Hurricane Irene: the Aftermath

Plus: Manhunt for soldier ends in Bucks County, the city revisits an immigration issue, negotions for the Reading Viaduct, and more of what Philly is talking about today

So, It Rained Over the Weekend. Hurricane Irene came to Philadelphia for the weekend. In her wake, she left 21 dead and $7 billion worth of damage on the East Coast, widespread power outages, closed bridges, a public transit nightmare, and a partridge in a pear tree. Largely, though, the impact in Philadelphia didn’t live up to the hype. [Daily News]

Manhunt for Soldier, Murderer Ends in Bucks County. A 37-year-old soldier on active duty in Virginia was found dead behind a Bucks County gas station after allegedly murdering his ex-wife, her boyfriend, the boyfriend’s young son, and the ex-wife’s mother before fleeing north through Pennsylvania and wounding two S.W.A.T. officers in a standoff during Hurricane Irene. [FOX 29]

Philadelphia and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Revisit Agreement. Less than a year after altering the agreement between Philly and ICE to protect victims and witnesses in the city, Mayor Nutter, City Council, and District Attorney Seth Williams are revisiting the issue. [Daily News]

City In Talks With Viaduct Owner. The Reading Viaduct—which has been unused since ’84—isn’t exactly the prettiest section of Philadelphia. Now, the city is in negotiations with its owner while talking with SEPTA about the portion it owns. It would actually save Philly about $14 million to turn the viaduct into a park, rather than remove it. [Philly.com]

Weather Changes Phillies Schedule Down the Stretch. Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday. Now, it’s been rescheduled as a matinee on September 15th. Hurricane Irene put a little damper on the Phils remaining schedule. The team is out of scheduled days off and will play 33 games in 31 days to wrap up the 2011 regular season. Play will resume Monday when Hamels takes the bump in Cincinnati. [Phillies]

Phillies Join ItGetsBetter.org to Help Fight Bullying. The team is working with ItGetsBetter.org in an effort to discourage bullying, specifically toward those in the LGBT community. [The 700 Level]