How to Get A Vacant House Knocked Down: Turkey Vultures

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A still from Fox 29’s report on a West Philly house invaded by turkey vultures.

Update, 5:15 p.m.: L&I’s Karen Guss says the building is indeed under demolition. She tells Philadelphia magazine inspectors had been monitoring the building for years, and made the decision to tear it down after seeing how its condition had deteriorated over the last few weeks.

Last night Fox 29’s Bruce Gordon had a report in West Philadelphia. Gordon, a William Tennent graduate, has been with Fox 29 since 1996. He’s one of the station’s elder statesmen; he’ll cover the big story of the day, do investigative reports or ask tough questions of politicians. Sometimes, like last night, he reports on turkey vultures.

Gordon’s report aired recently on Fox 29, some time after the “crews paint over dead squirrel” in Plymouth Meeting piece. It was a bit of classic TV consumer reporting: Neighbors come to the TV station about a problem no one seems to be able to fix, and the TV station gets results! Also, it was about turkey vultures at a vacant home in West Philadelphia. Read more »

Watch: Pat Ciarrocchi’s Final Broadcast at CBS3

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After 33 years, Pat Ciarrocchi anchored her final newscast for CBS3 during Thursday’s 12 noon broadcast. On air, Ciarrocchi got choked up after being surprised by longtime co-anchor Ukee Washington.

“I was really good until you showed up,” she said. Washington thanked her for helping to teach him the ropes. “You turned a sports guy into a news man,” he said. He then played a taped tribute to Ciarrocchi (see below.) Read more »

Pat Ciarrocchi Leaving CBS3

We'll miss you Pat Ciarrocchi.

We’ll miss you Pat Ciarrocchi.

After 33 years, Pat Ciarrocchi is saying goodbye to CBS3.

She’ll be leaving on October 15.

She joined the station in 1982 and served for years as the morning news anchor.

Ciarrocchi made the announcement on her Twitter page: Read more »

Report: CBS3 Workers Authorize Strike

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If the pope visits and there’s not a local TV crew there to record the event, does it really happen? We may find out.

Philadelphia Business Journal reports that workers at CBS3 have voted to authorize a strike, following an earlier strike vote by NBC10 crews. In both cases, the workers are using Pope Francis’ visit to Philly as leverage in bargaining.“Very rarely do we have any advantage in negotiations,” a CBS source told PBJ. “With the Pope coming, we have a little. So we are going to use any advantage we can get.” Read more »

Don Bell Returns to CBS 3 as Sports Director

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Image via Bell’s Twitter account

Don Bell has returned to Philadelphia as CBS 3’s new sports director.

Bell previously worked for CBS 3 from 2005 to 2010, before departing for an anchor job at ESPN.

He anchored SportsCenter for three years before leaving for Fox Sports 1. He anchored Fox Sports Live on that station, and has also hosted the Don Bell & Ryan Field Show on Fox Sports Radio. Per TV News Check, Bell is a New Jersey native and a 2000 graduate of Boston University. Like many people you see on TV, he has a journalism degree from Northwestern.  Read more »

Salon Vanity 10th Anniversary Party

 

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Edmondo Blando last night celebrated his 10th year operating Salon Vanity with a party at the 1701 Walnut Street establishment. Many well-coiffed guests came out to celebrate Blando’s achievement, including Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, who has his hair done by Edmondo, and was just chosen by Get Good Head as the best head of hair on a newsman in Pennsylvania. He heard about the salon through Kacie McDonnell, who still flies in monthly to get her hair done at the salon. Other notable clients include Sheena Parveen, Dawn Timmeney, Jillian Mele and Eva Pilgrim.

Guests dined on a spread by Whole Foods, enjoyed Andrea Blando‘s (Edmondo’s dad) homemade limoncello, and enjoyed a specially designed chocolate chip cake from Sophisticakes Bakery in Drexel Hill. In his speech last night, Edmondo thanked his wife, Santi, for her support, his parents for letting him pursue his dreams — which started in their garage — and his staff, who uphold his motto: ”We help people feel better about themselves, especially if they’ve had a bad day.”

Photos from the Salon Vanity 10th anniversary party after the jump »

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

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Photo via Twitter

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtoJ7fQBRF8

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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