Damn Its Cold

February 11, 2008


Remind me not to visit Minnesota any time soon.

The temperature in International Falls, Minnesota, fell to a record 40 below zero Monday, just a few days after the northern Minnesota town won a federal trademark making it officially the “Icebox of the Nation.”

Not that Philly wasn’t at least a little chilly today.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had a “Code Blue” alert in effect, sending outreach crews to coax homeless people into shelters. Monday’s low was 10 above zero.


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Backstabbing isn’t just for friends

January 31, 2008

Here is a story straight from the streets of my school.  A guy walks down the street (the street is Broad Street), feels a punch to the back, figures ‘damn that hurt, whatever’ and keeps walking.  The man continues down the street until someone informs him he has a knife in his back.  He goes to the hospital, he will be fine.  I think this story is a perfect summary of the area I go to school in.  First off, a stranger might just stab you for no reason, you could get punched in the back and know it is not worth reporting, another stranger wouldn’t hesitate to get up in your business about the knife, and Temple hospital still wouldn’t be shocked when you came in.  It also says something about the students in the area, an article about the event has been the biggest e-mailed story through campus all week.  Read Article Here. Here is a quote from the article.

Here’s something you’d hear only on the hardscrabble streets of Philadelphia:

“Dude, you got a knife in your back.”

That’s what a passer-by yelled to a Philadelphia man after a bizarre incident as he was walking along Broad Street in North Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

After receiving what he thought was a punch to the back from a stranger, the victim told police that the passer-by pointed to his back and yelled about the knife.



New Law School Rankings

January 13, 2008

Breaking News: According to a new law school ranking system, Temple University Beasley School of Law just surpassed University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.

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(source: a survey of Nicole and Christina and careful examination of the selectivity of the admissions process)

So my friend, lets call him “Alex”, got into law school. Super early and with a scholarship, so basically they really really want him. They get a ton of applications (Admission for the Fall 2007 entering class was highly competitive, with 4,856 applicants for an entering class of 314.)

It is a double edged sword though. I am happy for him achieving his goal, and of course getting into such a fantastic school (I also go to Temple). But at the same time it is the end of his soul and now the endless slew of lawyer jokes begin. Unfortunately I don’t know any good lawyer jokes so here are a few cheesy ones from the internet.

Q. What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
A. A good start!

Q. How can you tell when a lawyer is lying?
A. His lips are moving.

Q. Why won’t sharks attack lawyers?
A. Professional courtesy.

Q. Why is it that many lawyers have broken noses?
A. From chasing parked ambulances.

Q. What’s the difference between a lawyer and a vampire?
A. A vampire only sucks blood at night.


Cop Killer Captured

November 6, 2007

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The scum bag who shot Officer Cassidy was captured this morning.  It sucks for him, the justice system doesn’t look so kindly on cop killers.

Philadelphia Police early this morning have apprehended suspect John Lewis in the slaying of Officer Chuck Cassidy.

Lewis was taken into custody without incident at a homeless shelter in Miami at 7 a.m., according to media reports.

Full Article

He should have turned himself in.  How does a poor desperate criminal from North Philly who’s relatives even turned on him, expect to successfully flee.  Philadelphia police turned up the intensity on the manhunt and there was never a doubt they would find him.  If only the same energy and resources could be used on all the murders in Philadelphia.  Or better yet the murders and the hit and runs the city is rapidly becoming famous for.

I know criminals are not very intelligent in general but let me point out some major flaws in this boy’s logic.

First, he robbed the same Dunkin Donuts recently.  He was video taped robbing it and the video aired on tv, so there is not doubt he knew they had cameras.  He was easy to identify because he worked at two other Dunkin Donuts, was caught on video twice, is kinda goofy looking, didn’t wear a mask, and has very distinct tattoos on his hands (that reveal where he lives/ is from).

Next, who shoots a cop????  He had the gun, the cop was just getting some coffee he wasn’t there to stop the robbery.  He could have told him to get on the ground or do whatever he wanted, instead of shooting him from 5 feet away.  Additionally shooting someone in the head is pretty much assured to kill the person.  So now we have jumped from robbery to homicide.

The community really rallied together over this.  Lots of information and witnesses came forward which is out of character for Philadelphia.

There an informal memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and tributes continued to pile up outside the doughnut shop at 6620 N. Broad St.  The Dunkin’ Donuts owner mounted a plaque at the memorial, noting that the shop would remain closed until after Cassidy’s funeral Wednesday out of respect to the officer who regularly stopped in at the shop as part of his security rounds.


