Here’s the Guy Who Hit a Kid With an SUV in Kensington

Left: SUV driver Vince Broomall in a state photo. Right: an image from the surveillance video that shows the SUV driving down the sidewalk just after hitting a young boy.

If you see Vince Broomall behind the wheel of a car, you might want to get out of his way. Philly Mag has learned that the 26-year-old Aston resident was the one driving the SUV (his mom’s SUV, by the way) that hit an 11-year-old boy in Kensington on Tuesday, May 16th. And while Broomall hasn’t been arrested or charged in last week’s incident, he has had some run-ins with the cops related to his driving. Read more »

Philly to Hold Vigil for Manchester Terrorist Attack Victims

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People attend a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Following a horrific terrorist attack that left 22 people dead and at least 59 wounded in Manchester, England last night, two Philly groups with connections to the British city will hold a solidarity vigil for the victims.

The “Philly Loves Manchester” vigil, organized by the Manchester United Football Club of Philly and the Manchester City Supports Club of Philly, will be held between 5 and 8 p.m. at City Hall.  Read more »

Guess Who’s Also Heading Down the Shore for Memorial Day? This Shark.

Memorial Day Weekend down the shore is always a time when Philadelphians encounter unexpected guests at their holiday barbecues. Doesn’t it always seem like it’s somebody from your distant past who isn’t exactly a welcomed addition to the party?

This year, that freeloader could very well be Mary Lee – a roughly 3,500-pound great white shark who was pinged just east of Assateague Island off the Virginia-Maryland coast. Philly.com reports that Mary Lee has traveled approximately 40 miles in the last 24 hours and is still heading north.

Mary Lee was tagged by OSEARCH, a nonprofit that specializes in researching great whites, in waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2012. They have been tracking her movements ever since, and you too can follow along on the organization’s website.

The shark was first spotted off the South Jersey coast in May 2015, when she spent several weeks stalking the waters between Cape May and Sandy Hook. Mary Lee returned later that fall and again in 2016, making her a regular shore bum.

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VIDEO: Jim Gardner Tracks Down Cecily Tynan’s Lost Earring on Air

6ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan was the victim of a minor wardrobe malfunction on Monday night’s telecast of Action News, but thankfully legendary anchorman Jim Gardner was there to pick up the pieces.

Tynan was reporting the weather forecast for this upcoming week during the station’s 6 p.m. broadcast when her earring fell out live on air. Hilarity ensues.

“I hope I didn’t lose that, I really like that earring,” Tynan said, trying to keep it together to finish her report. That’s when Gardner, the consummate team player, swoops in to help out his friend – cracking her up in the process.

Gardner’s still got it! Eyes like a hawk on “Gentleman Jim.” He’s not mistaking onions for apples anytime soon.

Tynan called the moment her “favorite ever on Action News.” The duo has shared plenty of laughs over the years on the network, and this isn’t the first time Gardner has crashed Cecily’s weather report either. Maybe Jim missed his true calling?

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Broad Street Line Delayed After Person Struck on Track

Photo | Flickr user Paul Sableman under a Creative Commons license

A person was struck by a train this morning on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line.

The incident occurred early this morning at the BSL’s Ellsworth-Federal stop in South Philadelphia.

Service has resumed at the station after a temporary shutdown this morning, but the transportation agency said to expect residual delays and crowded conditions throughout the day.   Read more »

How Philly Ended Up With a 30-Foot Squirrel Nibbling on a SEPTA Token

Photo by Bridget Kelly.

Evan Lovett’s zany new mural on the border of Kensington and North Philadelphia has captured hearts for its lifelike depiction of a cute and cuddly squirrel, coupled with its inclusion of a soon-to-be bygone symbol of SEPTA ridership. (Are people really feeling nostalgic for tokens already?)

But without one key suggestion from a local homeowner, this art installation on the 2200 block of North Hancock Street would be a lot less Philly-centric.

Lovett told Philly Mag that while painting a gigantic squirrel was his own idea (his Kensington pigeon was the first in Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation’s Local Critters project), the idea to have it feasting on a SEPTA token came straight from the brain of the person who donated the wall for his mural.

“When I first came up with the design a year ago I didn’t know that SEPTA would disband the token,” Lovett said. “When it came time to paint the piece, it just became relevant.”

Lovett said other small items were also considered, but he and the VURT team were looking for something more closely connected to the neighborhood in which the piece was going up. Given the close proximity of the El, the homeowner’s suggestion of a SEPTA token was just what they were looking for.

It took Lovett about ten hours to paint the mural, which he completed all in one day after the weather wouldn’t cooperate during several previous attempts. Another VURT artist, Anthony Enochs, helped Lovett fill in the squirrel.

“I couldn’t have gotten it done without his help,” Lovett said of Enochs.

As for what’s next, Lovett said he’d love to paint murals of a raccoon and a possum, and maybe even some chickens too.

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VIDEO: Coatesville Loser Sucker-Punches Man With Cerebral Palsy

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office

It’s only Monday, but we already have our worst person of the week solidified for the Philadelphia area: Coatesville’s Barry Baker.

Baker is that type of guy who desperately wants you to think that he’s tough despite him having the yellowest of bellies. The gutless 29-year-old is so hung up on appearances that he would freely mock a stranger’s disability… and do much worse according to authorities. Read more »

Nordstrom Rack’s Roving Cashiers Are Exactly What We Want

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C’mon, admit it: You hate people like I do, right? OK, maybe not hate hate — but the fewer of them around, the better. Well, here’s a secret the next time you go shopping.

At the Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street, you don’t have to wait in line with other annoying people to purchase an item any longer. You can if you want. But instead, just find a store employee on the floor and ask to checkout. Chances are that the floor employee will be able to ring up your purchases and take your credit card with a smartphone that they’re now carrying around. They’ve only been doing this for about a month. Unfortunately for the employees at Nordstrom, this will ultimately result in fewer cashier jobs. That’s bad for them. But it’s reality. And it’s our fault. Read more »

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