Garden Commemorates Philadelphia Visit Of Pope Francis, World Meeting Of Families

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has erected a garden and series of plaques to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families conference two years ago.

The memorial garden and plaques are positioned just off Race Street, near 18th Street, next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Parkway.

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A memorial garden and plaques recognizing benefactors and volunteers for the September 2015 visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families has been erected near 18th and Race Streets outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Archdiocesan spokesman Ken Gavin says the garden and plaques recognize the financial and volunteer contributions of thousands who stepped up to make September 2015 a historic time for the archdiocese and the city…

“In order to stage the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit required a lot of effort on the part of a lot of folks. And, there was a two-year lead-up period to that, that was very intense. So this is here to thank those individuals as well because really they are the ones who made it possible for Philadelphia to shine on the world stage for that week in September.”

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WWE’s Kane Running For Mayor: ‘It’s A Good Decision’

By Chuck Carroll

Glenn Jacobs is used to playing in front of packed houses at sold-out arenas, but his latest arena is unlike any he’s been in before. And this certainly isn’t a game. As “Kane,” he became a giant in the world of professional wrestling, having twice captured World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest prize during a career that spans a quarter-century. Jacobs says his longevity enabled him to become a locker room leader. Now, that same leadership, coupled with a genuine passion for his community, pushes him to pile drive the political world.

Given the state of politics on the national stage, there are obvious parallels between the showdowns between the White House and Capitol Hill and the clashes on Monday Night RAW. Perhaps on a local level, where Jacobs is competing, politics are less cut-throat. Sometimes. That’s where Jacobs wants to be, and it’s also where he feels he can do the most good.

Jacobs, who amassed an enormous following as the demonic and over-powering monster Kane, hasn’t wrestled in more than nine months, according to the Internet Wrestling Database. He’s been too busy campaigning to become the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee to go on the road with his WWE brethren.

While Jacobs’ celebrity status may help his campaign efforts, he’s not relying on his time in WWE to curry favor in the election. Instead, he’s hoping voters will see past the supernatural abilities he displayed in the ring and to the man behind the mask.

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He’s not the first grappler to attempt the shift, but he is the highest profile since Jesse “The Body” Ventura was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998. Jacobs is hoping to achieve the same success. There are other connections, of course. Current U.S. president, Donald Trump, is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, while the matriarch of the world’s premier wrestling company, Linda McMahon, heads the Small Business Administration.

Still, critics will undoubtedly ask: “what does a phony professional wrestler know about politics?” The answer is far more most realize. During our 30-minute conversation, Jacobs dove into the intricacies of fiscal conservatism and workforce development while calling on more students to enroll in trade schools to help drive the Knox County’s economic engine.

The primary election isn’t until next May, and the general election is another three months after that. All of that amounts to more time away from the ring for the man known as the Big Red Machine. So, wrestling fans may wonder whether we’ve already seen the last of Kane. Did he quietly slide into retirement like his storyline brother The Undertaker? Like the results of the election, time will tell.

What about your time in WWE has prepared for you for politics?

A lot of it is what I’ve seen outside the ring with my travels around the world. Also, I’ve been in WWE for 22 years and reached a point in my career where, within the locker room, I’m one of the people that guys come to if something needs to be discussed. I’m also one of the people that the WWE executives, if there is a problem in the locker room, I’m one people that is consulted about that. They ask is there is anything that can be done and what do I think should be done about it. I also have a little bit of input into certain areas of our business, because they respect my opinion. As far as people say, “oh that stuff in the ring,” … that’s the fun stuff. I always tell people that’s separate. It’s actually my involvement in WWE that I’ve found hopefully will help me out in the political realm.

You were known for being somewhat political active while in the WWE but haven’t run for office until now. What made you think the time was right?

I’m 50 years old. There’s a bit of a time constraint maybe. It’s just that time in my life and for my family as well that it’s a good decision for me to pursue this.

Why run on the local level and not something on the state or federal levels?

Local government has as much impact, if not more in many cases, than the federal government does. The thing about being mayor is that it’s actually a position where you can probably do the most and also be the most connected with your constituents. You’re not representing an area that’s so big that you can’t talk with people. Also, hopefully you can get things done, whereas at the federal level, as a member of Congress, you have one vote out of 435, and in the Senate it’s one out of 100. So, the ability to get some stuff done exists as a much larger opportunity at a local level than in the federal government.

