ACCIDENTAL TOURISM: Bring Us Your Fannypacked, Your White-Socked And Your Birkenstocked


USA TODAY: Tourism officials say Philadelphia was visited by more than 550,000 international visitors in 2007. That’s a 27% increase from the year before — and an all-time record for the city. A report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau attributes the rise in part to the declining dollar, which makes the U.S. a bargain for European travelers. The nonprofit corporation says the momentum is continuing this year. There are efforts to attract more international visitors and to encourage local companies to hold conventions close to home. MORE

KILLADELPHIA: Two More Dead Since You Went To Bed

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: Police this morning identified two men who were killed last night in separate Philadelphia shootings that occurred minutes apart. Robert Battle, 30, was reported shot in the head and right hand at 7:15 p.m. while he was sitting in a blue Buick in the 1300 block of Green Street, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets, police said.

skeleton_running.gifBattle, who lived in the 3800 block of Sydenham Street in Hunting Park, was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital and pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. Korey Anderson, 29, was shot in the head and chest at 7:24 p.m. in the 2000 block of West Boston Street in North Philadelphia, police said. Anderson, of the 2400 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at 7:49 p.m. MORE

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