More Crazy Ass Kids

October 11, 2007


Another story of a bat shit crazy kid, but what is most striking this time is the parents. Fortunately the boy was unable to ever actually execute his plans, but the thought of a 14 year old filled with that much hate is still chilling. The boy had a virtual arsenal in his house, including working homemade grenades. Thankfully, another student tipped off the police after the boy tried to recruit him. (Note: I think there should be some praise/reward placed on the kid who turned him in, to encourage people across the country to notify authorities when people make these sorts of threats/plans even if they don’t seem likely to follow through with the plans) In this case it is hard to believe the typical parent lines of “I had no idea” or “he was always such a good boy”. They purchased at least one, if not more, of the guns for him. Additionally police believe they may have purchased the powder necessary to make grenades. WTF??

My parents look at me like I am crazy if I want them to buy me a video game or a CD with violent talk in it. If I asked for a gun (even though I am legally old enough to own one) I am pretty sure they would seek immediate help. I don’t hunt and I don’t target shoot, so do you know what I don’t need? A gun, let alone several. Oh wait no one needs a gun. If you don’t have enough judgment as a parent to buy your, chronically angry, cruelly teased 14 year old a gun, I hope he shoots you first.

(CNN) — Police have taken into custody a 14-year-old boy who is suspected of planning a “Columbine” type event at a Pennsylvania high school, a police spokesman said. Police in Plymouth Township near Philadelphia took the boy into custody after a search of his home turned up a number of weapons, including a 9 mm rifle with a laser scope and dozens of air guns, said Deputy Chief Joe Lawrence. Police also found an operational hand grenade, three other hand grenades in the process of construction, bomb-making equipment, manuals and 30 powered weapons that fire BBs. In addition to the weapons, authorities found a hand-painted Nazi flag and a video about the Columbine shootings, District Attorney Bruce Castor said.

The boy’s mother bought the rifle for him several weeks ago at a gun show, police said. Lawrence said police are also investigating whether the boy’s mother bought him black powder used in the grenades.

The 14-year-old is expected to appear in juvenile court Friday to face charges that could include making terroristic threats, criminal solicitation, weapons possession, and possession and manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction, police said. The boy’s mother and father may face criminal charges pending an investigation, police said.

Police acted on a tip they received at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday from a Plymouth Whitemarsh High School student and his father, school officials said. The 14-year-old was taken into custody at his home about 10 p.m. “The boy who gave the tip was one who was trying to be recruited,” Castor added. “He was a friend of the boy in the loosest terms.”


America’s Favorite (and Least Favorite) Cities

October 10, 2007

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Travel and Leisure conducted a poll of travelers and residents of the things they like and dislike about 25 major urban destinations.  The results are interesting, check them out: Results.  Philly did well in some very predictable categories, such as, cheap eats, historical sites, good pizza, museums, antiques and farmer’s markets.  Philly did awful in things like style, vacation spot for adventures, cleanliness, and safety.  Why isn’t there a category for murals?  Here are a few categories.

Museum and galleries (I think the list would be different if Pittsburgh was one of the cities evaluated)

1. Washington

2. New York

3. Chicago, Illinois

Home design (I don’t really know what houses look like in charleston, but they must be pretty nice)

1. Chicago

2. Charleston, South Carolina

3. San Francisco, California

Intelligent (I was surprised Chicago, which thinks so highly of itself was notably absent in the top 3)

1. Seattle

2. Minneapolis/St. Paul

3. Boston

Farmers’ markets (Philly’s Italian market alone should have made it number 1 )

1. Seattle

2. Portland, Oregon

3. Philadelphia


Bad Start for the Phillies

October 3, 2007

I put off pharmaceutics for watching the Phillies game with my dad, big mistake. The boys lost 2 to 4. Utley and Howard were incredibly disappointing; out of 8 at bats they racked up 7 strikeouts. After an early Colorado lead of 3 runs, the game seemed already decided. But in the 5th inning they came back and the score was 2-3. There were several times where they seemed set up to at least tie up the game, but in the 8th Colorado solidified their lead with another home run. Its not just that they lose, it is that they get you excited. I didn’t expect them to win today (how could I after going to a game earlier this season and watching them get crushed by Colorado 12 to nothing), but then as they seemed to be coming back you just get into it.

They could still come back in this best of 5 series. The upside is that Utley and Howard played so poorly that they could only be better in the rest of the series. The downside is Colorado beat them with their premier pitcher, Hamels, starting.

No one in Philly do anything stupid tonight.