Joey Vento, Owner of Geno’s, Dies of Heart Attack

Plus: Hurricane to Cape May, Will and Jada are still together, investigating the Ackerman buyout, and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Joey Vento Died of a Heart Attack. Joey Vento started Geno’s in 1966. Since then, he had been a staple in Philadelphia. Whether he was selling steaks, telling his customers to speak English, or donating to one of a handful of valuable charities, Vento did so as a true Philadelphian and he will be greatly missed. [Foobooz]

We Felt the Earth … Move … Under Our Feet. Carole King may have been singing the words metaphorically, but Philly definitely felt the literal interpretation of them yesterday as an earthquake in Virginia rocked the East Coast. Center City buildings emptied out onto the streets as buildings were inspected. The Blue Cross building downtown had a few windows shattered, flights at PHL were grounded, PATCO stopped running and SEPTA (surprise!) struggled to keep a reasonable schedule. [Inquirer] See here for the Philly Post’s award for scariest place to be in the city at about 2 p.m. yesterday.

Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit Cape May. A few days ago, tropical storm Irene was upgraded to a hurricane and projected to follow a path that would make it the first major hurricane to hit the United States in the past couple of years. Now, after course forecasts have changed, meteorologists suspect it will hit Cape May on Sunday afternoon. Rising waters, earthquakes and hurricanes in Philadelphia in mid-to-late August—maybe Harold Camping was onto something. [FOX 29]

Pennsylvania Auditor to Review Ackerman Buyout. Jack Wagner plans to review the private donations that helped with Arlene Ackerman’s contract buyout. [WHYY]

Will Smith and Wife Jada Deny Rumors of Split. Yesterday, In Touch reported that a source—who remains anonymous—said that the Hollywood power couple were separating. Now, Will, Jada, and even Will’s son Trey have all come out and publicly denied the report. [6 ABC]

Students Ask to Be Kept Out of Blogger’s Class. Natalie Munroe—the English teacher at Central Bucks East who entered the public sphere after it was discovered she was blogging about her students—heads back to school this year. So far, 200 C.B. East students have requested to opt out of Munroe’s class. [Inquirer]

The Phils Win, Hang Nine Runs On Mets. The Phillies didn’t seem too shaken up by yesterday’s earthquake as they came out of the gates swinging last night. John Mayberry Jr. and Shane Victorino both hit home runs to help out starter Vance Worley, who added two hits of his own. The Phils won 9-4 and are looking to sweep the Mets with a win in today’s matinee. [The 700 Level]