Philly Restaurant Holds Special Fundraiser For PPD K9 Unit

 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fundraiser was held Sunday afternoon at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse a Northeast Philadelphia restaurant for the Philadelphia Police’s K9 Unit.

It was a great deal — for three hours, pork and chicken sandwiches were $3 each, with the proceeds going to the Philadelphia Police K9 Unit. Sweet Lucy’s owner Brooke Higgins says it was an easy choice.

“One of the reasons we decided canine is because Sweet Lucy’s was named after our dog, my dog. She’s since passed. So dogs definitely hold a place in our heart,” said Higgins.

Officer Michael McDonough says human or canine, they’re all part of the thin blue line.

“They’re four-legged officers, we’re two-legged officers — we’re still brothers and sisters.”

When asked about how important the work these canine officers do is McDonough said, “Canine work is very important to the department. People can’t sniff out drugs — dogs can.”

“There are certain situations where sending a dog in would be saving an officer from risk. They’re an indispensable part of the Philadelphia Police Department,” said McDonough.

Rita’s Celebrating First Day Of Spring With Free Water Ice

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Rita’s is kicking off the start of spring with FREE water ice.

On Monday, March 20, Rita’s will give out free Italian Ice from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For the last 25 years, Rita’s has been celebrating the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice.

Rita’s says last year they gave away almost 1 million cups of water ice in a nine-hour period.

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Sixers Rally From 13 Down To Beat Celtics 105-99

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington made the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Dario Saric scored key baskets to extend the lead and bolster his bid for NBA Rookie of the Year. Saric scored 23 points and helped rally the Sixers from a 13-point hole in the third.

Covington buried a 3 with 3:37 left that put the Sixers up 94-91 and Nik Stauskas hit his own with 38 seconds left for a 103-97 lead that sent fans inside a packed Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy.

The Sixers thumped Dallas 116-74 on Friday night and improved to a respectable 17-19 at home. The Sixers won 10 games total last season.

Al Horford led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points in a game Boston could not afford to waste.

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Philly’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Cancelled Amid Immigration Threats

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration has been cancelled this year amid immigration concerns and threats.

This would be 10th year for El Carnaval de Puebla, where thousands gather along Washington Avenue in South Philly, dressed in bright-colored costumes and masks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

“We are trying to show our children the tradition from our country,” said David Pina, one of the event’s organizers.

Pina says they cancelled this year’s party because they’ve gotten threats about federal agents targeting the event.

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“They say, ‘we are going to call the immigration guys, so they can come over and catch more people,’” he said.

2010’s Census shows that 13 percent of Philadelphia’s population is Hispanic.

“We are not a bad people. We are a good people,” said Pina. “We work. We pay taxes. We help the economy and we help the country.”

Pina says they hope to try again next year.

‘Beauty And The Beast’ Nabs $350 Million Worldwide

By Frank Pallotta

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s live action remake of its beloved 1991 animated film, made an estimated $350 million worldwide this weekend.

Of that total, $170 million came at theaters in North America.

The domestic total exceeded what people in the industry had expected, and it broke the record for the biggest box office opening in March. The record had been held by last year’s opening of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It’s also the best opening weekend of 2017 so far.

The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney’s live action reboots of animated films. The franchise includes 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” 2014’s “Maleficent,” 2015’s “Cinderella,” and last year’s “The Jungle Book.”

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the latest example of Disney’s perfectly executed strategy of going to their animation vaults, dusting off a classic and reinventing it as a modern live-action movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

The film’s PG rating, mid-March release, casting, and mix of both new and classic songs helped lead to the film’s big opening, Degarabedian said.

The record haul is good news for Disney since the movie had a steep $160 million production budget.

Other live action remakes in development at Disney: “Dumbo,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “Pinocchio.”

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WATCH: John Beilein Celebrates Michigan Win With Water Gun

Ryan Mayer

The Michigan Wolverines advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday afternoon with a 73-69 win over the Louisville Cardinals. The Wolverines have been on a sustained magical run over the course of the last couple of weeks winning four straight in the Big Ten tournament before holding off a game Oklahoma State team in the Round of 64 on Friday. Following the team punching their ticket to the Sweet 16, the Wolverines had some fun with their celebration.

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Yep, that’s head coach John Beilein entering with a water gun to try and get his players before they doused him with their cups of water. The joyous celebration will continue for at least a couple days as Michigan won’t be in action again until either Thursday or Friday against the winner of the Oregon-Rhode Island game later tonight.

‘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.