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The parents of the CHOP doctor murdered Wednesday in Center City have released a public statement. They are currently traveling from Thailand to Philadelphia to bury their daughter. Here it is, in full:The family and friends of Melissa Ketunuti are devastated by this senseless act of violence that has ended the life of someone who was so loved, cherished and admired.Melissa was a loving daughter and friend, a dedicated physician and a talented researcher. She was known by her residency and fellowship colleagues as a positive and compassionate presence. Her passion for medicine -- international medicine, in particular
Dave Bilyk Exterminators is in the midst of a catastrophically bad PR week, after one of its subcontractors, Jason Smith, confessed to murdering a woman in her Center City home. That said, the Newtown-based company has racked up some pretty impressive user reviews. Seven of eights Yelp users gave Bilyk "Five Stars," while 20 of 26 Angie's Listers awarded the pest man an "A." Two Angie's List reviews even recommended the services of "Jason," an employee Bilyk would occasionally dispatch in his stead.June 4, 2012Jason, the tech, arrived on time. He was very professional and very courteous to my pets.
MORE ON THE PHILLY POST ABOUT THIS CASE:Looks Like Exterminator Charged With Center City Murder Got Good Reviews on Angie’s ListHow Could Shocking Center City Murder Be Committed by a Monster So Ordinary? by Jonathan ValaniaA 36-year-old man is being questioned by Philadelphia Police regarding the horrifying death of Center City resident Melissa Ketunuti, a pediatrician whose body was found earlier this week in her home, tied up, strangled, and set on fire.The Inquirer reports the suspect "had not been charged as of Wednesday night, but sources said he was captured on surveillance footage near Ketunuti's house around the time
The slaying of Melissa Ketunuti—the Philadelphia pediatrician whose burning and bound body was found Monday in her Center City home—is drawing attention from national and international news sources, even while investigators try to track her killer.The Daily News reports:Police said the woman's face and upper body were so badly burned that she was unrecognizable, but neighbors identified her as Ketunuti, 35, a Stanford University graduate who, according to her blog, came to Philadelphia in 2008 to start a residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Property records for the house where the woman's body was found also listed Ketunuti as the
According to one mapmaker, Philly and New York are the two major U.S. cities that have incurred the fewest drunk driving incidents and fatal car crashes in the past decade. Why might that be? A few guesses: From South Philly to NoLibs, the city has an extremely dense (three mile radius) "Central Drinking District," as we'll call it. Also, though the city's public transportation is decent, there's more bike commuting here per-capita than anywhere else in the country. Finally, we're only the 19th-drunkest city in the country, so what'd you expect? (Philly's at the way bottom of the chart, in the hard-to-see light
You may have noticed, but American cities are currently in the midst of a population renaissance. As my generation continues to ditch its cars and suburban boulevards for fixies and city streets, the metropolitan lifestyle continues to become just a little more mainstream. In fact, the population of Greater Center City alone, the area bound by the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers and Tasker Street and Girard Avenue, has grown more than 10 percent in the past decade.
Mayor Nutter will get to pretend to be an Impossible Missions Force agent on Friday when he rappels 20 stories down the side of 1515 Market Street. The stunt is a fundraiser for Outward Bound Philadelphia—the local branch of a national nonprofit that teaches survival and outdoor skills. So, at 9:30 on Friday, if you look skyward, you'll get to see Philly's mayor doing his best Ethan Hunt impression. Seriously, if he doesn't have the Mission: Impossible theme song playing on his Zune while rappelling, it means we've got bigger problems that school budgets and tax reform. [Philadelphia Business Journal]
Did you spend four hours clicking a refresh button on your browser earlier this year to earn yourself the opportunity to pay $40 to run down Broad Street? Yeah, so did the rest of us. It was a frustrating morning filled with keyboard slams, grunts, and, eventually, triumphant exclamations echoing from Philly Mag offices as staffers successfully registered for the Broad Street Run. Luckily, that's a thing of the past now that the run has switched over to a lottery format. In 2013 there will be a two-week period in February when you can enter your name into the lottery
A new study from the Center City District indicates that there are more people are biking to work than there were two years ago. The study attributes this 10.5-percent increase to the addition of bike lanes and the growth of Philly's young adult population. It doesn't, however, take into account that SEPTA sucks, which probably plays a role in how some people *raises hand* decide how to commute.
Bonte on 17th Street is closed. We're aware of this because Philly Post contributor Joel Mathis was there when the manager came out to tell customers that rent was getting too high, so they were closing the 17th Street location as a "tactical retreat" to remaining locations. Mathis was literally sitting in Bonte when they decided to close. He said they were out of waffles, espresso and chocolate. [Foobooz]