North Korean Ruler Kim Jong Il Is Dead

Plus: The Birds keep their playoff hopes alive, an Ocean City staple will change in 2012, Charlie and the Waitress have a baby, and more of what the city is talking about today

Kim Jong Il Dead. Kim Jong Il—the head of state in North Korea since 1998—died of a heart attack. Korean Americans—including those in the Philadelphia region—aren’t exactly disappointed to hear the news. [Inquirer]

Eagles Beat Jets, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive. The Birds tuned up the Jets by a score of 45-19 yesterday. Shady ran for three scores to break the team’s all-time season touchdown mark that had stood since the ’40s. Jason Babin logged three sacks to surpass Jared Allen for most in the league this season. Oh, and the Giants lost, which means the Eagles can still win the NFC East with two more wins and a little help from the football gods. [The 700 Level]

Ocean City’s Mack and Manco’s Drops the Mack. Mack and Manco’s will become Manco and Manco’s in 2012. For a town that isn’t a big fan of change, altering the masthead of an Ocean City staple that’s been around for the better part of a century will be difficult for some to stomach. Luckily, though, the pizza will be the same. [Inquirer]

Charlie and the Waitress Have a Baby. Charlie Day and wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis—of It’s Always Sunny fame—welcomed their first baby on Thursday. Russell Wallace Day was born weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. [US Magazine]

Secret Santas in Bucks County Pay for Layaways. More than 10 people have gone into the K-Mart in Langhorne and payed off layaway bills for strangers this holiday season. The total charity amounts to approximately $3,000 and has made for some happy families. [6 ABC]

Incoming Council President Wants to Sell Ads on Buildings. Forget 7th and Callowhill, soon-to-be City Council President Darrell Clarke wants to sell ad space on City Hall. [CBS 3]