Mummers Parade Gets Improvements for 2011

Bathrooms! Concessions! Seats! Plus Temple's new football coach, the Union's newest player, Corbett's search for a new chief of staff, and more of what Philly is talking about today

Family-Friendly Mummers on the Way. The 111th Mummers parade, set to occur on 1/1/2011 (a binary miracle!), will be easier to tolerate because the city will provide more bleachers, bathrooms, and food stands. Now, if they could only do something about those pesky racism rumors … [Inquirer]

Corbett’s Chief of Staff Bails. Brian Nutt now plans to become a managing partner for a law firm in Harrisburg. He’ll remain chief of staff of Corbett’s transition committee, but the job of the governor’s chief of staff is now open.  The Scoop is happy to give recommendations to any readers who’d like to apply. [Newsworks]

Temple Replaces Al Golden. Steve Addazio comes to Philly after a stint with the Florida Gators [Inquirer]. Floridian fans had, um, mixed feelings about him. []

Soccer Team Signs Local Teen. Fifteen-year-old Zach Pfeffer was signed by the Philadelphia Union as part of the MLS’s homegrown player initiative. [Daily News]

Chester Students Exposed to Tuberculosis. In real life. Not while playing Oregon Trail. [6ABC]

Pennsylvania’s Civic Health is Suffering. We don’t vote, but we talk to our neighbors. According to the National Constitution Center’s first-ever Civic Health Index, that means we’re not in good shape. [Philebrity]

While You’re Counting Down the Hours at Work Today … Kill some time with this fun Phillies videos [700 Level] and a sort-of funny photo gallery of Michael Nutter [Metro].