|pic from bleacherreport.com|
"I'd be shocked if John Stevens is the coach by the end of the season."
Now, I like Bucci. He knows a lot of things about things. But I was like, no way, dude you been listening to too many Guster songs (which is to say: any Guster songs). Then I saw the comments his column inspired and holy crap. A lot of people think Stevens sucks. Like Flyersfan 1981, who says:
"I really hope Bucci is right about Stevens...I've been praying for his firing for about 2 seasons now...time for a coach in Philly, not a babysitter!!"
Praying? I was and am shocked, so I wrote to Buccigross and asked him to elaborate. He replied with two simple words, as I told my brother ...
|photo from thespec.com|
|Dan Carcillo was not implicated in the incident.|
I don't have any bloggity quips for this. It's just bizarre and it bummed me out. According to the Daily News's Stephanie Farr, some Flyers fans got into a knife fight in the Northeast.
In the bizarre incident, two Flyers fans who took a bus trip to see their team play in New Jersey were critically stabbed by other Flyers fans who were awaiting the bus' return at a bowling alley in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.
During the course of the argument, the cop's 28-year-old brother was stabbed once in the chest and once in the back by a man in a Flyers' jersey, Northeast Detectives said.
Another occupant of the bus, a 26-year-old man, was stabbed once in the back by a different assailant who also wore a Flyers jersey, this one with ripped sleeves, police said.
On the upside, the Flyers has look pretty amazing in their first two games. Ray Emery blanked the Canes on Friday, and a crazy, cannonballing offense destroyed Marty Brodeur and the Devils on Saturday. Thi Pronger guy's pretty good, eh?
This week, CP got a call from a Northern Liberties resident with an unusual story. He, and about 50 other NoLibs residents, had attended a police town hall meeting on September 8. On his way out, he happened to pick up some literature that had been placed on a table by the door â in particular, three pamphlets entitled, "The Truth about Marijuana," "The Truth About Pain Killers," and "The Truth About Drugs."
The pamphlets, he says, seemed ordinary enough at first. It wasn't until he reached the end that he noticed the following tidbit:
"The first step is to understand why a person becomes trapped by drugs. In May 1969, when the international drug crisis was reaching its peak, author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard wrote: 'When a person is depressed or in pain and where he finds no physical relief from treatment, he will eventually discover for himself that drugs remove his symptoms. . ."
And for the person with a drug problem, there are also real solutions to addiction. Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program that utilizes the methods of L. Ron Hubbard, has a sucess rate of more than 75% . . .
The pamphlet, produced by a group called the Foundation for Drug-Free World (based in L.A.), it seems, was a piece of Scientologist literature.
Narconon, the group mentioned â and which has a name strikingly similar to Nar-anon, the mainstream Narcotics Anonymous organization â is, in fact, a Scientology-based drug rehab program that has caused plenty of controversey over the years.
So how did this pamphlet wind up at a police-sponsored meeting?
To find out, I called the 26th District Police headquarters and got Crime Prevention Officer Megan Fabrizio, who had attended the meeting and had herself helped arrange the materials on the table.
Officer Fabrizio said she didn't know what I was talking about, but offered to dig up the box into which they had dumped everything on the table after the meeting.
To her surprise, she found the Scientology pamphlets buried in the pile.
"I don't where they came from," said Fabrizio. "They're not mine. This is something I've never ever seen."
Anybody, Officer Fabrizio pointed out, could have left them on that table.
And so the pamphlets' origin remains a mystery.
"If animals could talk, a few cows in Burlington County might ask state legislators to hurry up and outlaw bestiality."
Is that the lede of the decade or what?
The rest of the Daily News article about the guy COP who tried to get blow jobs from baby cows is disturbing. It's hard to believe the guy got off. Sorry. But yeah, the animal-cruelty charges were dropped.