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We hear all the time about a lack of bipartisanship being a real roadblock in Washington. Is that as much of an issue on the local level as you see it?

It’s not really, because elected officials are more responsive at the local level. … You do see a lot of the partisanship dissipate, and folks will cross party lines to work together on a lot of these issues. You may argue about how much money you’re going to spend or what projects should be undertaken. Nevertheless, you don’t have those huge wedge issues that you see on a federal level.

Do you think your celebrity and time in the WWE will help bolster turnout in the election?

That’s what we’re hoping. I think what happens sometimes with municipal elections is that people don’t even know they’re going on. With my entry into the race, it does make it, I don’t want to say more newsworthy, but it makes it more unique than it otherwise would have been. More novel in some ways. That’s one of the things we’re hoping for is that more people will show up because I’m in the race.

Let’s look ahead. What is your platform? What is that you plan to do if elected to office?

Of course I want to keep taxes low. The current administration in Knox County has done a good job fiscally. They really have. The current budget is really lean and mean. But anytime you have a large budget, and the budget of Knox County is about 800 million dollars, there are still places you can identify waste and inefficiencies and address those. Also, when you look at the educational system, I think this is something that is now coming to the forefront nationally, we need more skills people. The Current Technical Education programs need to be revitalized. Lastly, I believe transparency in government is imperative. People have to know what’s going on because they’re the ones paying the bills. The people are the boss.

I want to ask you kind of a fun question. You are a big guy. When you’re going door to door trying to drum up support does anyone ever open up the door and go “holy cow, who is that guy?!”

(laughs) Yeah, I’ve had a couple people kind of step back! I’ve also had some people recognize me which is always fun. It’s pretty exciting for both parties when that happens. I don’t think I’ve scared anyone yet!

I’m assuming you’re not going in your mask then.

No. (laughs)

You’re not the only one with WWE ties that’s getting into politics. Have you spoken at all to Linda McMahon whose now head of the Small Business Administration?

Sure. Not about this, per se. She has a federal department to run. I know Linda, and we’ve spoken about things in the past, but never really about politics actually.

You’re a busy guy with the campaign and the family. Do you have time to keep up with what’s going on with WWE?

Oh yeah, I still watch.

Would you say every Monday or how often do you watch?

I catch a little most Mondays. I’m really happy to see Braun Strowman. People ask me who reminds me of me, and it’s probably him. So, I’m really happy to see him doing so well. I think WWE is in very good hands with — they’re not even the younger generation anymore — but with the people that are there now carrying the flag for them.

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Do you keep in touch with some of the boys in the locker room?

Oh yeah. Goldust is a very good friend of mine and I talk with some of the guys every once in a while.

Are you retired from the ring at this point or is that dependent on the outcome of the election?

We have a saying in the WWE: never say never. So, I can’t answer that question. (laughs)

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2 Local Contestants Win Big On ‘Price Is Right’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two local contestants on the Price Is Right on CBS are celebrating with their family and friends after their big wins.

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West Chester University student Chad Cohen from Newtown Square and Lori Davis from Philadelphia were both lucky enough to make it to the final showcase.

And though Chad walked away the big winner, Lori pocketed $1,000 by spinning the wheel.

Lori says she is still feeling like a winner.

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She says she plans on celebrating all day, she’s hosting her own “Price is Right” game with giveaway prizes for her daycare center staff.

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O.J. Simpson Could Be Released On Parole As Soon As Monday

LAS VEGAS (AP)O.J. Simpson could be released on parole as soon as Monday in Las Vegas under a plan being finalized by Nevada officials, a prison spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The process culminating in freedom for the former football player, actor and TV pitchman is in motion, but must be approved and documents must be signed, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Meanwhile, the 70-year-old Simpson remains at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada awaiting transfer to High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas, where he would be freed, Keast said.

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Simpson’s release is expected after nine years behind bars for his 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping convictions following a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

He was sentenced to up to 33 years, but won parole in July due to good behavior and other credits earned in custody.

A state parole board set Sunday, Oct. 1, as the date Simpson becomes eligible for parole. Once released, he will be supervised by the state Division of Parole and Probation until Sept. 29, 2022.

His release could come on the first business day after Oct. 1 because state probation officials don’t handle releases on weekends, said Keast, who said she intends to provide video to the public of the release.

