Pilots Warned About Design of Jet in Lewis Katz Crash

Gulfstream has warned pilots about a safety device that does not work as expected on its Gulfstream IV jets. The jet’s design is supposed to prevent pilots from engaging engines for takeoff power if wing and tail control panels are locked. But according to the letter obtained by Bloomberg News, that can be thwarted in some situations.

A Gulfstream IV was carrying Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six others crashed earlier this year, killing everyone on board. The NSTB says pilot error may have contributed to the crash.

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Are Good Phillies Teams Good for Newspapers?

Our pal Randy LoBasso has an interesting cover story this week at Philadelphia Weekly, suggesting that when the Philadelphia Phillies play poorly — as they are this season — there are economic ramifications:

For many of Citizens Bank Park’s workers, it’s simple trickle-down economics: pay rises and falls with the team’s fortune. These workers, who vend beer section-by-section, aisle-by-aisle, are paid based on tips and commission. Poor teams mean fewer fans. Fewer fans means less product moved. Less product means less pay—and as the team gets worse, for lots of these workers, their wallets get emptier.

Makes sense. And you know who else seems to suffer when the Phillies play poorly? The city’s newspapers.
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Pro-Israel Student Assaulted on Temple’s Campus

A Temple student was assaulted on move-in day on Wednesday afternoon. Police say the victim was called an anti-Semitic slur and punched before the assailant ran away.

“And then this kid just rocks me in the face as hard as he can,” the victim, Daniel Vessal, told Truth Revolt, a site by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. “My glasses flew off. After a two-second blur I had no clue what had happened. I couldn’t believe the kid actually hit me.”

The assault happened near the table for the Temple chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. That group released a statement saying a former student unaffiliated with SJP slapped the pro-Israel student.

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Another Bad Comcast Story. Or Is It?

Another day, another awful Comcast customer service story. Or is it?

BGR reports on the plight of Douglas A. Dixon, who posted a YouTube recording in which he spends 90 minutes on a call, “ in which he was shuffled through a whopping six different customer service representatives, none of whom knew how to solve his problem.”

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Defense in Building Collapse May Call on Mayor to Testify

Michael Nutter may have to take the stand in a murder case, if defense lawyers have their way.

Philadelphia’s mayor is one of more than 50 potential witnesses lawyers for two men charged in last year’s building collapse at 22nd and Market submitted to the court. Seven were killed and 13 hurt in the collapse of a building under demolition.

The defense lawyers, William D. Hobson and Daine A. Grey Jr., told the Inquirer the mayor and his aides were relevant witnesses because they were involved in the investigation and redevelopment plan for the 22nd and Market site.

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Double Amputee Shoplifts $315 in Meat, Flees on SEPTA

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Lower Southampton police are looking for a man who they say took $300 worth of meat from the Giant Supermarket on Bustleton Pike in Feasterville. The reason this is more newsworthy than usual: He’s a double amputee.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that cops say the man got away with four beef tenderloins and a large package of chicken breasts. (That’s $315? Meat is expensive!) He escaped southbound on Bustleton on the SEPTA 58 bus, which heads down Bustleton all the way to the Frankford Transportation Center (Bridge Street).

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