Comcast Names Exec in Charge of Making Customers Less Ragey

Type the words “Comcast sucks” into Google, and 1.17 million results arrive immediately on your screen. The company has almost always had a  problem with the public perception of its customer service — partly because nobody will ever, ever love their cable company — but in this, the year of the Time Warner merger, that perception has gotten way way way out of hand.

So the company is hiring a guy to fix all that.

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Second Teen Charged With Murder In High School Girl’s Killing

arrest Philadelphia Police announced today they have arrested a second suspect in the killing of 15-year-old Aisha Abdur Rhaman on Tuesday. Rhaman, a student at Delaware Valley Charter High School, was hit by a stray bullet after students gathered for a fight near Einstein Medical Center.

Police arrested the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Darian Person, earlier this week. Today they picked up Quadir Gibson, 15, and charged him with criminal conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and other offenses. He is being charged as an adult.

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Ex-Phillie Mitch Williams Suing MLB Network, Deadspin

Hey, what’s ol’ Mitchy-poo been up to? Oh, I see: He’s suing MLB Network and Deadspin stemming from a report Deadspin posted about Williams’ behavior at a youth tourney game this April.

Williams, the Daily News reports, is suing MLB Network for wrongful termination and defamation and Deadspin for defamation. After Deadspin posted its report — which included allegations of foul language by Williams and photos of him chest-to-chest with an ump at an under-10 tournament in New Jersey — Williams admitted being ejected from the game, but claimed it was the ump who was the problem.

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Flyers Fans Booed the Ice Guys Again Last Night

Another preseason Flyers game, another chance for Flyers fans to show displeasure with the team’s removal of the Ice Girls. Fans actually interrupted the referee announcing a penalty to jeer the fact that women in tiny shorts and tight tops no longer collected ice shavings during stoppages of play.

How long will this go on? Just the preseason? Will loud boos continue to embarrass Flyers fans all year? Will the Flyers eventually acquiesce and bring back the Ice Girls?

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Philadelphia City Councilman Wants to Outlaw Realistic-Looking Toy Guns

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Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced legislation to ban toy guns. His bill, which he introduced at City Council on Thursday, comes after a man holding a toy gun was killed in an Ohio Walmart and a recent rally in Point Breeze that convinced a corner store to stop selling BB guns.

Johnson’s ban on toy guns would exempt ones that are “white, bright colored or entirely transparent,” according to the Inquirer, and would also allow historical replicas and props. Atlantic City recently passed a toy gun ban with similar exemptions. Johnson is also pushing legislation that would increase the penalty for selling a BB gun, which is already illegal in Philadelphia.

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Need a Cuddle Buddy?

Screen grabs from the Cuddlr app.

Screen grabs from the Cuddlr app.

Need a cuddle buddy? There’s an app for that, too.

How sad.

If there’s ever a moment where you might feel especially in need of a human touch, head over to the App Store and download Cuddlr, a new lifestyle app designed to allow complete strangers to find time to cuddle in a place of their choosing.

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The Phillies Will Finish In Last Place For the First Time Since 2000

By virtue of a last night’s 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, the Phillies sewed up last place in the National League East. It’s the first time the Phillies have finished in last place since 2000, Terry Francona’s last season as manager. That team lost 97 games and its best pitcher was Robert Person (Fan club: The Person People). So, things could be worse!

If you’d forgotten: Yes, these very same Phillies had the best record in baseball in 2010 and 2011. Not so very long ago!

If you want to feel better about the Phillies’ recent struggles, think how unprecedented this period of success was: The 13 consecutive seasons without a last-place finish is actually the third-longest stretch in team history! The Phillies avoided last place between 1974 and 1987 and between 1905 and 1918 — both 14-season stretches — and also avoided last place from their second season in 1884 to 1903 — an impressive 20-season mark.

Other than those stretches, Phillies’ history is pretty much entirely last place finishes. This season will be the 32nd last-place finish by the Phillies in 132 years of play. The Phillies have finished in dead last in 25 percent of seasons they’ve played.

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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It seemed like a victory on Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Senate passed a medical marijuana bill. It passed the Senate by a wide margin, 43-7. But the truth is it doesn’t go far enough. Before it was passed, the bill was gutted by amendment — senators removed a host of conditions medical marijuana could have been used for.

“We don’t want to give off the impression that this is a whole victory,” Dana Ulrich, whose daughter has intractable epilepsy that medical marijuana could help, told The Patriot-News. “There are patients all over Pennsylvania who are still going to be ignored if this becomes law.”

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