Underground Explosion in Old City

Plus what Penn's president gets paid, a SugarHouse robbery, Roy Halladay's stint as cover model, and more of what Philly is talking about today

It’s Raining Manhole Covers in Old City. An underground explosion in that part of time blew the covers last night. Still, not a single sluttily-dressed Jersey Girl was hit. (Oh, be prepared for traffic snarls in that part of town today.) [CBS3]

Penn’s President Earns More Than $1 Mil. That’s what Amy Guttman hauled in for the 2009-2010 school year. The university pointed out that she received no pay increase this year and that Gutmann and her husband donated $100,000 to Penn. [Inquirer]

Will Arlen Specter Be an NPR Pundit? While he was at the Philadelphia Craft Show, he talked to Pa2010.com about wanting to be on national public radio, Anita Hill, raising taxes and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. [Pa2010.com]

More Funding Woes for SEPTA. The transit operator was denied federal money, which the agency hoped would help fund a switch to an electronic fare system. The Scoop thinks we should just switch back to the horse-and-buggy. Or hot air balloons. [Philly.com]

American Jewish History Museum Opens. Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, and Joe Biden came to town for the grand opening. But did they see the flaws that Inky architecture critic Inga Saffron sees? She thinks the building is “closed off” and “exudes unease.” [Inquirer, WHYY]

Three Women Robbed At SugarHouse Casino. The perps were two men (at least one armed) who struck in the parking lot as the women arrived at the casino on Friday. [Daily News]

Roy Halladay, Cover Model. The pitcher will be pictured on the packaging of an Xbox sports video game. Which must make up for not making it to the World Series this year. [Business Journal]

Don’t Feed the Turkeys. Officials don’t want the two wild turkeys that have taken up residence in a field along Route 413 in Bucks County to get too comfortable. Um, maybe someone should warn the pair about a certain upcoming holiday? [PhillyBurbs.com]