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Phillyist is a website about Philadelphia. MoreEditors: Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, Andrew JohnstonAssociate Editors: Ross Currie, Allison Krumm, Joe RossPublisher: Gothamist

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:00:00 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2011

Yo, Philly In the News


Local student gets to sit next to Michelle Obama, local community group wins a grant from the Dept. of Education and more in this morning's news! [ more › ]

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PHA evacuated; Doctor accused of killing one patient and eight babies at abortion clinic; monster HD television screen coming to Citizens Bank Park; and more in today's Extra, Extra. [ more › ]

Humane Society Launching "End Dogfighting" Campaign This Week


The statistics are grim: 2010 saw five times as many reported dogfighting cases as 2008. That's up to as many as 1,177 investigations last year. It's unclear whether dogfighting is on the rise or just something people are more comfortable reporting, but one thing is certain: dogs don't deserve it and the scum who do it need to go to jail. The Daily News tells us that the Humane Society of the United States will be at Hunting Park Recreation Center on Thursday to announce a campaign to stop the fighting. Let's hope they can take advantage of heightened awareness and get out the message. [ more › ]

Gas Main Explosion Rocks Tacony


At around 7:30 last night on Disston Street in the city's Tacony section, PGW crews and city firemen were working to repair a leaking gas main when something caused the pressurized gas to ignite, sending a tremendous fireball into the air. The body of a nineteen-year-old PGW worker was found after the fire was contained, and three other PGW workers as well as a firefighter were transported to the Temple University Hospital Burn Unit. Mayor Michael Nutter's opinion: "The street is all blown up." See the raw video below. [ more › ]

Atlantic City Crowns Another Queen


                      Another beauty queen was crowned at historic Boardwalk Hall Sunday night, as Atlantic City embraced the rebirth of pageantry for the second year in a row. Just so you know, when the birthplace of modern pageantry is handed over to drag queens not only do you get first-class entertainment, you also get the attention a charity fundraiser truly deserves. As a result, more than 1,200 spectators filled the seats of the Adrian Phillips Ballroom and watched as Miss Kitty Hiccups was crowned Miss'd America 2011. [ more › ] The rest of the show was also chock-full of fabulousness. Robert "Sandy Beach" Hitchen and his ridiculously talented cast of "Boardwalk Empresses" delivered one hell of a performance Sunday night and, long after Miss Hiccups had pinned the crown to her head (using bobby pins she had stashed in her cleavage), the audience continued to rave as they made way to their cars or post-party shuttle buses. Suzanne Westenhoeffer, who replaced Carson Kressley as this year's M.C., was absolutely fantastic and kept the audience laughing with her quick-witted commentary throughout the night, along with Sandy Beach and her ever-changing wardrobe. Erika Schiff and her dancers were also a crowd favorite. The audience especially loved Erika's second number, which featured a fully-clothed orgy and had the potential to make even the trampiest of guests feel slightly dirty. There's no doubt this mock beauty contest/charity fundraiser is destined for greatness. It appears that Cinderella has finally made her way to the ballroom and rumor has it that the televised castle may not be far behind. So, who's ready for HD drag? Because if any drag show deserves to be televised, it's this one. But if the show gets televised, will it lose its original luster and charitable nature? Has it already "sold out" with its Lazarus-style return, Boardwalk Hall upgrade, and newly found popularity? In other words, has it gone too far in the eyes of its original queens? Well, according to HRH Mortimer, who won the pageant in 1995, it hasn't. Her royal highness is so proud of what the show has become and even more so that its original mission still remains intact. In fact, she still remains part of the show to honor the friends she has lost to AIDS. "I am so happy that we have remained true to our roots, a benefit show and a good-natured spoof of the Miss America pageant. Year after year, every one of us takes the time out of our schedules to do the show, and not one of us has ever taken a dime to do it." Wow, your majesty, it's nice to know there are still caring people in the world. Phillyist applauds you and thinks what you are doing is the true definition of what it means to be beautiful and something all of us should try to emulate. We are so proud of the entire Miss'd America Organization and what it stands for. Keep up the good work. [...]

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Police arrest the Kensington strangler, a gun fight over cake and more in this morning's news. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! [ more › ]

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  • A fire in Delaware County killed ten pit bulls. The fire was contained within an external garage. Police are investigating whether there was an illegal breeding operation. [WPVI]
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  • Here's something we'd like to see Philly try: Darby Township has begun fining people who hold their shoveled-out parking spots with traffic cones, lawn furniture, kitty litter containers filled with cement, or whatever else they're using. [MyFoxPhilly]
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    Yo, Philly In the News


    Fire in West Philly under control, a stabbing in Northern Liberties and SNOW! all in this morning's news. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! [ more › ]

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  • Another fire claimed a charter school's building. This weekend, The Global Leadership Academy's West Philadelphia home was destroyed. There is a meeting tonight with officials from the school and parents. It is being held at the Bible Way Baptist Church at 52nd and Master Streets in West Philadelphia. [WPVI]
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    Appeal Tomorrow in Tour Guide Licensing First Amendment Case


    Last April we wrote briefly about a city ordinance requiring tour guides to take a test and obtain a license to ensure they were espousing accurate facts about the city and its history to tourists. It caused a lot of controversy—even drawing the attention of the Wall Street Journal. Why? Well, some tour guides felt that the law quieted their free speech rights. Tomorrow, at a courtroom in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit building in Old City, the two sides will argue the issue as put forth in Tait v. City of Philadelphia. [ more › ]

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  • A substitute teacher in Vineland, NJ has been arrested for sexually assaulting a student. Remarno Chambers has not only been charged with sexual assault but also providing drugs and alcohol to minors. [NBC Philadelphia ]
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    Asshole of the Week


    For the official Phillyist record, hunting knives don't belong in the Mellon Center concourse bathroom. People who might get confused on this subject go to prison. [ more › ]

    The News Is For The Birds


    Birds have been making headlines recently and we're not talking about the Eagles. The excitement began on December 30th when a hawk decided to give locals a lesson in survival of the fittest at 8th and Market st. Pausing occasionally for photos, the bird of prey turned one lucky person's SUV into its' own personal lunch table leaving behind blood soaked feathers and a pigeon head. [ more › ]

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  • A person was struck by an Amtrak train today in Bensalem. Trains are currently delayed up to 60 minutes going between Philadelphia and Trenton. The condition of the person hit is unknown. [NBC Philadelphia]
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