Combine McDonald’s and Fashion, and This Is the Result

The last thing a woman thinks as she’s whipping out the credit card for new threads is “Can I have fries with that?” But that didn’t stop six local fashion designers from creating “Premium McWrap-inspired” ensembles to benefit the (very worthy) Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The pieces were modeled last night at Bloomingdale’s in KOP, and they’re now up for bid at an online auction here. I’m sure they come ketchup-stain-free, and that they’re likely to make you irresistible to most men—even if they’re not quite sure why.

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Alas, Kacie McDonnell Not Leaving Fox 29 to Marry Prince Harry

Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell stalked Prince Harry during the royal Jersey Shore visit today, but alas, her dreams of becoming SILs with Kate aren’t happening (for now, because, you never know, and I don’t want to be the one to say a girl’s not princess material). Naturally, Fox 29’s Jennaphr Frederick was Kacie’s winglady.

Really, this is all for the best because who needs the paparazzi constantly trying to snap you topless and hours of painful small talk in receiving lines and endless thrusting of posies into one’s hands and the constant comparison to another long-haired brunette at the castle? Kacie, Philadelphia loves you too much to see you get Sarah Fergusoned. And besides,TV news personalities are royalty here!

Meanwhile, Chris Christie, not one for homemade signs, went ahead and bro-gifted Prince Harry with what the governor referred to on Twitter as a Royal Fleece.

At least, Kacie got a taste of international fame for her trouble.

Eagles Cheerleaders Will Shoot Swimsuit Calendar at Jersey Shore in Eco-Friendly Bikinis

Got you with “eco-friendly,” didn’t I?

The Eagles cheerleaders will be down the Shore May 6-9 posing for their 2013 swimsuit calendar, and they plan to shoot at such iconic spots as the Cape May Lighthouse and Lucy the Elephant in Margate. The team says calendar proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief:

The cheerleaders will share their favorite shore memories in the calendar as well as historic information about the locations featured. In addition to wearing eco-friendly bikinis, many of the accessories were made by businesses in NJ and will reinforce the theme of the calendar, such as a recycled silver pendant in the shape of the state of New Jersey with the word ‘Strong’ imprinted, a necklace made from repurposed beach tags, and a cuff bracelet with a map of NJ counties embossed.

Could the Eagles cheerleaders’ collective magnetic beauty pull the ocean-stranded Seaside Heights roller coaster back onto the pier? Chris Christie should at least try.


Police: Mayor Nutter’s Daughter, Olivia, Assaulted

Olivia Nutter, with her parents, at the Mayor's 2012 inaugural ball.

Philadelphia police charged 18-year-old Ciarra Ryan with simple assault after she was accused of punching Olivia Nutter in the face after a track meet in East Mount Airy. Mayor Nutter’s spokesman told the Inquirer that Olivia, who is a student at Masterman High School, is now “fine.”

NBC reports:

The mayor’s daughter was walking towards a group of girls when one of them told Nutter to move, according to police. Moments later, police say, Nutter was assaulted.

Some called Nutter’s daughter a game-changer during his first run for the mayor’s seat in 2007, when she starred in this campaign video (in which she noted she was the daughter of the only candidate who had a child in Philly’s public school system):

PHOTOS: Meet the Newest Eagles Cheerleaders

Last night at the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Eagles held the final round of tryouts for the 2013 cheerleading squad (there are 38 members). Ricky Watters and Raheem Brock were among the celebrity judges, and the competition included physical fitness, beauty, dance and an on-stage interview. Here, the women who will be new to the Eagles sideline this fall.

