Ed Snider Statue To Be Unveiled October 19th

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ed Snider will be honored with a statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center by Comcast Spectacor.

The nine-foot tall statue will be unveiled during a special ceremony on October 19th, the 50th anniversary of the Flyers’ first home game, as NBCSportsPhilly reports. The Flyers host the Predators at 7:00 p.m. that night.

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Snider was honored in May, as a section of 11th street from Pattison Avenue to Terminal Avenue in South Philly was renamed “Ed Snider Way.”

The late Flyers owner who brought hockey to the city of Philadelphia in 1966, lost his battle to cancer on April 11, 2016.

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Ed Snider Statue To Be Unveiled October 19th

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ed Snider will be honored with a statue outside of the Wells Fargo Center by Comcast Spectacor.

The nine-foot tall statue will be unveiled during a special ceremony on October 19th, the 50th anniversary of the Flyers’ first home game, as NBCSportsPhilly reports. The Flyers host the Predators at 7:00 p.m. that night.

Related: Philly Honors Late Flyers Owner With ‘Ed Snider Way’

Snider was honored in May, as a section of 11th street from Pattison Avenue to Terminal Avenue in South Philly was renamed “Ed Snider Way.”

The late Flyers owner who brought hockey to the city of Philadelphia in 1966, lost his battle to cancer on April 11, 2016.

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Justice Department Threatens Funding Over Philadelphia Immigration Policies

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city of Philadelphia received a letter from the Justice Department on Thursday rejecting the city’s argument that its policies toward Immigration Enforcement do not violate federal law.

The Department is, again, threatening to revoke a federal grant.

The Justice Department began stepping up pressure on Philadelphia and several other cities in April, when it warned in a letter that a policy of not sharing information with Immigration Enforcement agents violates the terms of a police training grant.

City solicitor Sozi Tulante responded that the city does share information, but that information doesn’t include immigration status, because the city doesn’t ask for it.

The latest letter from the Justice Department to the city specifies five passages from executive orders or police memoranda that restrict what information is shared, including the immigration status of crime “victims.”

Similar letters were sent to New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Cook County.

The city has two weeks to write back to the Department.

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Judge Says He Didn’t Know Father Raped Mother When He Granted Joint Custody

CBS Local — A Michigan judge has halted his own order granting joint custody of an 8-year-old boy to the man who raped his then 12-year-old mother. The controversial ruling was revoked after the judge claimed he didn’t know the father in the custody battle was the same man who committed the assault.

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On Sept. 22, Sanilac County Judge Gregory S. Ross ordered that Christopher Mirasolo should have joint custody of the boy after a DNA test revealed him as the father. Nine years earlier, Mirasolo kidnapped the victim and two other women and allegedly raped the child’s mother. Mirasolo, who was 18 at the time, served only six months of a one-year jail sentence for the 2008 crime.

A Michigan Supreme Court spokesman told The Associated Press that Judge Ross wasn’t aware that Mirasolo was the mother’s rapist at the time of his decision. After reportedly learning that the 27-year-old was a convicted sex offender, Ross halted visitation rights for Mirasolo.

Public outrage has poured down on the embattled judge for his original decision as well as allegations by the victim’s attorney that Ross gave the mother’s address to her attacker and ordered Mirasolo’s name be added to the boy’s birth certificate without her consent.

“When I read the article, I was disgusted,” a second victim of Mirasolo told The Detroit News. “There is no way he should have custody… and I don’t think he should even be allowed around any children without supervision,” the 2010 victim added. Mirasolo reportedly spent nearly six years in jail for that assault.

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The mother’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, contends that the Sanilac County Prosecutor’s Office is at fault for forcing her client into this position.

“It is against the law for the prosecutor to get involved in parental rights and custody matters,” Kiessling said. “That’s not their job. Their job is to prosecute and protect people, not further victimize them.”

The custody battle began after the 21-year-old mother and her lawyer filed a claim for child support from her attacker.

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‘This Is My Dream’: Northeast Philly Middle School Soccer Team Gets To Play Like Pros

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was an unforgettable day for a middle school soccer team from Northeast Philadelphia as they got to play on the field at Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union.

About 70 students from Baldi Middle School spent their morning Wednesday on the pitch, playing games and doing drills led by Philadelphia Union staff members.

“I’ve never been on the field. This is my dream.”

“It’s my first time in my life being on a stadium.”

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“I just love playing on the field, you know, passing to my teammates and having a good time.”

