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They're baaaack! Yesterday at 3:50 p.m., "100 to 200 young people were seen running near 15th and Chestnut Streets," as an enormous fight either spontaneously broke out, or was planned from the start. "At some point, bottles were thrown at police," a police officer noted. No need for Mayor Nutter to condemn the flash mob. We've got this video after all.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXwCOcBjpbgUpdate [3:50 p.m.]: Of the 14, 10 were young adults and four were juveniles. 11 were boys and three were girls. The kids' parents claim this was no flash mob, but "a sudden fight involving some girls," and that the suspects
With the heat index expected to reach 108 degrees (?!) this week, we're relieved to say that Mayor Nutter officially opened the city's pools on Tuesday. He was at the Awbury Recreation Center in Northwest Philly—one of nine pools officially open—yesterday afternoon to make the announcement. The other 60 city pools will open some time in the next two weeks. The pools come with a slew of other programs and rec centers that will be available as a part of the
Pretty Please Don't Start With the Flash Mobs "Fun Safe Philly Summer" campaign. [Newsworks]
So, Mayor Nutter has a new Philadelphia Fun Safe Summer PSA out. He says that the city is offering more than 15,000 different ways to keep young people busy as, "the days get warmer and fun will be heating up all over Philadelphia." They can go to the pool, read books, play sports or twiddle their thumbs. They should have just titled the PSA, "Please, Please Don't Flash Mob (Seriously, Please Don't—It's Totally Uncool)."
Brian Goldman is a senior at Penn. Over the weekend, he was taking a cab to meet some friends when he was punched in the face through the cab's open window. The taxi was stopped at a red light at 15th and Chestnut. Goldman and the cabbie got out of the car and both were attacked by a group of teenagers. Goldman ran and the cabbie hopped back in his car and sped off. Multiple teens were arrested. Brian Goldman has written about the experience for the Daily Pennsylvanian in his Monday column, the Gold Standard. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
Brown targets Nutter on flash mobs, taxes
Mayor Nutter will be easily re-elected next month. That was determined early this year, when serious potential challengers like Bill Green, Anthony Williams, Tom Knox and even John Street took a pass. It's easy to understand why they chose to sit it out. Given the huge advantage of incumbency, Nutter was a heavy favorite to win regardless of who challenged him.Still, given the blows that GOP token mayoral nominee Karen Brown managed to land during last night's Fox 29 debate (which will be aired Friday night), you have to wonder if the trigger-shy heavies regret their decisions to let Nutter coast into a second term.
Extra patrols added
Recreational centers in Philadelphia haven't exactly been the "safe havens" Mayor Nutter trumped them up to be while handling the flash mob fiasco a few weeks ago. Since that speech, there have been two shootings at city rec centers that have sent seven people to area hospitals with gun shot wounds. As the city attempts to move past the summer of the flash mobs, police will now be seen doing some extra patrolling around the rec centers—in addition to the already heightened presence in Center City. [CBS 3]
Dances to Katy Perry
Villanova basketball's head coach Jay Wright is known for a lot of things. He's known for being well dressed. He's known for recruiting top-notch talent and for the Wildcats' dismal performance down the stretch last year (19-52 from the field in the first round? Really?). But here he is performing a choreographed dance to a Katy Perry song. The Scoop thinks this probably won't help his image much, but can't be worse than getting stomped out by a Chinese player during international play, right? [Deadspin]
Rest of Philly might see change
Since the curfew went into effect for minors in Center City and University City, those sections of Philadelphia have seen a reduction in crime—specifically flash-mob related incidents. Now, city officials are pondering whether to extend the reach of the early curfew to kids in other parts of the city. [Philly.com]
Why the weekend's strategy won't work
More cops. More arrests. More punishment. Following the brutal flash mob assaults of the last few months, that's what the public demanded and that's what the city provided. But that's just like repeatedly getting a bigger mop to soak up the floods that gush through the gaping hole in the roof. It's a much better idea to stop spending time and money on a mop and start figuring out what caused the hole and then immediately replace the roof.
Two of six assailants in custody
A few weeks ago, a 36-year-old man was walking on Fourth Street between Walnut and Locust Streets in Old City when six teenagers randomly attacked him. Security cameras caught the mid-day attack on tape, and the police issued arrest warrants for three of the kids. Two of the teens surrendered to police this morning, and the third informed them he plans to do so this afternoon. [Inquirer]