It’s Started Snowing — Thundersnowing — in Philadelphia

Try to stay calm people, but it’s snowing.

Yes, the Great Snow of Thanksgiving Eve 2014 is here. Though we’re only expecting around two inches of snow in the city, this is already an exciting snowstorm, because we’ve had some thundersnow.

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Could Caucus of Working Educators Oust PFT Leadership?

City Paper’s Daniel Denvir has a lengthy article today about the Caucus of Working Educators, a 141-member group founded in March that just held its first convention. Denvir compares it to Chicago’s Caucus of Rank and File Educators, which took over the Chicago Teachers Union in 2010 and held a successful, well-supported strike in 2012.

Of course, Philadelphia teachers are banned from striking by state law. But the article paints a picture of a group of teachers upset (or at least disappointed) with PFT leadership. The state takeover of schools in 2001, changing attitudes about unions, and the pro-charter school movement have stripped PFT of a lot of its power.

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Forbes: Flyers 7th-Most Valuable Team in NHL

Comcast has a few quirky items in its portfolio. Comcast Ventures backs a sports gambling site. Comcast owns theme parks based on a fictional boy wizard. The company also owns a ticketing company that is worse than Ticketmaster.

But the strangest business Comcast owns has to be the Philadelphia Flyers, a hockey team that usually does pretty well — but hasn’t won the Stanley Cup in almost 40 years, and sometimes still seems to be stuck in the 1970s. But not in how much the team is worth! Yesterday, Forbes posted its annual valuations of NHL teams, and the Flyers are the 7th-most valuable team in professional hockey.

Forbes values the Flyers at $625 million, based on revenue of $136 million last season and an operating income of $11 million.

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Philly Police Testing Wearable Cameras

Las Vegas police Sgt. Peter Ferranti models a body camera Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. The camera is the same type now being used by about 200 street officers in Las Vegas. Philly has started testing body cameras. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Las Vegas police Sgt. Peter Ferranti models a body camera Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. The camera is the same type now being used by about 200 street officers in Las Vegas. Philly has started testing body cameras. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Philly Police have begun a pilot program to test wearable body cameras on officers, Newsworks reports:

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Joyce Sheridan Death Ruled a Homicide

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

A Montgomery Township police officer sits in front of the partially burned home of John and Joyce Sheridan early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Montgomery Township, N.J. Authorities say 72-year-old John Sheridan, president of a major southern New Jersey hospital, and his 69-year-old wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home Sunday morning, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths remain under investigation.

No surprise here, but perhaps at least some clarity. Politicker NJ reports: “A death certificate for Joyce Sheridan, the wife of Cooper Health CEO and prominent political figure John Sheridan, was filed in Somerset County Surrogate Court today, listing her death as a ‘homicide.’ Her husband’s certificate, meanwhile, is listed as ‘pending investigation.’”

The Sheridans died following a mysterious fire at their house in September; last week it was revealed that both Sheridans had suffered multiple stab wounds at the time of their deaths.

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Rain, Snow Expected to Delay Holiday Travelers

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Today, the day before Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year.

Today, the Philadelphia region is going to get hit with a big ol’ winter storm.

Good luck out there, travelers. The Philadelphia International Airport is already warning of delays.

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5 Reasons We Should All Be Thankful for Comcast

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This holiday season there are plenty of reasons to give thanks. Sure, there are challenges that we face. But the economy is rebounding. People are more educated. Our standard of living has never been higher. Poverty is at an historical low. Life expectancy is at an historical high. Natural disasters are killing fewer people. Fewer are dying in wars. And, of course, we have Comcast.

Yes, you haters, Comcast. We have Comcast. The media and entertainment giant that people love to hate. The company that, with just a brief mention of its name, turns seemingly reasonable, charitable, kind and loving human beings into angry, violent lunatics. The company that is the butt of 78.53% of the jokes on late night TV. The prime example of what customer service should not be. The target of lawsuits and scathing blog posts. People just love to hate Comcast.

Well, you can deservedly blame Comcast for a lot of things. But when you watch the Eagles this Thanksgiving, look up a recipe for pumpkin pie online or just make a simple phone call to Grandma because you didn’t feel like going over the river and through the woods this year, you can thank Comcast. And be grateful. Because Comcast is doing great things. Don’t believe me? Here are five things Comcast did … just this past month!

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Does Gov. Corbett Have One Big Bill Left in Him?

Pennsylvania Republicans continue to hold out the possibility of a “lame duck” session to pass GOP-favored legislation before Democrat Tom Wolf becomes governor in January. That’s two weeks after the newly elected members of the Legislature — and their larger GOP majorities in both chambers — take office, giving the GOP a chance to pass legislation relatively unimpeded.

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