A jogger pulled an ailing boater out of the Schuylkill this morning. 6ABC reports: “Authorities tell Action News the victim was in a boat with another man when he suffered a seizure and ended up in the water.A jogger passing through the area saw what had happened and helped pull the man to safety.” The boater was hospitalized; no word on his injuries.
Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton attend the 2014 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 5, 2014, in New York City. Photo | Debby Wong, Shutterstock.com
A great big mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, who announced late last week the impending birth this autumn of an heir to the Clinton dynasty. You may remember their wedding back in the summer of 2010. It was the American equivalent of one of Britain’s royal marriage hullabaloos, and cost, cognoscenti guessed, about three million bucks. But for all its heritage and privilege, Marc and Chelsea’s baby, when it’s born, will be part of a minority — the less than 50 percent of all babies born in this country today whose parents are wed.
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AP reports that Miss America has asked Central York High School to reconsider its suspension of a teen who asked her to prom during a school assembly on academics last week. ”School officials knew Patrick Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.” No word on whether the school will lift its punishment.
Here’s a press release on the memorial for “Wild Bill” Guarnere, the Philly veteran whose story helped form the basis for the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Guarnere died in March.
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CBS Philly reports a 22-year-old student was found dead at Chestnut Hill College. “Police were called out to the school, at 9601 Germantown Avenue, shortly after 8:30 a.m. for an unresponsive male found on a couch.”
Philly Mag intern Megan Welch passes along a statement from Sister Carol Jean Vale, the college president: “The Chestnut Hill College community is greatly saddened to announce the death of senior business major Bradley David Amerman on Wednesday, April 16. Our sincere prayers and heartfelt sympathy are extended to the family and friends of Bradley David Amerman and to the Class of 2014. Staff members will be available in the Counseling Center, Student Activities, McCaffery Lounge and Campus Ministry to all members of the College community who wish to discuss and share their thoughts.”
It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all the stuff you missed at PhillyMag.com. Here were some of our favorite pieces from the week gone by:
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The Joy of a Phillies Game, Even When They Stink: What's nice about baseball is it's a picnic. The Phillies may have given up three home runs to Ryan Braun in a 10-4 loss in their home opener, but I still had a good time at the game yesterday. I tailgated with friends in the parking lot beforehand. I met my uncle, a man who's taken me to scores of Phillies games in my life, and we sat in his season ticket seats. I listened to him wax nostalgic on Phillies teams in games past — "Since the Vet opened, I've only missed about three home openers," he bragged — and we drank beers and sighed as the Brewers scored another run. I ran into friends I hadn't seen in forever. I updated an old boss on my life. I actually walked back to downtown up 10th Street because it was nice out, and a friend suggested we walk. Why has no one asked me to do this before? I wondered aloud. (Dan McQuade)
Mike Jerrick Is the Future of Philadelphia’s Digital District: If we want to be Times Square, we need to throw a locally star-studded New Year’s Eve celebration. Stick a glittery ball on the top of 1818 Market Street (the home of Philly Mag, incidentally), enlist a celeb like Maria Papadakis to host the countdown and get local bands to perform. (Just please don’t get the Welcome America bookers to handle it. No one needs to see Earth, Wind and Fire twice in one year.) (Erica Palan)
Our Five Favorite Parts of the Chris Christie New Yorker Profile: Christie owes some of his political success to New Jersey’s Democratic machine:That might sound odd, considering Christie’s a Republican. But the New Yorker article details how Christie’s relationship with two Democratic bosses — Joe DiVincenzo and some guy named George Norcross — has helped him to smooth sailing as governor. During Christie’s re-election campaign, in fact, “there seemed to be an informal non-compete agreement between (Norcross’s) organization and the Governor: Christie mostly stayed away from Norcross’s candidates, and Norcross mostly stayed out of the gubernatorial race.” DiVencenzo endorsed Christie outright. Christie’s ability to get along with Democrats — and thus appeal to centrists — was a rationale for his once-burgeoning presidential campaign. But as told here, the accommodations here seem less ideological, and more about power accommodating power. (Joel Mathis)
Normcore? More Like “Momcore”: Sure, kids grow up and move out. But those Champion sweatpants last practically forever. And the drawstring waistbands forgive a lot of middle-aged pudge. It’s hard to give up mom-clothes once you’ve tried them. Welcome to my world, New York City hipsters. I think you’re gonna like it here. (Sandy Hingston)
Six Unfortunate but Real Reasons Women Are Paid Less Than Men: Some men think (and rightly so) that hiring a woman (no matter how competent) comes with the increased chance that she may ultimately have children and leave the company. Many women do this. That’s because the burden of parenting still mainly falls on them, even in these so-called “modern” times. And if you return to the workforce once your kids hit elementary school, you’ve missed many critical years of experience. From an employer's point of view, this diminishes your value.” (Gene Marks)
Maybe Philly Drivers and Bicyclists Actually Like Fighting With Each Other: "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers." I'd like to extend this to cyclists, too. I'm honest enough to publicly admit that I fail to fully pause at South Philly stop signs (which is illegal) about as often as I zip through red lights on my bike when I see there are no cars coming (also illegal). Yep, I bend the rules — sorry mom, Jesus, Stu Bykofsky, etc. Lock me up if you must, but I have a strong suspicion I won’t be alone in the clink. (Drew Lazor)
10 Things You Should Know About Thomas Jefferson* Before You Tour ‘Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Thomas was the son of Peter Jefferson, a Virginia landowning slaveholder who died in 1757, leaving the 11 year old with a massive estate. Ten years later, he formally inherited 52 black human beings and 5,000 acres of land as well as livestock and other valuables. When he authored the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he held 175 black men, women, and children in bondage. By 1822, he had increased that number to 267. (Michael Coard)
Let’s Teach Philly Kids to Use Guns — Properly: We don’t teach respect for guns in Philadelphia, not really. We teach fear, we preach abstinence, we mount political crusades and there are good reasons we do so. But none of that seems to work. So let’s try something new, not because we love guns, but because we respect their power — and we love our children. (Joel Mathis)
The first round of announcements regarding May college commencement speakers has wound down, and if you think college admissions are competitive, you should see the commencement-speaker arms race. Is our school’s smarter than yours? More famous? Better looking? We took the trouble to arrange the first 20 announcees according to overall desirability as we see it from here.
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Update: CBS Pittsburgh reports: “Dan Stevens with Westmoreland Emergency Management says 20-students have been injured, four of those are serious. Police say the male suspect is in custody, and is reportedly a student at the school. Sources say that the student is a sophomore at the high school.”
Fox29 reports: “Emergency crews were sent to Franklin Regional High School located in Murrysville, PA after multiple people were stabbed. Several police cars and ambulances are at the school.”
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If the air in Philly seemed a bit grittier than usual on Monday — provided you got a break from the rain — we now have the reason: Smoke from a brushfire at Wharton State Forest got so thick it could be seen both from New York City and Philadelphia. NBC 10 reports:
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Turns out Philly’s “rat retaliation” story from last week was too much for SNL to resist over the weekend.
…which is pretty much the punchline for every SNL Philadelphia joke.