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Royal Visit for Philadelphia

Beware drivers, as I have a feeling that traffic in the Philadelphia region is going to be mightly screwed up on January 27th, because Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall (the former Camilla Parker Bowles) will be visiting our city. It is a Saturday, so the impact won’t be as intense as it might have been had they been showing up on a weekday, but I’m sure that it will cause some closures and rerouting.

It is a cool visit though, because they’re coming in part to check out our city’s award-winning Mural Arts Program.

There’s a royal visit in Phila.’s future

Farewell to Ed Bradley


Philadelphia native, Cheyney University graduate and ’60 Minutes’ reporter Ed Bradley died today of leukemia at the age of 65. He started his career as a DJ at Philly’s WDAS and got his first taste of reporting when he covered the North Philadelphia riots in the late 1960’s. Over the course of his reporting career, Bradley won 19 Emmys and broke much ground for African-Americans in the field of television journalism.

He will be missed.

Ed Bradley of ’60 Minutes’ dead at 65 [Yahoo News]

News about Tut

I attended a press briefing this morning. The real news at the briefing, of course, was the official start of ticket sales for next year’s King Tut exhibit. Since a number of tickets have been set aside for some of the city’s most impoverished schools, the first set of tickets distributed today were given to the most adorable second graders, wearing King Tut T-shirts and headdresses.*

That was the real news.

The news for me?

I got to stand only a few feet away from newsanchor Matt O’Donnell.

ARRRR, I feel great! (from Matt)

(Sherri for a quick intro: handing the keyboard over once again to my Matt. He’s been out of town for two days, and he’s still being more active a Metroblogger than I am. Tells you something about how pathetically insane MY week has been, eh?)

Calling all pirates! Pat Croce will be signing his new book, Pirate Soul: A Swashbuckling Voyage Through the Golden Age of Pirates! at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes and Noble on October 29th, starting at 2 p.m.. My brother was once treated for a back injury at one of Pat’s sports medicine centers, so I’m a bit of fan.

On an unrelated note, I want to thank the cab driver who saw me huffing my way up Walnut with a laptop bag and suitcase yesterday. I was late for a train and two other cabs had already blown me off. The one that picked me up didn’t even wait for me to raise my hand. It isn’t every day you get that kind of initiative from a cab driver (or that kind of desperation in a commuter). Anyway, I made the train, and the driver got paid $5 for six blocks of driving.

Eating Crabs With John Chaney


In my first post I talked about the Pour House Tavern located at Ridge and Midvale Avenue and their “All You Can Eat Crab Night” on Wednesdays. I try to catch it at least once a month and last night I missed Top Model because I was feeding my face. So I’m sitting at the bar and two seats down was the legendary John Chaney sitting with his buddies taking advantage of the all you can eat special. He seemed to be enjoying his retirement from Temple’s basketball team (not to mention the crabs). Chaney had the whole bar laughing at his jokes and enjoying the presence of a coach who has seen many of his players go on to play in the NBA. Cool huh?

Philadelphia Freedom, Shine On Me

‘Cos I live and breathe this Philadelphia Freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag…

It was touching ceremony tonight at the US Open, as the US Tennis Association honored Billie Jean King by re-dedicating their facility to bear her name.

King (nee Moffitt) was born on the west coast, but Elton’s song speaks to time of local ties, when King served as coach for the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team.

And wouldn’tcha know it? The Freedoms are this year’s World Team Tennis Champions!

AND 1, Any one?

I know it’s only Monday but I am so excited about this weekend. The AND 1 mix tape tour will make its way to Philly on Saturday. I love basketball and I am even more in love with street ball. A summer classic, the And 1 Mix Tape Tour ends the summer in the city for Philly. So all you street ballers, gear up and bring your best game with you. The open run starts at 4pm. If you think you have the skills, come and play with the best street ballers around the country. Those who make it through the open run will represent the city in the game against the AND 1 Mix Tape Team. The game starts at 7:30, so I’ll see you there. I have my tickets but do you have yours?

No Ark Neccessary

So we all know that it’s been raining just a teeny-weeny bit. Well, this morning, in response to the weather conditions, my condo association sent out an email warning about the Schuylkill’s predicted crest and how it might be a good idea for all of us to get our cars out of the garage (it’s below-ground where many people have their basements) and onto higher ground.

Shortly after noon, a follow-up email arrived from one of my neighbors:

Hello everyone. This is Doug Kammerer from NBC 10 in case some of you do not know me. In looking at the latest data from the National Weather Service, the river is now NOT expected to flood our garage. The river level should crest at about 13ft, much lower than last nights 15.5′ prediction. In 1999 Hurricane (tropical storm here) Floyd brought the river to 14.1 ft. I Spoke with Jim [edit] last night and he said that the river did not come close to our garage with the flooding from Floyd. That puts me at ease with this current flood. I am not going to move my car unless I receive new information. This email is in no way intented to tell anyone what to do, I just wanted to give you all a heads up to the latest information. If new information comes out I will try to send out another email.

I have my own neighborhood weatherman!! Coolness!

I may even have to switch my allegience from WPVI to watching the 5’o’clock news on NBC10. providing I’m ever home in time to watch the 5’o’clock news….

Image credit: Wikipedia.

Spot the differences

Actor/Musician Will Smith, Dead At 37
Monday, June 26th, 2006 Posted: 4:42 PM EST (16:42 GMT)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AP) — Will Smith, the famous actor and musican, has died late Sunday night in his home town of Philadelphia.

Smith, 37, was killed in a car accident late in the evening. Smith was stuck by a taxi cab while speaking with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The cab was speeding and came onto the sidewalk, striking Smith and throwing him face first against the windshield. Smith was killed instantly.

One eyewitness who will remain nameless stated “The last thing he saw was the dice on the mirror”.

“This is a long sad day for us.” Wayne Phillips, Philadelphia chief of police, said.

Will Smith was the second of four children of Caroline and Willard Smith Sr. He grew up in middle class West Philadelphia and got the nickname ‘Prince’ because of the way he could charm his way out of trouble. Pursuing music, he met Jeff Townes at a party and they soon began performing together as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. After his music sales stated to slide Will began an acting career on the hit TV Show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will basically played himself; a street-smart West Philly kid transplanted to Beverly Hills. The series lasted 6 years. During that time, he ventured into movies where the critics took note of him. In 1996 he had a huge hit with the Blockbuster Independence Day where he played the alien-battling Marine Corps Captain Steven Hiller.

The accident was a hit and run and the perpetrator is still at large. According to eyewitnesses the license plate on the vehicle said “FRESH”.

Phillips said, “It’s a really sad moment for us.”

Pat Sajak is DEAD!

Around 12th and Spruce (mostly up 12th st. and down Spruce some) someone has fliered telephone poles with papers that read “Pat Sajak is Dead” or something to that effect. They then go into detail about how the Wheel of Fortune host died Monday from complications in a Gall Bladder surgery. My girlfriend and I were shocked and as we ate breakfast at the Reading Terminal, we began to ponder if he had really died. Searching Google, news sites, and revealed nothing about his death.

What kind of weirdo has this much time on his hands?

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