“We’ve been trying to keep things as normal as possible,” she said.

High Desert State Prison is located in Indian Springs, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It is the main processing center for inmates from southern Nevada.

A close Simpson friend, Tom Scotto, said Simpson is scheduled to be released “shortly after” Oct. 1. Scotto cast doubt on the Monday release date, saying officials were keeping plans secret.

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Scotto has offered to have Simpson live with him in Naples, Florida. Such a move would require an agreement between parole departments in Nevada and Florida.

Florida has not received any transfer paperwork from Nevada, said Ashley Cook, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Nevada Parole and Probation Capt. Shawn Arruti, who is involved in Simpson’s release, declined to comment.

Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s lawyer in Las Vegas, didn’t respond to questions about a release plan.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder charges in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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He was found liable for the killings in civil court two years later and ordered to pay the victims’ families $33.5 million.

David Cook, attorney for the Goldman family, said Wednesday the judgment amount has nearly doubled with interest over the years to more than $65 million. He said the family will continue to seek payment.

(Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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County Route 552 Closed In Both Directions After Tractor-Trailer Wreck In Hamilton Township

ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — Officials say County Route 552 is closed in both directions between Route 40 and Pittsburgh Avenue following a tractor-trailer crash.

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The accident happened at 11:55 a.m. on Bears Head Road in Hamilton Township.

Emergency crews are currently on the scene.

There are no reported injuries.

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Philadelphia Fire Department Awarded $2.6 Million Grant

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– The Philadelphia Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant to better train firefighters on how to get themselves out of deadly situations.

This grant was awarded after deficiencies were found in the Fire Department’s training, specifically resulting from the death of Lt. Joyce Craig in a 2014 fire.

Commissioner Adam Thiel says the money will go toward special equipment and training time.

“For getting people out of tight spaces, getting down from heights, and really, how do firefighters self-rescue and how do we take care of our own,” said Thiel.

Each firefighter will be equipped with a bail out rope and harness system.

“This really is about practice, and practice makes perfect,” said Thiel.

FEMA is providing the cash for this initiative, and Thiel says there are more grants in the pipeline.

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Fish Fell From Sky While It Rained In Mexico Coastal Town

TAMPICO, Mexico (CBS/AP) — Rain wasn’t the only thing that fell from the sky in one Mexican coastal city.

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Tamaulipas civil defense said in a Facebook post earlier this week that small fish fell from the sky while it was raining in the coastal city of Tampico.

The photos show four small fish in a bag and another fish on a sidewalk.

The Associated Press reports that this type of phenomenon has been reported since ancient times.

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Scientists believe waterspouts might be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around before falling back to the ground.

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Bed Bugs Attracted To Dirty Laundry, Scientists Say

CBS Local — Scientists have found a new defense against bringing bed bugs into your home. The solution is simple: wash your clothes.

British researchers from the University of Sheffield say that leaving dirty laundry exposed in bedrooms while traveling may lead to bed bug infestations. The scientists report that the blood-sucking, itch-causing pests are not only attracted to humans but also the smell of humans which dirty clothes carry.

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“There are a lot of good studies out there focused on trying to understand how bed bugs are attracted to humans and how they get around apartment blocks, but no one has really talked about how they get into the house in the first place,” according to the study’s author William Hentley.

To find the answer, Hentley and his team tested two identical rooms which both had a bed, a pile of dirty clothes, and a pile of clean clothes in it. One of the rooms had carbon dioxide pumped into it so the researchers could simulate a human breathing; which bed bugs are known to seek out. The results found that bed bugs were likely to go after the “human” if they sense one nearby however. In the room with no human, the bed bugs were twice as likely to settle on dirty clothes than clean ones.

Scientists believe the increase in bed bug cases around the world is due the growing ease of international travel. The study urges people to keep their worn clothing in sealed bags, especially while they’re travelling and leave their hotel room.

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“Once a room is infested with bed bugs, they can be very difficult to get rid of, which can result in people having to dispose of clothes and furniture that can be really costly,” Dr. Hentley added. “Bed bugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world’s biggest and busiest cities.”

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14th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women

6abc is proud exclusive TV media partner for the 14th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Over 10,000 are expected to attend this day of networking, inspiration, development and growth, featuring over 150 speakers. In addition to a standout lineup of keynote speakers, the Conference will feature breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, leadership, finance, media and professional development.

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