Holy Sea Cow! Manatee Spotted in Delaware River

The manatee spotted in the Delaware. Photo | New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The manatee spotted in the Delaware. Photo | New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The waters of the Delaware River received an unexpected guest this past week.

A manatee, the large marine mammal known to thrive in warmer waters, found its way into the northern Delaware River next to Bordentown City, New Jersey, the Burlington County Times reported yesterday.

The creature, often referred to as a “sea cow” because of its docile manner, was spotted at the mouth of the Crosswicks Creek on Tuesday, but has not been seen since, the paper reports. Read more »

Report: Phillies Trade Ben Revere to Blue Jays

Ben Revere gives a hand signal to shortstop Andres Blanco (not pictured) after his home run during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Revere gives a hand signal to shortstop Andres Blanco (not pictured) after his home run during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to MLB.com Phillies beat guy Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have traded centerfielder Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies’ return has not yet been reported.

Revere came to the Phillies as part of a trade with the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 offseason. The Phillies sent Vance Worley (who was just designated for assignment by the Pirates) and Trevor May to the Twins to get Revere.

Revere played just 88 games in his first season with the Phillies, due to injuries, including a fractured food midway through the year that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He hit .306 in his second season with the Phillies and stole 49 bases; he also hit his first major league home run last season. Read more »

Penn Dropping Essay Portion of SAT Test

Editor’s note: The original headline has been changed to reflect that Penn won’t require the essay portion of the SAT Writing test.

Remember way back in — oh, has it been 10 years already? — 2005, when the College Board created an uproar by adding a new essay-writing component to its longstanding Verbal and Math SAT tests? A spokeswoman for the Board at the time said the move was made in response to demand from colleges and businesses, who hoped that “writing will become more of a priority across the United States.”

Now the University of Pennsylvania is creating its own little uproar by announcing that as of next year, it will no longer require applicants to submit scores from the essay sections of either the SAT or the ACT. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda told the Chronicle of Higher Education that the decision was one that had been “carefully considered”: Read more »

Report: Tom Wolf Is Nation’s Most Liberal Governor

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Tom Wolf has been ranked as the nation’s most liberal governor by InsideGov, a website that tracks and analyzes government data.

Wolf, Pennsylvania’s governor, achieved the ranking after being compared to peers based on “public statements, press releases, campaign platforms and voting records to score each governor’s view on important issues.” Butch Otter of Idaho was ranked most conservative.

With Wolf, though, it seems, the ranking is a bit premature. Yes, he’s been through a campaign — and barely tested, either in the primary or general elections. But halfway through his first year in office, at least, he doesn’t have much in the way of accomplishments, liberal or conservative, to factor in. Read more »

Victims Identified in Horrific Bustleton Car Crash

Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road, the reported area of the crash. Photo | Google Street View

Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road, the reported area of the crash. Photo | Google Street View

Police say they have identified the three victims — two teenage girls and one man — who were killed by the impact of a car crash on Wednesday night in Bustleton.

In a statement this morning, Philadelphia Police named the two girls — Yvette Gonzalez, 17, of Rhawn Street, and Sabrina Rhoads, 17, of Newberry Street — and the man, 20-year-old Felip Hernandez of Medford N.J., who were pronounced dead on the scene late Wednesday evening when the car they were traveling in reportedly clipped a curb, lost control, smacked into a tree and split in half. Read more »

The Philadelphia Rebound: Philly Politicians Don’t Stay Down Long

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo leaves the James A. Byrne US Courthouse in Philadelphia, secure in the knowledge that he’ll rise again. (AP | Matt Rourke)

In May 1903, as part of a series about American cities, muckraking New York reporter Lincoln Steffans wrote in McClure’s that Philadelphia was regarded as the most corrupt city at that time. Other corrupt cities eagerly pointed the finger at Philadelphia, he noted, “as worse — ‘the worst-governed city in the country.'” Steffans himself acknowledged Philadelphia’s corruption, but felt what distinguished it was that it took place in a city that had access to and experience with reform. Other cities were just as corrupt, but their citizens might not know any better, while Philadelphians seemed to be making a choice. He wrote:

“The people” seem to prefer to be ruled by a known thief than an ambitious reformer. They will make you convict their Tweeds, Mc-Maneses, Butlers, and Shepherds, and even then they may forgive them and talk of monuments to their precious memory…

Some traditions die hard. Read more »

Mother Killed in Port Richmond With 2-Year-Old Daughter in the House

Stephanie Dzikowski | Facebook

Stephanie Dzikowski | Facebook

22-year-old mother Stephanie Dzikowski was killed overnight in Port Richmond, police say. Her 2-year-old daughter was home but uninjured.

“Neighbors here in the 3000 block of Aramingo Avenue say they heard a single shot around 11 p.m., and found 22-year-old Stephanie Dzikowski shot dead in her upstairs bedroom,” KYW reports. “Her 2 year-old daughter was in the house but uninjured.” Read more »

Police: Girl, 5, Abducted From Home Was Sexually Assaulted

Philadelphia police now say the 5-year-old girl abducted from a North Philadelphia home by an intruder was also sexually assaulted.

The incident happened Tuesday morning in the Hartranft section of the city. Cops say a man entered a home on N. Hutchinson Street through a window and took the girl. The victim told police the man took her by the hand, led her outside and began kicking and punching her in the home’s backyard. Read more »

Will Philly’s Bike Share Shut Down During the Pope’s Visit?

Photo via Indego

Photo via Indego

There are a lot of unanswered questions about Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia on September 26th and 27th: Where will the so-called “security perimeter” be located? Will the Ben Franklin Bridge shut down? Will I-95 be closed?!?

We have another query to add to the list (sorry, Mayor Nutter): Will the city’s Indego bike share program be open for business the World Meeting of Families or not? Read more »

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