Joe Blanton on the DL

Plus a "local impact fee" for Marcellus Shale, what nurses wish you knew, a Bucks County horror story, and more of what Philly is talking about today

Well, Whatever You Want to Call It. Senate President Joe Scarnati revealed what will soon become the first proposal in Harrisburg for a “local impact fee” on the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. [Inquirer]

Don’t Freak Out, Guys, But … Blanton has been moved to the DL. [Inquirer]

Eagles Pick Offensive Lineman. Danny Watkins of Baylor was the first-round pick for the Eagles. [Inquirer]

We Don’t Need No Education. Or at least kids today don’t need full-day kindergarten, thanks to budget cuts to the School District of Philadelphia. [] (Maybe that’s why they’re so dumb.)

Stop Eating Before You Read This. A mother in Bucks County has been arrested for child endangerment after police found her three small children covered in feces. “This is about as offensive as a child neglect and endangerment case gets,” said deputy district attorney Blake Jackman. “This was pure neglect.” []

Acme Laying Off Workers. About 900 employees in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will be laid off, effective May 7.[6ABC]

And We Thought Philly Tech Week Was Nerdy. A rare fungus has been named for local botanist Ernie Schuyler. [Newsworks]

Fun Facts. According to, one out of every six doctors in the country is trained in Philadelphia. [Twitter]

Speaking of Doctors … Top Docs 2011 is out! For a complete list of this year’s top doctors, grab a copy on newsstands and be sure to read “What Nurses Wishes You Knew.” [Phillymag]

Need Something to Do This Weekend? Check out the Weekender for events and fun. [The Weekender]