All the Snow?
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.
Remember how we didn’t get any snow all winter until this week? Well, it’s possible we’re about to get all the snow.
In fact, this weekend’s expected storm could be a real mess. “Snow, gusty winds and coastal flooding are all possible at this point,” says the National Weather Service at Mount Holly. AccuWeather says the whole East Coast, from D.C. to Boston, could get hit: “Unlike most storms so far this winter, this system will have enough cold air to produce snow and disruptions to daily activities in some areas of the East.” NBC’s Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz adds: “Plans don’t need to be changed just yet, but by now, the forecast should be something at least in the back of your mind that plans might need to change.” Might as well start bundling up anyway: It’s bitterly cold already.
The suspect in this weekend’s deadly homeless shelter shooting has turned himself in.
Philly Mag reports: The Philadelphia Police Department reports that John Brock, the suspect in Sunday’s shelter shooting, has turned himself in to homicide investigators. He’ll face charges of murder and attempted murder. Captain James Clark, Commanding Officer of the Homicide Unit, announced that 43-year-old Edward Barksdale was pronounced dead on the scene after being shot five times “throughout his body.” A second victim, 26-year-old Lamond Barham, suffered a single gunshot wound to the thigh as he attempted to run from the gunman. Both victims are employees of the shelter. Former mayor Wilson Goode is the director of SELF, Inc., which runs the shelter, and he pledged that security protocols will be reviewed in the aftermath of the shooting.
Officer Jesse Hartnett will need several more surgeries, and is still hospitalized.
NBC 10 reports the officer, who was shot in an ambush attack in West Philadelphia this month, has already undergone several surgeries to repair his arm, which took three bullets in the encounter. He is said to be doing well; it is unclear how long he’ll remain in the hospital.
Organizers of this summer’s Democratic National Convention already have 7,000 volunteers ready to help.
That’s out of 10,000 volunteers that organizers were hoping to have organized by the time the convention rolls around, NewsWorks reports. “And we can engage volunteers as young as 14, so this is also a fantastic opportunity for families to come out,” said Hannah Tran, volunteer coordinator for the local host committee. “High school students who are really interested in the political process can spend a portion of their summer helping us out.” To volunteer, go to this website.
The Sixers are losing better these days: It took the Knicks two overtimes to beat them Monday.
They’re not exactly a good team, but the Sixers are no longer the worst possible team. After the double-overtime win, 119-113, Knicks’ coach Derek Fisher offered a compliment: “Brett Brown, in my view, is the coach of the year already because of how he gets his guys to compete. To me, that is why the game was never really over.” Brown wasn’t consoled, though, noting that the Sixers fought back to tie the game after falling into a big hole: “We were down 18 and found a way to not only get back in it [but] really be in a position to win the game,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said, according to ESPN. “To not see that through is really disappointing.”