Kobe Gets His Gym

Plus the latest on the Ride the Ducks saga, racial harmony, Kensington Strangler, and more of what Philly is talking about today.

Lower Merion High School Dedicated Its Gymnasium to Kobe Bryant. The Lakers star gave the school $411,000. Also of note: Kobe wears his Aces shorts under his Lakers shorts, which, yes, Michael Jordan did that, too, but still, wouldn’t that be a bit uncomfortable? And, at a certain point, aren’t you just good enough to not need good-luck charms anymore? [Philly.com]

The Ducks Saga Rides On. Will they be on the Schuylkill this spring? And if they are, will anybody care? RFPs for would-be tour companies are due December 22nd, so we’ll find out soon enough. [Newsworks]

Frank Baldino Jr. Dies. The founder and CEO of Cephalon, a Pa.-based pharmaceutical and biotech company, passed away last night. He was only 57, but had been on medical leave. [Philly.com]

Student Advocates Demand Citywide Racial Safeguards. The agreement the school district reached with state and federal authorities after that mess at South Philly High last year should extend to all students. [Inquirer]

The Police Link Latest Victim to the Kensington Strangler. No big surprise there, really. Still sad, though. [Inquirer]