DUH: Masked Lout Steals Phillies World Series Rings, Leaves Behind His Name And Home Address

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[Photo by ELIZABETH ROBERTSON]

INQUIRER: After three World Series rings where stolen yesterday from a Phillies office, police arrested a mask-wearing fan who was kicked out of the game earlier for being rowdy. Matthew Mervine, 22, of Berlin Borough made detectives’ work easy, because, not only was he videotaped stealing the rings, he had just left his real name, address and phone numbers on a job application, police said. Apparently, Mervine, who wore a rubber skull mask to yesterday’s game against the Rockies, found his way to the Phillies offices after being kicked out of the game with other fans who were being too boisterous, police said. He’d been wearing a skull mask and calling himself “Rockie Killer.” MORE

ALSO: A Lancaster County man has been arrested and charged with sexually propositioning his estranged facebook-of-sex4.thumbnail.jpg13-year-old daughter on Facebook, officials said today. The 39-year-old man was one of five alleged Internet predators recently arrested, including an an EMT from Philadelphia who sent nude photos and pornography to what he believed were 13-year old girls, the State Attorney General Tom Corbett announced. The man, who lives in Lititz and had no contact with his daughter for 10 years, located her on Facebook and began sexually propositioning her, calling himself “Bad Daddy.” The man proposed meeting the girl for sex and explained sex acts in graphic detail, telling her, “not many other fathers and daughters are this brave, so not many of them are so lucky to experience all these pleasures.” MORE

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Bankruptcy Judge’s Ruling Makes Tierney Ownership Of Inky/DN Unlikely

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NEW YORK TIMES: A bankruptcy judge’s ruling has dealt a serious setback to the bid by Brian P. Tierney and his allies to keep control of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News, increasing the odds that a group of private equity funds and banks will become the papers’ new owners. The papers are likely to be put up for auction to resolve the bankruptcy, and in such an auction, the law generally allows senior creditors to bid the amount they are owed, without putting up cash. In this case, that means the banks and equity funds could make a “credit bid” of about $300 million. That is far more than the $66 million in cash and real estate bid by a group of local investors assembled by Mr. Tierney, the paper’s chief executive. No other bidder has emerged so far.  MORE

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BILLIE HOLIDAY: Strange Fruit

WIKIPEDIA:Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday. It condemned American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans that had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all regions of the United States. Holiday’s version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978.[2] It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. In December, 1999, Time magazine called it the song of the century.[10] MORE

KIMMEL: The song “Strange Fruit” is synonymous with Billie Holiday. Panamanian pianist Sonny White accompanied Billie on that record, her biggest hit. Fellow Panamanian Danilo Pérez and his trio will bring to life the energy and flavor of that album while Lizz Wright showcases her versatile and deeply expressive voice, Saturday night at the Kimmel.

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