‘He Was The Greatest’: Legendary Philly DJ Remembers The Late Chuck Berry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The death of music legend Chuck Berry is hard to take for many in the industry. Berry, often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead Saturday at his home near St. Louis.

The news of his passing was especially difficult for Philadelphia DJ legend Jerry Blavat, who says Berry was truly one of a kind.

“When he got up on stage, he hit it,” Blavat said.

Berry’s skills with a guitar, paired with his stage presence, put him in rare company. Blavat says Berry, like many other brilliant musicians, knew what he wanted, and wouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect.

“He knew exactly where he wanted to go with his music,” Blavat said.

So much so, the Geator says, that Berry was tough on the bands he shared a stage with.

“If they didn’t get it right, he would absolutely yell while on stage,” he said.

Blavat says Berry was rock and roll royalty, but he wasn’t fond of practice.

“Chuck would not rehearse,” Blavat explained. “He wanted to get on stage, do his thing, get the off stage. Get his money and run! But he was the greatest.”

And for Blavat, one song stands above the rest.

“When he did ‘Rock and Roll Music,’ that was the National Anthem of what rock and roll was all about.”

Berry spent many nights performing at clubs in Philly and at the Jersey Shore, playing songs Blavat thinks stand the test of time.

“Young people hear it for the first time, it’s good and they will remember it,” he said. “Maybe the closest thing is Bruno Mars. But there will never be another like Chuck Berry.”

Fundraiser Held For Local Man Looking To Land Spot On 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) — A few weeks ago, we shared the story of a local man, Brandon Holiday, who survived ten heart attacks and overcame an array of health complications.

Even after doctors amputated his left leg, below the knee, he has gone on to become a member of the National Paracanoe Team.

Now, he is asking for your help to raise money for a new sprint boat that could land him a spot on team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Saturday morning, Sweat Fitness in Conshohocken hosted the Do it for Dysons Daddy fundraiser for Holiday, a former Salisbury City, Maryland, police officer.

Dyson is Holiday’s service dog.

So how has this former police officer remained so positive after a lupus diagnosis and battling multiple other health problems?

He says kayaking saved his life.

“The training is 20 to 30 hours a week. Weights, cardio. It gets rough, but there’s a hunger to it, to want to see yourself do better,” said Holiday, who is the Executive Director of Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast. “To get the support from here and to know that I’m going to be my best.”

Saturday’s fundraiser pulled in $1,700.

Police Looking To Identify 8 Individuals In Connection With SEPTA Fight

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA police are looking to speak to eight people in connection with a fight that happened last week.

Officials with SEPTA tell CBS 3 the incident started as a snowball fight that escalated into the Race-Vine station of the Broad Street subway on March 15, just after 3:30 p.m.

Photos: SEPTA Police Looking To Identify 8 Individuals

Police have not said how the eight people are connected to the fight.

If you have any information that could help police, please call 215-580-8111.

Jimmy Breslin, Chronicler Of Wise Guys And Underdogs, Dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the legendary street-smart chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, has died. He was 87.

Breslin’s stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said he died Sunday of complications from pneumonia.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime New York Daily News columnist was one of the sharpest observers of New York City life.

A hardnosed newsman, Breslin also campaigned for office in the 1960s and exposed the city’s worst corruption scandal in decades in the 1980s. He once boasted that he was the best person ever to have a column in the news business.

Breslin’s well-known work, “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” told the story of the Boston mob, and he wrote of his own life in his memoir “I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me.”

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Frustration Mounts As Snow Piles Continue To Block City Crosswalks

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Frustration is building in Philadelphia over mounds of snow still piled up near crosswalks.

Days after the city was hit with a late blast of winter, a mound of snow was left blocking a lane of traffic on Market Street in Old City.

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A city spokesperson said that workers did meet the most urgent goal of making roads passable.

Thirty trucks made their rounds Saturday to clear more snow and ice from curbs and to salt the roadways, but many people were still left maneuvering around the mounds.

“I’d like to cordially invite Mayor Kenney to come out and try and cross the street at any one of these intersections,” said Pam Covey of South Philadelphia.

“A lot of people are walking around and they still got a lot of snow out here,” said Barbara Bethea in Center City. “It’s kind of dangerous especially for the senior citizens.”