Deonna Baquero
Hometown: Marlton, NJ
Rutgers University, BA in communications
Regional sales manager in New Jersey

Gabriella Cifaloglio
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Drexel University student, majoring in design & merchandising

Erica Garcia
Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Cumberland County College student, pursuing a degree in business administration

Nadirah Johnson
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Aspiring model, Wilmington University student, majoring in early childhood education

Alexandra Keller
Hometown: Enola, PA
Temple University student, majoring in broadcast journalism
Media programs intern at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Malia Makaila
Hometown: Souderton, PA
University of the Arts student, majoring in dance

Michaelaann Mazzochi
Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Villanova University, BA in Economics
Pursuing an MBA at Saint Joseph’s University

Amanda Moffa
Hometown: Pipersville PA
West Chester University, BS in education
8th-grade teacher

[Photos: Jay Baccile/Philadelphia Eagles]

Missing Bryn Mawr Man Caught Up in Boston Manhunt

During the manhunt for at least two Boston bombing suspects over night—and before police reported that they were searching for two brothers from Chechnya—Bryn Mawr’s Sunil Tripathi, who has been a student at Brown University and was reported missing last month, got temporarily linked in online reports and social media to “suspect #2.” People who saw a resemblance in the FBI’s suspect photos called Radnor Township police to name Tripathi.

… About a dozen news vans descended on Tripathi’s family’s home in the predawn darkness, preparing to report news that was fueled by Internet speculation that was ultimately unfounded. Among them was a news crew from Los Angeles, which was in Philadelphia for another story. [Inquirer]

On the Facebook page set up after Tripathi went missing, organizers posted this:

A tremendous and painful amount of attention has been cast on our beloved Sunil Tripathi in the past twelve hours.

We have known unequivocally all along that neither individual suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings was Sunil.

We are grateful to all of you who have followed us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit-supporting us over the recent hours.

Now more than ever our greatest strength comes from your enduring support. We thank all of you who have reached out to our family and ask that you continue to raise awareness and to help us find our gentle, loving, and thoughtful Sunil.

Photos: Philly Runs for Boston

About 2,000 Philadelphians ran from City Hall to the Liberty Bell last night in what Philly Mag health and fitness editor Emily called “the most amazing, most uplifting event I have ever participated in.”

I learned later that the Philadelphia Runners folks had no idea until five minutes before we left that city police would block off the streets. But there they were, police cars posted at every intersection, officers giving high-fives to the enthusiastic runners as we went by, and pedestrians, confused at first, erupting in to cheers when they figured out what the heck we were doing.

In three words: It was perfect.

Read her full recap of the “Run for Boston,” and look at a gallery of lots of great photos here.

Oscar Winners 2013

Readers who took our Oscar 2013 Best Movie poll favored (by a hair) Lincoln to win, and they were …  wrong. Argo won Best Picture. Other winners of the 2013 Oscars

Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Walz

Best Animated Feature Film: Brave

Best Original Score: Life of Pi

Best Original Song: “Skyfall,” Skyfall

First Look: Michelle Obama’s New Portrait

There’s the new bangs, yes, but I’m certain this new official second-term portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama won’t cause as much of a ruckus as the recently unveiled Kate Middleton portrait in England, making photographs over paintings just one more smart post-revolutionary move for the United States. How many hours did Princess Kate have to sit for Paul Emsley? Meanwhile, White House photographer Chuck Kennedy probably snapped this while Mrs. O. was on her way to breakfast.

Here Is a Much Better “Joe Biden Is Pro-Shotgun” Clip

A new clip, in which Vice President Joe Biden is “delighted to answer” a gun-control question from a reader of Parents magazine and urges her to protect herself by buying a shotgun, has been circulating and causing a stir since last night.

Perhaps the virality of the clip—one of many from the ever-quotable Biden—is due to the breaking news that Joe Biden is a Parents magazine reader! I suspect it’s because he’s talking to a woman. Whatever. Biden’s shotgun-lover position is nothing new, of course, and this footage, from the 2008 campaign trail, in which Biden exclaims that “Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns” is way more fun than his advice for fellow Parents fan Kate. (Disclaimer for our gun-savvy readers about Jon Stewart’s first joke: Yes, Beretta makes shotguns.)

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