UPDATE: Arrest Made in LOVE Park Attack; Teen Admits Participation to 6ABC

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[Update 2:20 pm] The AP reports that one of three suspects has been arrested.

Additionally, 6ABC interviewed a 19-year-old man, “Curtis,” who admitted being part of the attack.

“If I had the chance, I would apologize to that guy. I lost my cool,” said Curtis.

Why didn’t he walk away?

“I don’t know, I was just in the heat of the moment,” said Curtis.

[Update 9 am] Police have released their own version of the video — the victim’s face is blurred out — and a description of the suspects:

The police description:

Central Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspects who assaulted a Park Ranger in Logan Circle.

On August 15, 2014, 5:25 pm, the complainant, a Philadelphia Park Ranger, observed 6-8 skateboarders inside Love Park located at 1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and advised them they could not skateboard in the park. When suspect #1 refused to leave he raised his hands in a fighting stance. Suspect #2 who had a camera was videoing suspect #1 while suspect #3 was taunting for a fight. Suspect #1 then punched the complainant in the face and wrestled him to the ground where he began kicking, stomping and spiting on the Park Ranger. After assaulting the Park Ranger the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.

Suspect Description:
Suspect #1: Black male, 19 years-of-age, 5’10″, dark complected, short braids, wearing a gray t-shirt with red lettering on the front.
Suspect #2: Asian male, 19-20 years-of-age, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants,
Suspect #3: White male, 19 years-of-age, brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on the front.

If you see these suspects do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Central Detective Division
Det. Wiegert #9034
215-686-3093/3094
DC# 14-09-031950

[Original] This is horrific:

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Ferguson Protest: Tourists Pose With “Dead” Teen at LOVE Park

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On Saturday afternoon, Juilliard theater student Lee Edward Colston and Carver High School of Engineering and Science graduate Keith Wallace, among others, staged a silent Ferguson protest at iconic LOVE Park in Philadelphia, a popular destination with tourists for photo opportunities. And with Wallace — an MFA acting student at the University of California who is home on summer break — lying on the ground portraying Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot dead by Ferguson police, the tourists continued snapping their smiley photos. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Nutter and Clarke Make Plan for LOVE Park

After months of discussion, an accord has finally been reached for how to refurbish of JFK Plaza. According to the Inquirer’s Troy Graham, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke signed a document “that outlines their ‘shared vision’” for the park. Compromise from both parties is evident in the new plan, which includes information about what would be retained, what would be added, and how it would all be funded.

To avoid dipping into the city’s reserves, the renovation project would funded by the sale of the garage beneath the plaza, and Liberty Property Trust would offer free planning and design services.

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Nutter, Clarke Agree on Love Park Future

NewsWorks reports that Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke have reached agreement over the future of Love Park—a joint vision that involves creating new green space while offering urban amenities like restaurants.  “I want to say how excited I am about the prospects of having a well-balanced approach to redoing this park and bring some level of vibrancy to this park,” Clarke said. “No longer will people be talking about Bryant Park in New York and in London, they are going to be talking about Love Park in the city of Philadelphia.”

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Morning Headlines: Why Restaurants in LOVE Park Isn’t Such a Great Idea

Today the Daily News’ Jenny DeHuff takes up the question of Darrell Clarke’s … intriguing plans for LOVE Park. As Property author Sandy Smith noted when Clarke first proposed putting restaurants in the park to generate revenue, “We should take Clarke’s proposed design as the start of a path to a new and livelier LOVE Park, not as its final form…it could stand some refinement.

DeHuff notes that Smith isn’t alone in that assessment:

“Critics of the proposal agree that revenue-generating is necessary for the city to pay its bills, but not by way of building up what’s intended to be open space, something already lacking in Center City.”

Indeed, a park-land ordinance from 2011 requires that developers who build on existing open space replace it with equivalent open space elsewhere. (This ordinance is what stymied Temple University’s boathouse proposal, now a moot point anyway.) In this case, any new commercial developments at LOVE Park would have to undergo state and federal review.

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Clarke’s LOVE Park Plan: Too Much, and Not Enough, of a Good Thing

City Council President Darrell Clarke is floating a plan to take care of rehabilitating LOVE Park the same way the city is going about rehabilitating the parking garage under it: By having private business foot the bill for the repairs.

Mayor Nutter has already announced that the garage would be sold to Chicago-based InterPark, which bid $30 million for it. InterPark would then renovate the garage on its own dime and restore the park – formally, John F. Kennedy Plaza still – with $16.5 million from the city.

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Afternoon Obsession: LOVE Park Duvet with Philly Skyline

LOVE Park duvet by Urban Works Textiles via Etsy

LOVE Park duvet by Urban Works Textiles via Etsy

Lovely as they may be, skyline prints can be a little cliché. At least that’s what we thought before stumbling onto an Etsy gem that made us love them all over again!

Luxurious home décor meets fun artwork to make a charming union on this crisp white duvet. The inky image design of the Philadelphia cityscape is possibly what gives this otherwise “soft to the touch” clean cover its friendly character. The included pillow cases with high flying birds add to the already pleasant bedspread.

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