Cops to South Philly Drivers: Um, Don’t Leave Your Car Running

Cat on the roof of a car

A cat on the roof of a car (that has not been stolen) in South Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade

Police have a message for car-owning residents of South Philadelphia: Don’t leave your car running.

According to the Bella Vista Neighbors Association newsletter, police have noticed an uptick in car thefts on the eastern half of South Philly this year.

In the last 30 days, 41 cars were stolen in the 3rd District, which goes from the river to Broad and Bainbridge to the stadiums. Police report that 25 of them were stolen with the keys in the ignition and the motor running. “Police advise drivers, including delivery drivers, to take keys with them and skip warming up the car or truck,” says the newsletter. Read more »

Burlington Coat Factory Drops Ivanka Trump Merchandise (Online, at Least)

Burlington Coat Factory outside store

The Burlington Coat Factory at 11th and Market streets | Photo: Dan McQuade

Burlington, the South Jersey discount department store better known as Burlington Coat Factory and also known for not being affiliated with Burlington Industries, no longer sells Ivanka Trump goods on its website.

Shannon Coulter, co-founder of the #GrabYourWallet campaign that encourages people to boycott stores that sell Trump-branded products, tweeted late last week that Ivanka Trump gear was gone from Burlington’s website. The company did not return a request for comment from Philadelphia magazine. Read more »

Limerick Residents Told to Re-Up on Potassium Iodide

As if there weren’t enough to worry about in life already, Montgomery County officials are reminding residents within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Generation Station to re-up on potassium iodide tablets in case of a radiological emergency.

Montco put out a press release on Monday telling people who live, work, or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear plant to pick up new potassium iodide (KI) tablets from the county. Pills the county previously gave out are set to expire either this month or in June. Read more »

Russian Spy Ship Spotted Off Coast of Delaware

SS Viktor Leonov in Havana, Cuba

The Russian warship Viktor Leonov enters the bay in Havana, Cuba, in 2015. This ship was spotted off the coast of Delaware today. AP Photo: Desmond Boylan

A Russian spy ship was spotted in international waters off the coast of Delaware, CBS News is reporting.

FOX News reports the ship was the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov, and was spotted about 70 miles off the coast of the First State. The U.S. boundary is 12 nautical miles. Read more »

Bucks School Board VP: Teaching Climate Change Makes Kids Depressed

Glenn Schloeffel

Central Bucks School District board member Glenn Schloeffel connected childhood depression to the teaching of climate change at a recent school board meeting. (Images via Central Bucks School District)

This is not an ordinary story about a school board’s conservative members deciding they don’t want climate change taught to children, despite the scientific consensus. That did happen in Quakertown last year, when a school district board member described textbooks as “confusing, inaccurate, with an obvious political agenda.”

This story does start out in a similar vein, though: At a recent meeting of the Central Bucks School District, two school board members raised their concerns with Biology,, a textbook by by Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine used in 10th grade, and Image Grammar Activity Book, which is used by freshman honors English students. Per a report in The Intelligencer, school board member Dennis Weldon said he didn’t think the textbooks were accurate and “gave examples of how scientists have been wrong before. … Teachers almost have to work against the textbook to get the point across.”

But it was board member Glenn Schloeffel who provided the unique argument against teaching climate change that makes this story truly different. The Intelligencer’s Gary Weckselblatt reports: Read more »

Did Seth Williams’s Top Assistant Resign to Run for D.A.?


Tariq Karim El-Shabazz, a longtime defense attorney who became District Attorney Seth Williams’s first assistant district attorney late last summer, resigned on Monday. But it’s what could come next that has people talking: El-Shabazz may be running for the office himself.

Since Williams announced late last week that he would not seek reelection, El-Shabazz has been rumored as a possible candidate for D.A. City & State reported over the weekend that El-Shabazz was considering declaring for the race as early as this week. Read more »

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