Iran to Release Jailed Americans Today

Plus: City pays out for MySpace cop, it's officially hockey season, "Jersey Shore" tax credit in jeopardy, and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Iran to Release Jailed Americans Today. After a long and arduous legal process, it appears as though Elkins Park native Josh Fattal and fellow prisoner Shane Bauer are to be released from Iranian prison. The ruling comes after an Iranian court approved their $500,000 bail and after the two have spent more than two years in captivity for hiking into Iran by crossing Afghanistan’s border. [6 ABC]

MySpace Cop Costs City $425K in Settlements. The City has agreed to pay out settlements totaling $425,000 in cases in which Deona Carter—the officer who posted “scandalous” pictures on her MySpace account—is accused of assaulting or wrongfully arresting someone. [Daily News]

Flyers Blank Leafs 4-0. Oh, hey—what’s up Hockey Season? Last night the new-look Flyers played the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first preseason game of the 2011-2012 campaign. They netted four goals while Sergei Bobrovsky stymied the Leafs. Ain’t bad for the first time out on the ice since completely reinventing the team. [The 700 Level]

Governor Christie Mulls “Jersey Shore” Tax Credit. Last week, the Economic Development Authority of New Jersey ruled that a $420,000 tax credit for the production of the first season of the culturally vapid guilty pleasure hit television show Jersey Shore was in order. Now, Jersey’s Guv is pondering a veto of the ruling. [FOX 29]

West Philly Professor Wins $500,000 Grant. Jacob Soll—a 42-year-old political history professor at Rutgers-Camden—has been awarded the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award—earning himself a cool $500,000. [WHYY]

91-Year-Old Man Struck in Hit-And-Run Near CBP. Toward the end of yesterday’s second Phillies game, an elderly man was struck by a silver pickup truck near McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park. The driver sped off, and the victim is in stable condition. [FOX 29]