Nefertiti Jaquez Reported Officer’s Death an Hour Before He Was Pronounced Dead

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Editor’s Note: The headline and other parts of this story have been updated to reflect new information.

Last Thursday, in the wake of the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson at a GameStop in North Philadelphia, reporters were scrambling to get the latest news in the case. And NBC10’s Nefertiti Jaquez was the first one to report that Wilson had died. The problem was, he hadn’t been pronounced dead yet.

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Early Philly-Set Kevin Hart Sitcom The Big House Coming to DVD

thebighosuePop Quiz: What sitcom starring Philly’s own Kevin Hart premiered 10 years ago and is coming to DVD this January? What, you don’t know the answer? Don’t worry, no one does.

The Big House, an extremely short-lived, six-episode sitcom that ran on ABC in 2004, starred Hart as the anti-Fresh Prince. His character, cleverly named Kevin Hart, is forced to leave his happy, wealthy life as a student in Malibu once his father is arrested for embezzlement. Kevin must then tragically move in with working class relatives in Philadelphia and attend Drexel University. What a rough life! (Hart featured Drexel as an homage to his alumna mother, Nancy. Aw!)

We may love Kevin Hart, but with such a played-out premise it’s no wonder the show was axed. That isn’t keeping Olive Films from releasing the episodes on DVD Tuesday, January 13th, in order to capitalize on Hart’s upcoming film The Wedding Ringer opening Friday, January 16th.

While you eagerly await your pre-order of all six episodes, check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:

On Ottawa Shootings, TV News Got It Wrong. Again.

Police with metal detectors comb the area near the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was killed by a gunman, in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament's sergeant-at-arms on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Justin Tang)

Police with metal detectors comb the area near the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was killed by a gunman, in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Justin Tang)

I was at home watching cable news when the shooting in Ottawa, Canada broke. What followed was the all-too-familiar routine of wall-to-wall coverage on all the cable news channels. I have been on both sides of the screen in these moments of all-hands-on-deck-throw-out-the-rundown-way-too-frenetic-coverage of breaking news stories.
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Pennsylvania Sports Anchor Punches Man Who Interrupts Live Shot

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Earlier this month, the annual Musikfest concert was held in Bethlehem. Headlined by Keith Urban, the 10-day event featured a variety of musical acts (and, sadly, a shooting).

It also featured a crowd The Morning Call described as “beer-swilling.” And, on Saturday night, a Musikfest patron — who, to be fair, we don’t know the inebriation status of — interrupted the live shot of Service Electric TV2’s Mike Zambelli. He appeared to curse. As you can see in the video above, Zambelli just went and punched him. Holy crap. Channel 69 News is no longer my favorite suburban Philadelphia newscast.

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Dissed Doctor Sues Stephanie Stahl and CBS 3 for Libel

You know Stephanie Stahl. She’s the medical reporter and sometimes investigative reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, the woman who mongers fear over the perils of buying prescription drugs without a doctor, the potential for an Ebola outbreak in Philadelphia, and doctors who allegedly implant cardiac stents into patients who don’t need them. Well, the last of those stories has her being hauled into Federal Court. Read more »

Don Tollefson’s Last Stand

Photography by Wesley Mann

Photography by Wesley Mann

She kept Don inside. His mother wanted him to study. She wouldn’t let him be like them, those other kids who got into trouble. Don rarely saw his father — his parents had separated. So the boy would spend hours in his bedroom in San Francisco, playing endless games with his baseball cards: Dodgers-Giants, over and over. He’d go out into the tiny backyard of their small house near Lake Merced and re-create the ’60 Olympics. With string, he’d make a high jump. A broad jump. A track around the perimeter. That’s how he spent his childhood. In fantasy. Alone.

He did what he was told, and he earned the A’s his mother demanded. She taught piano, at the Conservatory. Sometimes, on her days off, they’d go for drives down the Peninsula together. His brother Arthur was 10 years older, and had gotten into Stanford. Arthur was gone, just like Don’s father. Don was student body president of his high school. He was accepted at Stanford, just like his brother, at 16. He was sure he could make his mother proud.
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Well, at Least Donald Sterling Doesn’t Talk in Code

One of the most fascinating things about the Internet is the way it uncovers how many bigots lie in our midst every day. Especially since most of my columns are centered on the tender subjects of race and class, a quick scroll to the bottom of the page here or here or here (nope, it’s not just the philly.com that serves as venue space for digital Klan meetings), and you can see what I’m talking about. It’s not just about your standard differences in opinion; it’s a fundamental belief system that, as the late great Michael Jackson once said, is “too high to get over, and too low to get under.”

The fact that bigotry generally hides in plain sight is one of the reasons LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is such a fascinating oddity, a walking, talking, living relic of just how staunchly committed a certain type of person can be to their indefensible racism and prejudice. His absurdity was laid bare in his recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, where he said he was not a racist and that he was with Cooper “to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people” he hurt.

Minutes later: “Here is a man who acts so holy,” he said of Magic Johnson, the man featured in the photo with Sterling’s friend V. Stiviano. “I mean, he made love to every girl in every city in America and he has AIDS.”

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The Ultimate Philadelphia Klout Ranking

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Klout, Inc. was founded in San Francisco in 2009. It measures online influence by using data from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, WordPress and a bunch of other social media platforms. Each user is assigned a Klout score on a scale from one to 100. The higher your score, the more influence you are said to have online.

Many Internet aficionados are skeptical or downright dismissive of Kloutjoin them at your own risk. Marketers and major companies take the very basic web analytic very seriously.

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