Anyone with a request for snow removal is asked to call 311.

Meetup Takes Risky Leap Into The Trump Resistance

NEW YORK (AP) — Meetup.com is taking a leap into the Trump resistance.

The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups.

It’s a risky move for a tech company that has helped millions come together to share interests of all kinds, from hiking to languages to President Donald Trump himself. But it reflects an increasing willingness of some major technology firms to push back against the Republican president.

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Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman told The Associated Press that the new arrangement, to be known only as #Resist, gives the loosely organized protest movement the infrastructure needed to execute large responses to the new president’s policies.

“It’s one thing for a CEO to say, ‘I’m going to stand up against a politician,’” Heiferman said. “It’s even further for the company itself to mobilize people.”

For Heiferman and other tech leaders, Trump’s push to block immigration from several Muslim-majority countries marked a tipping point.

“When a certain line is crossed,” he said, “we have a civic duty not to be quiet.”

The White House did not respond to a request Friday for comment about Meetup’s plans.

About 40 technology companies met privately this month in New York City to brainstorm ways to push back against Trump policies on immigration, transgender protections, women’s health and arts funding, as well as more traditional technology issues like net neutrality and encryption.

The meeting was designed to “get beyond handwringing and move toward real action,” said Michal Rosenn, general counsel for the Brooklyn-based company Kickstarter.

Kickstarter and Meetup were also among 58 technology companies that signed a friend-of-the-court brief on Tuesday charging that the White House’s revised immigration plan would harm their employees and customers.

Airbnb, Apple, Twitter and Yelp filed a court brief late last month to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind guidance that instructed schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.

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The car service Lyft recently pledged $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Meetup, which employs 175 people and claims 30 million users worldwide, has gone further than most.

Disturbed by Trump’s initial push for a travel ban, the firm held a company-wide “resist-a-thon” last month and unveiled more than 1,000 new “#resist” Meetup groups that didn’t have to pay the standard $15 monthly fee to advertise their events on the site. Currently, there are more than 1,000 Meetup groups devoted to the Trump resistance across the country.

Meetup hired Clinton’s former digital organizing director, Jess Morales Rocketto, to coordinate the new organizing platform with a group allied with the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The Meetup software is “ready-made for rapid response,” Morales Rocketto said, and has already been used to mobilize Trump protesters in recent weeks, including resistance events at Boston Logan’s airport and a march in Mississippi.

Such actions alienated customers like Maria Lozinsky, a Trump supporter in Aurora, Colorado. She reacted by disbanding Meetup groups she had led for people interested in interior design and science fiction.

“It’s just so sickening,” she said of the proliferation of anti-Trump groups.

“That’s their right,” she said. “But it’s my right to leave.”

Meetup won’t be restricting the ability of pro-Trump groups to use its main site, which it insists is nonpartisan.

Marketing and branding experts suggest that in the short run, it could be a zero sum game for companies that wade into politics. Inevitably, some offended customers will leave, while others take their place.

Yet, typically, customers who agree with a business’ political stand have short memories, said marketing Professor Larry Chiagouris, of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

“Those who are hostile have longer memories and are more likely to hold a grudge,” he said.

Political consultant Liz Mair, who also advises private businesses, warned that the biggest risk in this case “is Trump taking retaliatory action against entities he sees as inherently opposed to him.”

Ultimately, however, political stands by businesses often have little long-term impact on a company’s brand, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York customer research firm.

“It’s a little thing at best,” he said.

Neil Blumenthal, co-CEO of the web-based global eyewear retailer Warby Parker, which was among the companies that filed legal briefs opposing Trump’s immigration and transgender policies, acknowledged political activism could turn some consumers off.

“There’s always the risk that when you stand for something there can be a backlash,” Blumenthal said. “The bigger risk is to stand for nothing.”

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Man Shot Dead In North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man is dead after a shooting overnight on North Philadelphia.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Germantown Avenue.

Police say a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the back and stomach.

He was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not made any arrests.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting.

1 Dead In Crash In Hunting Park

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One person is dead after a crash in North Philadelphia.

It happened around 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Old York Road and West Luzerne Street in the Hunting Park section of the city.

Police say three cars were involved in the accident.

One woman was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. It was not immediately clear if she was the person who was killed in the crash.

There was no word on what caused the accident.