Rutgers Fans Wear “Ped State” T-Shirts to Penn State Football Game


Someone in the Rutgers University social media department is probably getting a good talking-to this morning. Over the weekend, on the occasion of the Penn State vs. Rutgers football game, the official Rutgers Football Facebook page ran photos of Rutgers fans wearing “Ped State” t-shirts, mocking the school for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Read more »

Sheinelle Jones to Anchor Today Weekends

A familiar face is getting a new, high-profile gig.

The Today Show reports:

Sheinelle Jones has joined the TODAY team as the news anchor of the weekend program.

Jones joins NBC News from FOX in Philadelphia, where she spent nine years serving as a co-host of its Emmy Award-winning show “Good Day Philadelphia.”

Jones is taking over for Jenna Wolfe, who will be moving to the weekdays as TODAY’s first-ever lifestyle and fitness correspondent. Jones will take up her new role beginning on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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(UPDATE) Trains Halted After Someone Is Hit at 8th and Market

[Update 1:15 p.m.] The South Jersey Times reports that this morning’s medical emergency-related PATCO delay was the result of a rider jumping in front of a train.

Rail travel was brought to a halt Monday morning after a rider allegedly jumped in front of a PATCO train and was struck, according to information on the rail line’s website. reports that the person struck by the train was a woman who was killed, and that it is unclear if she jumped or fell.

The woman was not immediately identified, and officials said police were reviewing video of the incident to determine if the woman jumped or fell onto the tracks in front of a westbound train at about 8:30 a.m.

[Update 9:40 a.m.] Trains are moving again:
MSG:PATCO is resuming westbound service but will bypass 8th and market station at this time. Thank you for your patience.

[Original] PATCO halted service into Center City this morning after reporting that someone had been struck by a train at 8th and Market streets in Philadelphia.
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No, Thanks, Really, I Don’t Want Another Dog


I wrote a story for the September issue of the magazine about some very nice dogs. I started working on the story back in February, so for a long time, whenever anyone asked me what I was writing, I would tell them about these dogs. This provided an opportunity for people who knew me to say, “So! I guess you’re thinking about getting another dog!”

This was especially true of my two kids, who, when they were growing up, frequently accused me of loving our dog more than I loved them. There was some truth to this. Homer, the collie/shepherd mix who shared our lives for 12 years, never once kept me waiting, never couldn’t find his shoes, never talked back, never got arrested. It’s been five years now since we had to have him put to sleep, and I guess that’s considered a suitable length of time for mourning, because suddenly everybody is convinced I must want another dog.

“Don’t you miss when we used to take Homer for walks?” my daughter Marcy will ask, apparently forgetting that she frequently had to be hauled out of the house kicking and screaming when it was time for those walks. “A dog would make it easier for you to make new friends,” my son Jake will say. He’s become convinced I need to “make some new friends your own age,” as he puts it, like I’m a socially inept sixth-grader and he’s the parent. He recently guilted me into paying $220 for a special tailgating parking pass at his college, to fulfill some fantasy he has of me clinking highball glasses with the parents of his football teammates before the games. But he’s not going to guilt me into getting another dog.

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Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Ejected After Blowing Save, Grabbing Crotch


Jonathan Papelbon gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning, blowing his fourth save of the year in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Papelbon has actually been pretty good for the Phillies this year — he’s saved 37 games, and is having his best year of his three seasons with the Phillies — but was booed as he walked off the field after surrendering a three-run lead.

This is when things got interesting. As you can tell from the back page of Monday’s Daily News, Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he left the field. Was it directed at the crowd? Papelbon said afterward it wasn’t: The umpire “basically came over and said that I did an inappropriate gesture and I had no clue what he was talking about,” Papelbon told reporters afterward.

That ump, Joe West, saw otherwise. “The whole thing started because the fans booed him, and he made an obscene gesture,” West told a pool reporter. “He had no business doing that. He’s got to be more professional than that. And that’s why he was ejected.”

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Pregnant Woman Shot and Killed

Horrifying news:

6ABC reports:

The newborn daughter of a pregnant woman shot and killed in Philadelphia’s Frankford section has died.

Police and Temple University Hospital confirmed early Monday that the infant, delivered by emergency C-section after her mother was mortally wounded, died overnight.

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Are Suburban Schools Immoral?

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Quick question on the first day of kindergarten in Philly public schools: Is it actually immoral to take your kid and flee the city for suburban schools?

Silly question, right? After all, city families have been fleeing to the ’burbs (or to private schools) for decades. We don’t really blink at the process, because of course the right answer to the question is to do whatever it takes to get your child the best education possible.


But maybe there’s an alternative argument.

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