During a bizarre hearing there yesterday, a Superior Court judge dismissed animal-cruelty charges against a Moorestown police officer accused of sticking his penis into the mouths of five calves in rural Southampton in 2006, claiming a grand jury couldn't infer whether the cows had been "tormented" or "puzzled" by the situation or even irritated that they'd been duped out of a meal.
"If the cow had the cognitive ability to form thought and speak, would it say, 'Where's the milk? I'm not getting any milk,' " Judge James J. Morley asked.
Read the whole messed-up thing here.
Residents living in the neighborhood surrounding Manayunkâs Dobson James School are welcoming some temporary neighbors. Early this week, flocks of chimney swift birds started roosting in the chimney of the elementary school, as well as other chimneys in the area.
Rich McIlhenny, a local realtor, took his children to Manayunk to see the chimney swifts at the school Thursday evening. McIlhenny, who filmed the birds, said that they appeared around 7 in the evening in great numbers, all swarming around the top of Dobson James School until they dove head-first into the chimney.
"It was like something out of a science fiction movie,â he said. "My kids were screaming because they looked look bats, so I explained to them that they were birds getting ready to roost.â
Another Philadelphian, Steve Hebden, saw the spectacle Friday night with his daughter. He described the birds diving into the chimney as a "steady stream that just goes on and on.â
"It took 20 minutes for them to dive in the chimney,â Hebden said. "They shot right down and folded their wings in a way that made it look like they were collapsing.â
McIlhenny heard about this occurrence from a guest speaker at the Friends of Wissahickon, a non-profit nature-interest organization in Philadelphia. He said the chimney swifts fly south to Peru each year, making Philadelphia a regular en-route pit stop.
Chimney swifts were once known as American swifts because they nested and roosted in hollow trees. As early American pioneers deforested their homes, the birds were forced to adapt by roosting in chimneys.
In addition to building nests and roosting in chimneys, swifts sometimes seek refuge in stone wells and abandoned buildings.
When the flock comes here in Philadelphia, they typically make their rest stop at other schools in the are besides Manayunk: the John Story Jenks School in the Chestnut Hill area of the city and the Shawmount School, said Director of Environmental Education at Fairmount Park, Debbie Carr.
"Theyâre only roosting at the Dobson School this year and weâre not sure why,â said Carr. "Itâs possible that they could be down in their numbers.â
Carr said that if the chimney swift population is experiencing a decline in numbers, it could be attributed to a variety of factors, such as trouble rearing, some birds not making back during the migration back north or not enough sustenance, insects, in our region.
|Photo | Brian Howard's Android|
|The code remains unbroken.|
Spent the weekend out and about, catching the penultimate performance of Chunky Move's Mortal Engine and the finale of A.W.A.R.D. Show. In the process, new clues were collected in this bizarre game of street code. To Pole, Spin, Was and Local we add Tame, Guess, Cancel, Monetize and Drum.
So far sightings have occurred on Second Street, Broad Street, Walnut Street and 20th Street. Does anyone out there in the Clogosphere have access to some kind of text analysis software or service? Typing all these words into Google produces no usable results.
I suppose the big question is this: Is there a route you could take that would make these words make sense?
|Photos | Brian Howard's Android
The mystery of the words on the street deepens:
spin, in the western crosswalk at Broad and Walnut
pole, in the western crosswalk at Sixth and Chestnut
What could this mean? Theories being accepted.
Is anyone else seeing these reflector-tape words on city streets? I've seen a few already, but have been in transit and thus unable to snap them. This "was" is outside our office at Second and Chestnut.
Is there a route that forms, say, a sentence? And are these in any way tied to the reflector-tape Stickman outbreak of 2007?
|Photo | Brian Howard's android|
|this is where was was.|
Send me your photos (bhoward [at] citypaper [dot] net), or post links, and we'll try to solve this puzzle.
This would be funny if it weren't the saddest, most frustrating, most infuriating thing I've ever seen. A reporter wanders the grounds of the 9/12 Tea Party protests in Washington D.C. and mostly lets these outraged citizens hang on their own words.
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