Ed Rendell’s New Book Is About the “Wussification of America”

Plus: Unsafe stairwells at Germantown High, the Sixers advance in the playoffs, a man tried to open the cabin door on a flight bound for Philly, and more of what the city is buzzing about today.

Ed Rendell and the “Wussification of America.” Ed Rendell’s upcoming book A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great touches on a potential Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016, a donkey named Swifty, and Bill Clinton calling Lew Katz a putz. [Daily News]

Unsafe Stairwells at Germantown High. A week ago, a Germantown High School freshman reported to police that a classmate had raped her in a school stairwell. It turns out that the basement and stairwells of the school are a hotbed for crime. The school has had 45 serious incidents reportedly take place in those spots over the last six years. [Inquirer]

Man Tries to Open the Cabin Door on PHL-Bound Flight. A 40-year-old man is being held on the charge of interfering with a flight crew for allegedly attempting to open the cabin door of a flight bound for Philadelphia. The 50-passenger plane had left Maine bound for PHL, but had to land in Boston after the man became disoriented and tried to open the door. [NBC Philadelphia]

Shore Radio Host Murdered in Atlantic County. April Kauffman—a 47-year-old talk radio host and advocate for helping veterans was found shot to death in her Linwood home yesterday morning. [Philly.com]

10, 9, 8, 76ers! The Sixers eliminate the Bulls! *Pinches leg* Yup, Sixers still beat the Bulls! Sure, Derrick Rose was injured, Noah didn’t play, and no one’s really wrapped up in the NBA, but it’s still good to have at least one reason for confetti in South Philly. [Sixers]

City Worker Takes Drunken Joyride. Last evening a Department of Recreation employee crashed his city-owned truck on 12th Street in South Philly. He was hospitalized with minor injuries and faces DUI charges. [Daily News]

Jersey Toddler on No-Fly List. JetBlue employees removed a New Jersey family from a flight leaving Fort Lauderdale because they said that the family’s 18-month-old daughter was on the TSA’s no-fly list. The TSA says she wasn’t on the list, and JetBlue has blamed a computer glitch and apologized. [Fox 29]

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