Feds Give SEPTA $87 Million for Infrastructure

The Federal Transit Administration is giving $87 million for infrastrature repair, the agency announced Monday — part of a broader $3.59 billion effort to recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for the region’s next big storm.

“While no one can predict the future with certainty, we believe these investments will help to harden transit facilities against future storms that Mother Nature dishes out,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release, “supporting President Obama’s call to address climate change now and reducing the risk of service disruptions and future damage to some of the nation’s busiest rail and bus services.”
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Here’s a Mugshot of the Man Wanted in the Killing and Dumping of Two Men in the Schuylkill

Tam_Le_001 Philadelphia Police are asking for help finding the man in this photograph, Tam Le, who is wanted for his involvement in the killing of two men whose bodies were dumped in the Schuylkill River. The case horrified the city last month.

One man survived the attack after being stabbed and dumped in the river; two others — brother Vu and Viet Huynh — both died. Officials said a gang-related “drug nexus” was probably behind the August 27th attack.

NBC 10 reports: “The suspects were holding the brothers — later identified at 28-year-old Viet Huynh and 31-year-old Vu Huynh of Paoli, Pennsylvania — captive after they gambled away $100,000, which they were given to buy drugs, according to reports. … Investigators later found the bodies of the two brothers submerged in the water. Their throats were slit and both were bound with tape and tied to buckets.”
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The Real Deal: A Philly Police Officer Speaks Anonymously

real-deal-400x400In our new feature, The Real Deal, we’re talking to people in Philadelphia who will only speak to us with a clear agreement of anonymity. For the first installment, a veteran Philadelphia police officer talks about the Center City gay-bashing, stop-and-frisk, and his biggest problem with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

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BillyPenn.com Draws Fire for Sex Assault Article

Here’s how BillyPenn.com covered the A.J. Marsico sex assault allegation:

You know the story: Boy meets girl, boy takes girl back to his office at 10 pm for a job interview (!), girl files rape charges. Or maybe you hadn’t heard about the arrest of Andrew Mascio, a 40-year-old lobbyist for Greenlee Partners. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman he met at the posh Union League on August 21; the alleged rape happened that same night, at his office at the Bellevue. Oh, and Mascio’s married to Action News reporter Annie McCormick. Much more to come, but this sounds like the plot of a House of Cards episode…

That treatment was a bit too flip for a number of readers who sharply criticized the startup news site after the post appeared in its morning newsletter.
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Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel Wants to Die at 75

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel — known for being Rahm‘s brother and a key figure in the development of Obamacare — has a provocative piece in The Atlantic: “Why I Hope to Die at 75.

It’s causing quite a stir.

Emanuel goes to great pains to say that he’s not trying to create a policy enforced on anybody else — but he does say he figures, essentially, that the fun and creative and useful part of his life will be more or less done when he’s 75. When he hits that age, he says, he’ll stop going to the doctor for checkups and let his body take its natural course — no life-extending medicine for him.
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