Penn Vet Students to Learn on Jon Stewart’s Farm

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The veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania certainly are going Hollywood these days.

Months after it was revealed that a new “Penn Vet” reality show will feature the students and their work at West Philly’s Ryan Hospital, comes news that they’ll also be cooperating with comedian Jon Stewart and wife, Tracey, as they start an animal sanctuary in Monmouth County, N.J.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Penn students will join students from Rutgers’ Cook College to study animals at the sanctuary. The Stewarts want the sanctuary to become an “agricultural education center” that offers tours to the public.

“I do think of the farm as the perfect classroom,” Tracey Stewart told the Monmouth County Board of Agriculture on Tuesday night. “The goal of the farm is to get kids to be excited and to see where food is coming from.” Read more »

Sixers Avoid Historic Futility Mark

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans' Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans’ Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

It’s not quite the NBA equivalent of Villanova’s national championship — even if Sixers.com tried to lump the two events together — but it’ll have to do.

The Sixers on Tuesday night beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-93, in a game that gave the franchise its tenth victory of the season. Why is that meager number good news? It means the Sixers won’t tie the NBA record for fewest victories in an 82-game season. (That record is held, of course, by the 1972-73 76ers.)

Not exactly a Gatorade-splashing moment — they’re still 59 games in the win column behind the league-leading Golden State Warriors — but satisfying nonetheless. Read more »

Comcast-Backed Firm Invests in Groupon

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Honestly, we’d long thought Groupon had passed from being an exciting new thing to a stale joke about spending too much money to buy a coupon for a product or experience you’ll never end up using. But apparently Groupon’s still a thing.

We know this because this week a new company called Atairos announced it’s making a $250 million investment in Groupon. Why this matters in Philadelphia: Atairos was created by former Comcast CFO Michael J. Angelakis — and Comcast has a 10-year agreement to be the Atairos’ sole outside investor. Read more »

State Sues Atlantic City as Finances Unravel

Atlantic City at dusk, November 2014

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The state of New Jersey is suing Atlantic City, trying to force the municipality to make payments to the city’s public schools instead of making a scheduled payment to employees on Friday.

NJ.com quotes Gov. Chris Christie: “This won’t fix the city’s own financial problems. But it will prevent them from making Atlantic City students and their families collateral damage to their reckless financial games.”

ABC News reports the city owes the district $34 million through July. The lawsuit aims to put the school district “at the front of the line” for any money that Atlantic City, with its foundering casinos, can scrape together.  Read more »

Study: Yelp Pretty Good at Helping Patients Pick Hospitals

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Want to figure out how to get the best health care in town? Check out Yelp.

New Penn research — published in April issue of the journal Health Affairs — suggests the crowdsourced review site offers hospital assessments that line up closely with more formal, government-approved appraisals, and is often more comprehensive in its outlook.

“Yelp reviews are in real time and often written by patients for patients,” Dr. Raina M. Merchant, director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab, said in an announcement of the research results. Read more »

Study: Navy Yard One of Most Successful Redevelopment Projects in U.S. History

The Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

The Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

The long-running transformation of The Navy Yard from its shipbuilding past to its present as a growing urban office park has been hailed as one of the “most successful” redevelopment projects in U.S. history by the Urban Land Institute.

The former military base has become home to a host of corporate and regional headquarters, ULI observes in a new article — a location that has attracted more than 150 companies with 12,000 employees.

Oh, and it’s hip, too. Read more »

Study: Navy Yard One of Most Successful Redevelopment Projects in U.S. History

The Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

The Navy Yard | Photo: PIDC

The long-running transformation of The Navy Yard from its shipbuilding past to its present as a growing urban office park has been hailed as one of the “most successful” redevelopment projects in U.S. history by the Urban Land Institute.

The former military base has become home to a host of corporate and regional headquarters, ULI observes in a new article — a location that has attracted more than 150 companies with 12,000 employees.

Oh, and it’s hip, too. Read more »

Moody’s Offers Negative Outlook on School District Debt

Photo | It's Our City via Flickr / Creative Commons

Photo | It’s Our City via Flickr / Creative Commons

The Philadelphia School District is more financially stable than it’s been in a while, but there are still plenty of problems.

That’s the assessment from Moody’s, which last week affirmed its negative outlook on the $3.1 billion in outstanding debt.

“We are working to achieve and present a stabilized budget and long term fiscal plan,” Supt. William Hite said in a press release issued today, “and it is important that independent reviewers like Moody’s are recognizing our efforts.” Read more »

L&I: No Violations on Record for Collapsed Warehouse

The warehouse, before it collapsed. | Google Maps

The warehouse, before it collapsed. | Google Maps

The West Philadelphia warehouse that collapsed in high winds on Sunday had no previous record of violations on record, city officials say.

The incident happened around 5 a.m. Sunday; part of the front wall of an unused warehouse collapsed during a “high wind warning,” pulling down electric lines and damaging several nearby vehicles. A worker for a nearby auto shop was in one of the vehicles; he was treated for minor injuries. (The high winds also knocked out power to thousands of Philadelphia households during the day.) Read more »

Amtrak’s Second Sunday Accident Injures One

Left: Google Maps. Right: Shreder 9100 at en.wikipedia

Left: Google Maps. Right: Shreder 9100 at en.wikipedia

One person reportedly lost a leg Sunday night after being struck by an Amtrak train in Bensalem.

It was Amtrak’s second serious accident of the day in the Philadelphia area, following a Sunday morning derailment in Chester that killed two people. And both accidents took place nearly a year after last May’s deadly Philadelphia derailment.

“I feel safe riding a train, but things like this keep happening with Amtrak with the crashes and what’s going on here,” Ken Duncan, Bensalem, told 6ABC. “Makes me wanna take the bus.” Read more »

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