel threatened.”

Neighbors told the station it is a house with several families in it. The shooting took place sometime between midnight and 9 a.m.

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Hotel Slated for Little Pete’s Site Moves Forward

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The hotel planned for the site currently occupied by a parking garage and Little Pete’s diner advanced earlier this week. Philadelphia’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend a bill that would amend zoning regulations to allow the Hudson Hotel to be built at the site.

The bill would allow the hotel to proceed without going to the zoning board. The planning commission said it considered this corrective rather than spot zoning, as it seems like 17th and Chancellor should already be zoned to allow hotel construction. City Council’s rules committee will vote on the bill rezoning the site on December 2nd.

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North Wildwood’s “Fudgy Wudgy Man” Dies at 76

Andy Markee, known to vacationers for years as the quintessential Fudgy Wudgy Man on Wildwood’s beaches, has died. He had been selling ice cream, primarily in North Wildwood, for decades.

Shore News Today reported the death earlier this week. A Florida funeral home posted a death notice earlier.

“He’s been part of the landscape of the North Wildwood beach for as long as I can remember … he was just a constant,” Al Alven of Wildwood 365 told Shore News Today. “There were several Fudgy Wudgy Men, but he was the Fudgy Wudgy Man.”

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90 Pounds of Pot Sent to 69th Street City Blue to Be Destroyed

An unknown person shipped 90 pounds of marijuana to the 69th Street City Blue, Upper Darby police said. The reefer was shipped to the store with a name of someone who doesn’t work there.

“When I opened the boxes and looked inside there was no men’s clothing,” the City Blue manager told NBC 10. “It was marijuana.”

Police said the 90 pounds of marijuana was worth about $3,000 a pound. Average drug prices put an average pound of pot in Philadelphia at $800 to $1,500.

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It Was a Miserable Night for Philadelphia Sports

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) reacts against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 19, 2014.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) reacts against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 19, 2014.

It was not a good night to be a Philadelphia sports fan.

First off, the Sixers lost. That’s not necessarily news, but this was a game they might have been able to win! They led the hated Celtics by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but eventually lost 101-90. The record for most losses to start a season is 18. The Sixers are 0-11.

Meanwhile, Tony Wroten fired back at Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who said the University of Kentucky basketball team would beat the Sixers this year. I see no reason we can’t make this exhibition happen — it might be a chance for the 76ers to actually get a win.

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Baggage Handlers Picket at PHL Airport

A group of baggage handlers have been picketing at Philadelphia International Airport since this morning.

Though the Pennsylvania director of SEIU 32BJ called the action a strike, Philly.com reports no flights appear to be affected. The airport previously said airlines have a contingency plan in case of a strike. The striking workers are employees of PrimeFlight, an airline contractor, working in ground transportation at the airport (baggage handling, wheelchair transport, curbside check-in, etc.).

The non-union workers make as little as the federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage hike for city contractors Michael Nutter ordered in May does not apply to the PrimeFlight workers. Read more »

PHOTOS: Sneak Peek at Winterfest at Blue Cross RiverRink

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After the phenomenal success of Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer, the team at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has a tough act to follow. They’ve pulled out all the stops this year with three Jose Garces restaurants, a 43-foot Christmas tree and the always-popular ice rink.

The DRWC’s Emma Fried-Cassorla gave us a sneak peek yesterday at the ongoing work at the Winterfest site, located at Chestnut Street on the Delaware.



King of Prussia Mall Unveils Expansion Plans

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The owner of the King of Prussia Mall unveiled its expansion plans yesterday. Simon Property Group announced details and showed off renderings of the already-underway expansion that will connect the two malls at King of Prussia, The Court and The Plaza.

The 155,000-square-foot expansion, which will be fully enclosed, is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. The mall will also add a new parking garage “with speed ramps, space location technology and valet service.”

Click here for renderings.

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