These Are the 20 Worst People You Will Find on Philly Sidewalks, Ranked

Illustration | Nick Massarelli

Illustration | Nick Massarelli

Ah, spring. It’s finally here. So you take to the streets for a walk, happy to end your long winter hibernation. The sun is shining, you feel the warmth on your skin, your vitamin D levels begin to surge, and the stress begins to roll out of your mind and body … but then, you realize you’re not alone. There are OTHER people on the sidewalks, too. And so many of them are just terrible. These are those people. Read more »

How Trauma Overwhelms Philly Schoolkids

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | Shutterstock.com

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | Shutterstock.com

During the 18 years he was a counselor at Barratt Middle School in South Philadelphia, Steven Hymans became accustomed to seeing students arrive for classes traumatized beyond their years.

“There were so many homicides in the neighborhood,” Hymans said recently. “In my 18 years at the middle school, I saw a lot of trauma, a lot of neglect. I did so much grief counseling while I was there.” Read more »

Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters: A Tribute

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Last weekend, a famous Philadelphian died. He was a dentist. But David Bresler — of Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters fame — was definitely famous locally. Those ads are everywhere. Even at the Phillies game, you run into ads for his pediatric dentistry chain. And look how cool it seems!

I guess this is the part of my article where I publicly shame my parents for not taking me to Doc Bresler’s. I went to some dentist with a Ms. Pac-Man machine in the waiting room, but that was about it. But Bresler’s place is bumpin’.

Bresler, 61, died of complications from surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center. (Per the Inquirer obit, he also “had an extensive collection of beer memorabilia, ‘which is ironic since he never had a beer in his life,’ his family said.”) And I knew Doc Bresler despite never seeing him, and that’s because of his infomercial. I don’t remember where it aired — Channel 48, probably — but his ad is up there in the great pantheon of awesome Philly infomercials along with TNT Amusements and Club Risqué. Read more »

Fumo to Judge: Let Me Off Early, Judge to Fumo: No Way

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo leaves the James A. Byrne US Courthouse in Philadelphia for a lunch break, Tuesday May 20, 2014. A federal judge has ordered Fumo, who served four years in prison for fraud, to pay $400,000 in additional restitution. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, David Swanson)

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo leaves the James A. Byrne US Courthouse in Philadelphia for a lunch break, Tuesday May 20, 2014. A federal judge has ordered Fumo, who served four years in prison for fraud, to pay $400,000 in additional restitution. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, David Swanson)

Like most people who are convicted of breaking federal law, former state senator Vincent J. Fumo received a sentence that included time in federal prison as well as supervised probation after release. And now that Fumo has completed just over one of his three years of probation, he thinks he should be allowed to end it early and be free and clear. Well, a federal judge just said no. Read more »

Report: Deaths of Cooper CEO, Wife Ruled a Murder-Suicide

John Sheridan, then-CEO of the Cooper Health System, died with his wife in September.

John Sheridan, then-CEO of the Cooper Health System, died with his wife in September.

The deaths of Cooper CEO John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, has been ruled a murder suicide, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Prior to his death, John Cooper had led the Camden-based Cooper Health System.

Further details were not immediately available.

But that ruling by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey may not be the final word in the matter. The Inquirer also reports also that the couple’s sons are disputing the findings, as well as aspects of the investigation that led to today’s conclusion.

“The disagreement between the Sheridans’ sons – Mark, Matt, Dan, and Tim – and investigators has centered on whether John Sheridan killed Joyce and then himself, as authorities have long suspected, or whether their deaths were a double-murder by a third party, as the family believes,” the Inquirer reports. The family says “investigators did not process doors to the house for fingerprints and ‘left weapons at the scene for more than a month’ – specifically a fire poker in the couple’s bedroom.”

The Sheridans were found in September by firefighters responding to a blaze at their home. Since the, the case has trickled out in series of details without investigators announcing any firm conclusions until today. The family in November hired its own pathologist to investigate and monitor the official investigation.

Temple Has a Great Shot at Being “Crappy UConn” This Year

Last night, Feyonda Fitzgerald hit a bank shot with a half-second left in overtime to put Temple past N.C. State, 80-79, in the Women’s NIT. The Owls are now in the quarterfinals.

Coincidentally, Temple’s men’s team is in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament, the top postseason tourney for teams that didn’t make the NCAA tournament.

Last year, the University of Connecticut won both the men’s and women’s NCAA tourneys. You know what’s coming: Temple has a great shot to win both the men’s and women’s NIT this year, which would make them a shitty UConn. Read more »

SEPTA Has Started Painting the Underground Concourse

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Last month, we told you about SEPTA’s grand plans for Center City’s underground concourse. We now have some tangible evidence of the upgrade: The columns on the South Broad concourse are being painted!

SEPTA has been working on the South Broad section of the concourse, which runs from the weird, exit-only portion of the City Hall stop on the Broad Street Line to Locust Street, for a little over a month now. They’ve fixed several stretches of concrete, and eventually plan to try to make the concourse not creepy. That’ll be tough — um, see the above photo — but it’s worth a shot. Read more »

Washington Man Will Sell Home Because of Comcast Goof

It’s been weeks since a Comcast customer service story went viral — but don’t worry. It’s usually just a matter of time. And sure enough, a new story has emerged.

Here’s the short version: Guy works from home. Guy wants to buy a house. House doesn’t have broadband Internet service. Guy asks Comcast — the biggest local provider — if he could be hooked up at the new house. Comcast says yes. Guy buys house. Turns out Comcast doesn’t have a ready connection to the house after all. Now guy must sell the house he bought three months ago.

It’s a sad story. Consumerist reports on the plight of “Seth,” a Washington state man who has endured the above tale over the last few months: Read more »

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