Penn Bioethicist Calls Out Michele Bachmann

Plus: Phils sweep doubleheader, Orchestra email probe, Arlen Specter's first day of school, and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Penn Bioethicist Calls Out Michele Bachmann. Arthur Caplan—director of Penn’s Center for Bioethics—has proposed a bet to Michele Bachmann that may result in a charity receiving $10,000. The stunt came in response to Bachmann claiming that a girl was made mentally retarded by a vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Phillies Sweep Doubleheader With Marlins. The Phils took home wins in both of their games yesterday as they beat the Marlins 3-1 in Kyle Kendrick’s matinee and then edged them out 2-1 in 10 innings last night. Cliff Lee was one pitch away from recording his seventh complete game shutout of 2011 when he gave up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth. Howard picked him up by doubling in a run so that the Phils could walk off victorious. The magic number to clinch the division is two. [The 700 Level]

Orchestra Emails Under Microscope. The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund has lawyers rifling through some 50,000 emails from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s server. The Scoop thinks that scouring scores of emails for information relating to the financial woes of the Orchestra sounds like an awful way to spend your week. [Inquirer]

Arlen Specter’s First Day of School. Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator has retired from politics and officially started his career in teaching. Specter graduated from Penn in 1951 and returned to teach at its law school beginning this year. [CBS 3]

Suicide by Train a City Trend. Over the past five years, 15 people have committed suicide by train in Philadelphia. This year, there’s already been four of these deaths in Montco and three in Philly. In an uplifting start to the Scoop’s Friday, Phillip Lucas of the Daily News pens a piece on the upward trend of these train suicides. [Daily News]

Jeremy Roenick Defends His Stance on Philly Fans. Roenick appeared to have made some disparaging remarks about Philadelphia’s fan base during a stint on a new show with Jay Mohr. Roenick spoke with Crossing Broad whilst trying to clear up the cloudiness surrounding his comments and claims that Mohr edited the show to make it look as though he was bashing Philly fans. [Crossing Broad]