VIDEO: Jim Gardner Tracks Down Cecily Tynan’s Lost Earring on Air

6ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan was the victim of a minor wardrobe malfunction on Monday night’s telecast of Action News, but thankfully legendary anchorman Jim Gardner was there to pick up the pieces.

Tynan was reporting the weather forecast for this upcoming week during the station’s 6 p.m. broadcast when her earring fell out live on air. Hilarity ensues.

“I hope I didn’t lose that, I really like that earring,” Tynan said, trying to keep it together to finish her report. That’s when Gardner, the consummate team player, swoops in to help out his friend – cracking her up in the process.

Gardner’s still got it! Eyes like a hawk on “Gentleman Jim.” He’s not mistaking onions for apples anytime soon.

Tynan called the moment her “favorite ever on Action News.” The duo has shared plenty of laughs over the years on the network, and this isn’t the first time Gardner has crashed Cecily’s weather report either. Maybe Jim missed his true calling?

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Broad Street Line Delayed After Person Struck on Track

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A person was struck by a train this morning on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line.

The incident occurred early this morning at the BSL’s Ellsworth-Federal stop in South Philadelphia.

Service has resumed at the station after a temporary shutdown this morning, but the transportation agency said to expect residual delays and crowded conditions throughout the day.   Read more »

How Philly Ended Up With a 30-Foot Squirrel Nibbling on a SEPTA Token

Photo by Bridget Kelly.

Evan Lovett’s zany new mural on the border of Kensington and North Philadelphia has captured hearts for its lifelike depiction of a cute and cuddly squirrel, coupled with its inclusion of a soon-to-be bygone symbol of SEPTA ridership. (Are people really feeling nostalgic for tokens already?)

But without one key suggestion from a local homeowner, this art installation on the 2200 block of North Hancock Street would be a lot less Philly-centric.

Lovett told Philly Mag that while painting a gigantic squirrel was his own idea (his Kensington pigeon was the first in Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation’s Local Critters project), the idea to have it feasting on a SEPTA token came straight from the brain of the person who donated the wall for his mural.

“When I first came up with the design a year ago I didn’t know that SEPTA would disband the token,” Lovett said. “When it came time to paint the piece, it just became relevant.”

Lovett said other small items were also considered, but he and the VURT team were looking for something more closely connected to the neighborhood in which the piece was going up. Given the close proximity of the El, the homeowner’s suggestion of a SEPTA token was just what they were looking for.

It took Lovett about ten hours to paint the mural, which he completed all in one day after the weather wouldn’t cooperate during several previous attempts. Another VURT artist, Anthony Enochs, helped Lovett fill in the squirrel.

“I couldn’t have gotten it done without his help,” Lovett said of Enochs.

As for what’s next, Lovett said he’d love to paint murals of a raccoon and a possum, and maybe even some chickens too.

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VIDEO: Coatesville Loser Sucker-Punches Man With Cerebral Palsy

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office

It’s only Monday, but we already have our worst person of the week solidified for the Philadelphia area: Coatesville’s Barry Baker.

Baker is that type of guy who desperately wants you to think that he’s tough despite him having the yellowest of bellies. The gutless 29-year-old is so hung up on appearances that he would freely mock a stranger’s disability… and do much worse according to authorities. Read more »

Nordstrom Rack’s Roving Cashiers Are Exactly What We Want

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C’mon, admit it: You hate people like I do, right? OK, maybe not hate hate — but the fewer of them around, the better. Well, here’s a secret the next time you go shopping.

At the Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street, you don’t have to wait in line with other annoying people to purchase an item any longer. You can if you want. But instead, just find a store employee on the floor and ask to checkout. Chances are that the floor employee will be able to ring up your purchases and take your credit card with a smartphone that they’re now carrying around. They’ve only been doing this for about a month. Unfortunately for the employees at Nordstrom, this will ultimately result in fewer cashier jobs. That’s bad for them. But it’s reality. And it’s our fault. Read more »

Penn Student Sustains Brain Injury After Falling From Campus Building

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A rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling 25 to 30 feet from a campus building earlier this month.

According to the student-run Daily Pennsylvanian, Mason Mings, an engineering and Wharton student, fell from the second story of the Riepe College House, located at 310 S. 36th Street, on May 11th.  Read more »

Two Sixers Named NBA Rookie of the Year Finalists

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In truth, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award is rather meaningless. It does not guarantee that its winner will enjoy a long and fruitful professional basketball career, nor does it signal that the team employing its winner is instantly regarded among the league’s playoff contenders.

But it’s still nice to have nice things, and we here in Philadelphia take competition seriously. With center Joel Embiid and forward Dario Saric named as finalists for this season’s Rookie of the Year, we should fully expect that one of the young Sixers will walk away with the honor. Read more »

WATCH: Italian Market Grease Pole Competition

Watching videos of more than a dozen greasy people stacking themselves on top of each other in attempt to climb a 30-foot, lard-slicked, sausage-topped pole doesn’t really compare to standing amongst a rowdy crowd at the 9th & Montrose Piazza in Bella Vista and seeing it for yourself.

But just in case you missed long-standing Italian Market Festival tradition this past weekend – called the grease pole competition, for those who don’t know it – never fear: we’ve rounded up some of the best footage, including the video above.  Read more »

Report: DNC Committee Promised to Give Leftover Funds to Charity

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Photo: Dan McQuade

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention had pledged to donate money left over after the event to charity, according to a report published by Philly.com this weekend.

But the committee used about $1 million of that surplus money to hand out bonus checks (ranging between about $13,000 and $220,000) to its own staff (which was offered weekly salaries) last November.
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