Removal of ‘PNB’ Letters Suspended; Three Taken Down Already

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City officials confirmed Friday that the PNB letters on One South Broad would be removed Sunday morning. The removal, to be done by helicopter, was expected to take about six hours; streets would be closed around the building from 6 a.m. to noon.

Whoops! By a little after 10 a.m., just two letters had been removed. The permit for closing the streets was extended to 4 p.m., but it didn’t appear all the letters would be removed in time.

Indeed, only one more letter was removed. After a long delay, the helicopter took away the third letter on the south side of the building. It returned again, appearing prepared to take another letter, but eventually flew away.

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Taney Dragons Rally to Win in Final Inning

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The Taney Dragons are just one win away from the United States championship game after a dramatic victory Sunday night.

In the team’s second game in the 2014 Little League World Series, Taney scored 2 runs in the bottom of the final inning to defeat Pearland East of Texas, 7-6. Down a run with two outs in the sixth, Zion Spearman tied it with a triple. He then scored on a Texas throwing error after Tai Shanahan hit a grounder to short.

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Taney Dragons Dominate Little League World Series Opener

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The Taney Dragons opened the first Little League World Series appearance by a Philadelphia team with a bang. Jared Sprague-Lott hit a three run homer in the first inning, and Mo’Ne Davis dominated on the mound the rest of the way in the Dragons’ 4-0 win over South Nashville.

Davis pitched her second straight complete game, allowing just two hits. She struck out eight batters in her six innings of work and rarely appeared to struggle against any hitter. She struck out the side in the final inning.

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Judges: Johnny Doc’s Videotaped Deposition Will Not Be Sealed

IBEW Local 98 business manager John Dougherty is suing current Inquirer reporter Karen Heller over a column she wrote in 2009. Heller did get the facts wrong in her column — she said electricians charged exorbitant amounts to put up lights in Rittenhouse Square, when in fact they donated their time — but apologized and ran a correction as requested.

Not good enough, says Dougherty’s defamation lawsuit, which alleges an uncorrected version stayed on a third-party website for two years and on Heller’s Facebook page “for some brief period of time.” Hence, the lawsuit. But, as part of the suit, Johnny Doc has been ordered to submit to a videotaped deposition. He doesn’t want it released to the media, and motioned for such. According to the Legal Intelligencer,a judge turned down his request.

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Go Taney Little Leaguers!

Every few years, a minor sport enters the Philadelphia’s public consciousness and becomes An Event. It happened about 10 years ago, when Smarty Jones almost won the triple crown. Then it happened again with two other good horses, Afleet Alex and Barbaro (R.I.P.). And, now: Little league! Yes, the whole city is excited about children playing baseball.

It’s tempting to get cynical about this — after all, baseball can be pretty boring even when adults are playing it, plus it’s the Little League World Series Presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. But resist! The Taney Dragons are awesome. Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis has “gained international prominence,” says the Inquirer, and the team also has a slugger (Zion Spearman) who hit a ball several hundred feet in the regional semifinal. This team’s great!

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Hundreds of Chickens Were Loose on a Delaware Road

Were you driving in southern Delaware earlier this week? If so, you might have experienced some delays from a bunch of chickens that spilled out onto the road.

The chicken spill happened around 4 a.m. Thursday morning near the split between Route 13 and 113.

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Philly Sole: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mankles But Were Afraid to Ask

Yes, these sneakers look like Wildwood boardwalk sand art.

Yes, these sneakers look like Wildwood boardwalk sand art.

It’s been the summer of the mankle.

Let’s backtrack: Two summers ago, UK’s Daily Mail wrote about “the rise of the mankle.” The mankle trend — a portmanteau of “man” and “ankle”, obviously — was blamed on Jude Law. The Mail helpfully noted that “[s]ocks are suffering as the mankle increases in popularity; sales are down by 4% for the retailer.”

This summer the mankle trend spread, Beatles-like, to America. I first noticed it in a New York magazine article by Allison P. Davis, “Men, Throw Out Your Socks: It’s Mankles Season.” I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of my favorite pieces of the year:

At a recent happy hour with a guy friend, I mentioned that another friend (attractive, female, single) might be joining us. His response: “Julia’s coming by? Let me take my socks off.”

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Kacie McDonnell Is Leaving Fox 29

Kacie McDonnell announced today on Good Day Philadelphia that she’s leaving Fox 29 to move to Kansas City. The popular traffic reporter dates Aaron Murray, a former Georgia quarterback who was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

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District Makes Ominous Announcement About School Year

Screenshot via 6 ABC's live press conference feed

Screenshot via 6 ABC’s press conference feed

Protesters chanting “No education, no life!” ended a depressing press conference from Philadelphia School District superintentendent William Hite today. He didn’t announce layoffs, but said “we’re not out of the woods yet” on the school year. If Philly’s new cigarette tax is not approved by state lawmakers, Hite says the school district will have to make big cuts.

Hite said the district is no longer asking the teachers’ union to accept wage cuts, but is asking for changes to benefits. Without those reductions and/or additional money from the state in some way, the district will be forced to lay off employees in October. The school district still has an $81 million gap to reach the funding levels of last school year.

For now, 34 vacant school police officer positions will remain unfilled; 27 elementary schools will have to share police officers.

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