GOP Budget Falls Short of Philly Schools Request

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Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the GOP-led legislature’s state budget Tuesday night, in part, he said, because it would set aside far less education funding than he believes is fair.

How much less?

Earlier this year, the Philadelphia School District asked state lawmakers for an extra $206 million. The Republican bill would have provided only an additional $21.8 million to the school district, according to data from Senate GOP spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher. That’s about 11 percent of the surplus funding that district officials said they need. Read more »

Colonel Mustard, In the Refrigerator, With Corporal Ketchup

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I’m a reasonable woman, by which I mean I don’t get riled easily. I understand that not everything in life, or on the Schuylkill Expressway, will go my way. In the sanctuary that is my own home, however, I expect to have some agency. I don’t.

A few weeks back, my husband Doug put “popcorn” on the shopping list we keep on the kitchen counter. When I did the weekly shopping, I dutifully bought a box of six packets of microwave popcorn. When I went to put it away in the cabinet, I noticed there were already two open boxes of popcorn on the shelf, along with another full box. So … why was popcorn on the shopping list? A fit of artificial-butter-flavor insecurity? A sudden mass craving? Nah. Doug had taken the last packet from yet another open box and mindlessly put popcorn on the list without checking to see if we still had any popcorn. And the reason there were so many boxes of popcorn in that cabinet? This wasn’t the first time.

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Report: Ex-Flyers Captain in Drug Drama at Canadian Border

Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter at LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Victory Parade. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter at LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Victory Parade. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

According to multiple reports, former Flyers captain Mike Richards, who recently had his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, was questioned about oxycodone by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the U.S.-Canada border.

The Winnipeg Sun says Richards was detained for four hours at a Manitoba border crossing July 17th after he was found to be in possession of OxyContin. The Manitoba RCMP is investigating, but no charges have been filed. Read more »

Carli Lloyd, USA Beat Germany in World Cup Semifinal

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring against Germany on a penalty kick during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring against Germany on a penalty kick during the second half of the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Carli Lloyd, a native of Delran, New Jersey, is making her city, state and entire country proud.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is advancing to the FIFA Women’s World Cup championship match against either Japan or England, which play each other in tonight’s semifinal match, after defeating Germany 2-0 last night.

Lloyd scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute of the match, just shortly after Germany’s own Celia Sasic missed her own chance on a penalty kick, sending it just left of the net. U.S. goalie Hope Solo has allowed one goal over the entire course of the tournament thus far, against Australia in the first game of the tournament.

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Delivery Man Beaten, Robbed of Food Order

A group of six men on June 19th tracked down a Dominos delivery man walking in the Washington Square West section, beat him to the ground, and stole the pizza order, as reported on the Philadelphia Police blog. The 30-year-old delivery guy was followed from the 500 block of Eighth Street to the 800 block of Lombard Street, where he was knocked to the ground, beaten and robbed of the order at 8:35 pm that evening. He came away from the incident with minor cuts on his elbow.

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We Owe Mr. Trump a Big “Thank You”

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Now, more than ever, I’m a huge fan of Donald Trump.

The guy’s having a tough week, to be sure, but as NBC cuts their ties with The Apprentice host and the GOP tries to avoid eye contact in the hallway, I’ve come around. While he left a little to be desired as a reality TV star and is just plain creepy as a Miss USA overlord, as a presidential candidate, I can finally understand his value.

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The Far Northeast No Longer Smells Like Cookies

The Northeast Philly Nabisco building

(Image via Google Street View)

I grew up off Chalfont Drive in Far Northeast Philadelphia. It’s not a part of the city many of my friends now have ever heard of. Even growing up, no one knew the name of my section. Even I’m not sure of the name. It shows up in real estate sections as things like Pennswood Park, but growing up I’d have to say, “Near Modena Park, but definitely not Modena Park.” Google now lists the section as Modena Park, and I simply say I grew up “near what was then called Franklin Mills.”

I liked where I grew up. It was certainly suburban-style living — I grew up on a loop street, and there were several cul-de-sacs in my neighborhood — but I lived near a playground and could walk to the strip mall or Franklin Mills. There were always plenty of kids around. And there was one thing that brought all of us in Northeast Philly, from Parkwood to Somerton to to Normandy to Modena Park to Pennswood Park (or whatever), together: The Far Northeast often smelled like cookies.

You’d walk out your door in the morning and it’d smell like chocolate. Or Oreos. Or just the delicious smell of cookie batter. It came from the Nabisco building at 12000 Roosevelt Boulevard. Last week, the plant — now owned by Mondelēz International — ceased making cookies. Read more »

Chris May, Kathy Orr, Beasley Reece Out at CBS3

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Chris May, Kathy Orr, and Beasley Reece are all out at CBS3, a spokeswoman confirmed to Philly Mag Tuesday evening, apparently part of a broader shakeup in the station’s news ranks.

May co-anchored the station’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as a 10 p.m. broadcast. Orr provided forecasts on weeknights at both stations, and Reece had been sports director at the station.

May acknowledged his departure in a Tweet Tuesday afternoon:

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