Joe Banner Out as Eagles President

Plus: Mayor Nutter defends President Obama with a blog post, the Phils lose their fifth straight, police search the home of Etan Patz's confessed killer, and more of what the city is talking about today.

Joe Banner Out as Eagles Prez. Joe Banner—president of the Eagles organization—has been replaced by chief operating officer Don Smolenski. Banner will stay with the team as a strategic adviser to his childhood friend, team owner Jeffrey Lurie. He’ll be able to pursue opportunities outside of the organization while in his new role. The team has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. today. [Inquirer]

Mayor Nutter Defends President Obama. Mayor Nutter recently penned (typed?) a piece for the Huffington Post in response to a Washington Post op-ed, “Still Waiting for Our First Black President.” The op-ed—written by a professor—criticizes President Obama’s commitment to helping the African American community. [Huffington Post]

Phils Loss Makes Five Straight. Last night, Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies lost to the Dodgers 6-5. It was the fifth straight loss for the Phils. After the game, Freddy Galvis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. Hamels is on the mound tonight for the series finale. [Phillies]

Police Search Home of Confessed Patz Killer. Police searched the Maple Shade home of Pedro Hernandez. They took a desktop computer and other evidence as they try to strengthen their case against the suspected killer of Etan Patz. [6 ABC]

Off-Duty Cop Shot While Breaking Up Bar Fight. An off-duty police officer tried to break up a fight between a man with a gun and a bouncer outside a Crescentville bar last night. Thirteen shots were fired during the scuffle and the officer was shot in the foot. Both men fighting took off when the officer was shot. A woman was also grazed with one of the shots. [CBS 3]

School District Set to Send Pink Slips. The Philadelphia School District is set to send out layoff notices to 260 employees. Tomorrow there are 97 supportive service assistants, 85 parent ombudsmen/student advisers, 39 counselors, 22 non-teaching assistants, nine school operations officers, six secretaries and four teachers who will receive a pink slip. [Inquirer]