Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Dead at 88

Plus: Joe Frazier said he was poisoned, Romney wins in Florida, Hoboken snubs Snooki, and more of what the city is buzzing about today.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Found Dead. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died in his sleep at the age of 88. He was recently declared competent to testify in the the Catholic church sexual abuse trial of his former aide. Bevilacqua suffered from dementia and numerous other health problems. He spent 15 years as a shepherd for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. [Inquirer]

Did Someone Poison Joe Frazier? The late champ’s family has been divided for quite some time. One of his 11 children had no idea his father was dying in a nearby hospital until after the news of Frazier’s death broke. The same son has said that Frazier and he had a phone conversation back in September during which Frazier said he’d been poisoned. [Deadspin]

Romney Crushes Florida Primary. Mitt Romney ran away with the Florida primary last night and gave a speech that sounded very much like he had already been nominated. If you were wondering how Santorum made out, he’s not mentioned until the fifth paragraph. [6 ABC]

Hoboken Snubs Snooki and JWoww. A Jersey Shore spin-off show is spinning its tires after the town of Hoboken denied a permit request. A letter from the Mayor of Hoboken reads, “Based on protecting public safety and quality of life concerns for Hoboken residents, the city has denied a film permit for a spin-off of the Jersey Shore to be filmed in public locations.” How can you not love the line about quality of life concerns? [Huffington Post]

Another Day, Another Murder. This one was gruesome. A wife walked into her Olney home to find her husband bound by duct tape and bleeding. He’d been shot in the shoulder and the hip and beaten in the head with a 45-pound bar. [6 ABC]

No Dance for Bryz. So, the Flyers found themselves in another shootout last night. Guess how that one worked out for them. Bryz actually managed to stop two shooters (!), but couldn’t close his five-hole with the game on the line. [Yahoo!]

Jailbreak! Authorities say that a prisoner escaped an Atlantic County jail just after 9 p.m. last night. He was arrested for resisting arrest and burglary. Turns out he’s pretty good at those first two crimes. [NBC Philadelphia]

Penn State Quarterback Transfers to Temple. Kevin Newsome—the Nittany Lion quarterback who’s cried “transfer” too many times for the townspeople actually seem concerned—has verbally committed to transfer to Temple. [Philly.com]

 

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