Philadelphia: America’s Worst City for Bike Thefts

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Locks are no match for Philly’s bike thieves. Photography by Claudia Gavin

Ask the Smart People who intend to steer Philadelphia toward its rightful status as a world-class city, and they’ll all agree: Bikes are a huge part of that future. Less congestion, less pollution and a more physically active populace: Who can argue with that?

Philly has been ranked the number one major city for bike commuting; we’ve landed on the Top Bike-Friendly Cities in America list; new bike lanes are turning up everywhere. But with this increase in bikes has come a historic high for bike theft. The thefts have been on the rise for some time, according to data provided by the police department, climbing from 1,849 in 2011 to 2,122 in 2013. We’re on track to top that this year … and that’s just with the number of bike thefts that are reported.
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Does Gay-Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott Deserve Your Sympathy?

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I have spent most of my time over the last couple of weeks reporting on the alleged Center City gay-bashing that occurred on September 11th. Most recently, that attention has been dedicated toward the misdoings of gay-bashing suspect Kathryn Knott. Those stories have made it all the way to the U.K. and onto Friday night’s episode of Inside Edition. Read more »

Cary Williams Needs to Follow DeSean Jackson Out of Town

Photo| Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

After watching last Sunday’s win over the Redskins with four missing offensive linemen, a halfback who hasn’t done diddly and a quarterback bruised like a late summer peach, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Eagles may never lose.

They are a 6  1/2 point underdog this week at San Francisco, but he way the Birds pull out fourth-quarter victories, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they upset the 49ers. And even if they do lose, at the very worst they’d likely head into their week 7 bye with a sterling 5-1 record, which would put them right into a legitimate conversation of, dare I say, the Super Bowl?

Yet, something troubles me these crisp autumn days, and his name is Cary Williams.

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Center City Dunkin’ Donuts Robbed With Hypodermic Needle

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On Sunday morning, September 21st, just before 7 a.m., a man walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts at 808 Chestnut Street with a hypodermic needle as his weapon.

According to police the suspect grabbed one of the female employees and threatened to stab her with the needle. The man opened the register and fled with cash.

Here’s video of the whole thing:

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There Was a Fire at the King of Prussia Mall This Morning

A kiosk on the lower level of the King of Prussia mall caught fire this morning. Firefighters put out the early-morning electrical fire at a kiosk right outside the food court, near J.C. Penney and Sears, about 20 minutes after arriving.

Per a blog hosted by the KOP fire company, firefighters were dispatched at 5:20 a.m.

But did this interrupt people’s shopping? Of course not: The mall opened on time at 10 today. Though there was expected to be a delay, even food court restaurants opened on time.

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Chris Christie, Complaining of Leaks, Says “Bridgegate” Investigation Should End

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday it was time for a state legislative committee to end its investigation into the so-called “Bridgegate” controversy, saying the committee had leaked information designed to embarrass him without uncovering information he had committed wrongdoing.

“I’ve known all along that this has been a partisan pursuit,” Christie said, “and the leaking that’s being done by the legislative committee is just further evidence to the fact that this is a partisan pursuit.”
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Faculty Member Suspended Over “Redskins” Ban

This isn’t heavy-handed at all: Neshaminy school officials have suspended a faculty member because the students who run the high school paper refused to permit the school’s mascot — the “Redskins” — be used in an op-ed.

The paper’s student editor was also removed from her job for a month.
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(Update) Suspect Identified in Trooper Ambush

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.  (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

[Update 12:36 pm] AP reports that a suspect has been identified in the attack:

A law enforcement official says Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a barracks.

The official says an arrest warrant will be issued soon. State police are looking for the suspect.

No other details were available.

[Original] Investigators haven’t identified a suspect in the weekend ambush that killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another, but they have released a psychological profile they say should fit the gunman.
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