Amber Alert for Kidnapped Girl Disrupts People’s Sleep [UPDATED]

Elinor Trotta / Family Photo

Elinor Trotta / Family Photo

UPDATE: 6ABC is reporting that the Amber Alert for Elinor Trotta has been cancelled and that she and her father were located this afternoon in Spencer, Massachusetts. Elinor is reportedly safe, and her father is in custody.

Elinor’s father, 43-year-old Michael Trotta, is now in police custody, charged with assault, carjacking, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment.

The Worcester Telegram adds that Michael Trotta was arrested peacefully by the FBI, the Massachusetts State Police and the Spencer Police. They add that the reason Trotta went to Spencer is unknown.

Michael A. Trotta, 43, was arrested without incident and taken into custody by the FBI, the Massachusetts state police and Spencer police, the FBI said in a news release. Mr. Trotta had fled the New Castle, Delaware, area with the child Monday night, the release said.

Mr. Trotta is being held without bail and is to be arraigned on a fugitive-from-justice charge in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield, according to the FBI. The FBI referred further questions to the New Castle Police Department in Delaware.

ORIGINAL: This is Elinor Trotta, a 3-year-old New Castle, Delaware, girl who is missing, allegedly abducted by her father, Michael Trotta, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. The young girl is believed to be in “imminent danger,” according to authorities, and an Amber Alert was issued for her in the early morning hours on Tuesday — much to the dismay of some people whose phones chimed when the alert came in. Read more »

George Takei Retweets Brian Sims Photo that Leads to Astroglide Advertorial

A few hours ago Star Trek legend and super out advocate George Takei tweeted something that looked awfully familiar:

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Yep, that’s our very own State Representative Brian Sims. But that’s not where the funny stops. The link actually goes to a Queerty Astroglide advertorial that features “Ten Most Eligible Bachelors Who Will Inspire You To Stick To Those New Year’s Resolutions.”

Awkwardly, the first paragraph is about lube and self-pleasure:

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Jim Kenney Tweets: About Pot, Soft Porn, Jasmine Oil and the Pope

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Almost three years ago, writing for the Daily News, Citified’s own Holly Otterbein and DN staffer Will Bender broke the news that City Councilman Jim Kenney was paying social media company Chatterblast $28,000 to, basically, tweet for him. “I, at 53 years old, do not have that facility,” Kenney told the Daily News back then.

Au contraire, councilman.

You’ve heard about Kenney’s Twitter feed. The jabs at Chris Christie. The occasional cursing at constituents. The mystery of who tweeted his “Legalize Now!” call to arms. That was entertaining enough, as far as it went. But those are just the made-for-radio hits. We at Citified challenge you to go deeper, to check out the B-sides; his obsession with Fox 29, his opinion on exotic fragrances, his not-remotely-blind items about the Nutter administration, his justifiable fury at d-bags in bars. Kenney’s Twitter feed is Philadelphia’s id, parsed into thousands of 140-character bits. The hoagiemouth veritably oozes through the screen.

“Twitter is kind of stupid and it’s kind of funny and it’s supposed to be used that way,” says Kenney, who might run for mayor but probably won’t. “People take it way too serious. This is basically throwaway crap you do when the feeling hits you.”

But enough preamble. Here’s what happens when the feeling hits Kenney.

Kenney tweets… about pop culture.
Kenney tweets… about social justice and the man.
Kenney tweets… about the vagaries and tribulations of life.
Kenney tweets… about exotic scents.
Kenney tweets… about the mysterious, majestical and grotesque nature of Philadelphia.
Kenney tweets… about the Nutter administration.
Kenney tweets… about dopes on Twitter.
Kenney tweets… about Fox 29.
Kenney tweets… about d-bags in bars.
Kenney tweets… about marijuana decriminalization.
Kenney tweets… about Sriracha.
Kenney tweets… about the media.
Kenney tweets… about the mutterland.
Kenney tweets… about sports.
Kenney tweets… about the pope.
Kenney tweets… about unblocking me on Twitter.
Kenney tweets… about It’s a Wonderful Life.
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31 Best Philadelphia Tweets of 2014

Last year, I named my top 10 Philadelphia tweets of 2013. In 2014, I planned to keep track of my favorite tweets week by week.

Instead, I remembered I should try to compile the year’s best tweets sometime in October. I crowdsourced a few and went back through my favorites, and compiled a list of 31 of my favorite tweets this year. Some were chosen for their newsworthiness, but most were just jokes I liked.

My Favorite Philly Tweet This Year

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Gay Sports Bar Boxers in Hot Water for Offensive Tweets

Boxers NYC, the father bar of the Gayborhood’s newest gay watering hole Boxers PHL is feeling the heat after a series of offensive messages were tweeted from its account on Twitter.

It all started after Reverend Al Shartpon tweeted a response to the horrible shooting of two cops this weekend in Brooklyn. He said:

That’s when someone from Boxers account tweeted:

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Jill Scott Stands Up For Bill Cosby On Twitter


Philly-bred singer/actress Jill Scott took to Twitter yesterday to defend Bill Cosby following a string of sexual assault allegations against him that have been resurfacing recently. It all started when a fan tweeted that she heard Scott was taking sides with Cosby.

And it continued …

(h/t The Root)

On Twitter, Curt Schilling Battles Philly Bloggers over Evolution

Last night on his Twitter account, former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling (aka @gehrig38) got into it with some Philadelphia Phillies bloggers. They weren’t talking about a possible rebuild for the Fightin’ Phils or debating the merits of the 1993 Phillies’ starting rotation. No, they were arguing evolution.

Here’s how it started:

Yes, Curt Schilling attempted to convince people on Twitter that the theory of evolution was wrong with a YouTube video. This… seems like the wrong way to go about it, but, hey, tweet about whatever you want.

Schilling, of course, got a lot of blowback after posting the video. But most amusing was that he argued with Phillies bloggers Ryan Sommers and Zoo With Roy.

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