Baldi principal Luke Hostetter is a big soccer fan himself and says the kids worked very hard to earn this opportunity, which is sponsored by TruMark Financial.

“We use this as a reward and incentive for our kids who are making the right decisions in school,” he Hostetter said, “that are coming to our after school programs.”

He says soccer is especially popular at Baldi, with a diverse student body that has students who speak 30 world languages.

 

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Mayor Kenney: Attempts To Repeal Soda Tax May Be Met With Opposition From Families

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawmakers in Chicago have voted 15-2 to repeal a sweetened beverage tax after only two months in action. KYW’s Mike Dougherty spoke with Mayor Jim Kenney about the prospects of that happening in Philly.

On the surface the taxes in Philadelphia and Chicago might seem similar with both taking a per-ounce-tax on sweetened beverages. Mayor Jim Kenney says the most important difference is the fact that money here is going directly to educational programs, unlike Cook County which was using the soda tax for a general fund.

“Now we have 2,000 kids in quality Pre-K. We would have as many as 4,000 if the beverage industry would get out of the way. We have 6,000 families receiving services from community schools,” said Kenney.

He says the legal battle is restricting the city from maximizing revenue.

“We have our Parks & Recreation Center and Library rebuild plans ready to go once this lawsuit is over. They keep on dragging it out and dragging it out,” said Kenney.

So far the tax in Philadelphia has generated $59 million. Mayor Kenney says he thinks any attempt to repeal here would be met with fierce opposition from families.

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Police Searching For Man Who Stole Boxes Of Rogaine From Target Store

BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Police are searching for a man who stole boxes of Rogaine from a Target store in Bensalem Township.

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Police say the man stole five boxes of men’s Rogaine and two men’s razors by concealing the items under his grey sweatshirt at the Target on Rockhill Drive.

Police say the suspect exited through a fire door without paying for them.

He fled the scene in a maroon sedan.

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If anyone has information about this suspect, you can call Bensalem Police at 215-633-3719.

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‘I’m just slightly disappointed in myself’: ‘Survivor Castoff Patrick: Post Elimination Q&A

CBS Local – Another episode of ‘Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers’ means another torch has been snuffed. We had the chance to interview the third cast off of the new season, small business owner, Patrick Bolton. Here’s his unique perspective (as told to CBS Local’s Adam Bloom and Samantha Bennet) on being the red head on the island and his initial reaction to being voted off.

Castoff: Patrick

AB: It seemed as though in tribal you were surprised and seemed a little bit angry about being voted off as rightly so. Are you still angry about being voted off as you were after the elimination? How are you feeling now?

P: Watching last night brought back all of the emotions. I was definitely so frustrated going home. I was really mad at Ryan and Ali – especially those two – and those were very true emotions. I was pissed to say the least. I thought Lauren was going home. As you could tell it was a shock to me and watching my facial expressions – it was not really expected. I don’t take back anything I’ve said as far as my leaving interview. It was just rough – it wasn’t my time to go.

SB: Lauren said she never trusted a redhead. How did you feel about that?

P: “I’ve never trusted a redhead in my life,” those were the final words. It’s ridiculous – it doesn’t affect me or offend me. It’s hard to get under my skin. It didn’t bother me that she said that. I just think it makes her small-minded and makes her sound a little crazy. I’m sure there’s plenty of things that I did – screaming and jumping around with crabs – it probably made me look crazy. It’s just part of it.

AB: It seemed like you were having fun overall out there. It really did.

P: I was having a blast.

AB: Was it everything that you expected?

P: “Survivor” was everything I expected and more and I literally had so much fun getting the opportunity to do it – being able to meet the people I had met through “Survivor,” the CBS crew, or anybody on the game. It’s been a phenomenal experience. I would definitely take the opportunity again if it arose but I would not take it and joke around. I would literally be coming back to win a million dollars and go back home. That would be it.

SB: If you had a few more days on the island, what would you have done with your time? How would you have played your game differently?

P: If I had been able to make it passed the tribal I went home on last night – that was the first real experience as far as being frightened and the unknown of whether I was going home or not. The previous tribal – when Simone went home – I was not worried at all even though she definitely wanted to send me home. It wasn’t something that worried me. This tribal – I was a little worried so I think I would have changed my game play coming out. I think I would have really taken a turn for the better as far as keeping more stable connections and not being such a live wire – or as many people would refer to me as a wildcard. If I could get passed tonight’s tribal and make it to the next day – you see as the previews came out – there’s a tribe swap. It would have changed the entire dynamic of the game, and I missed that by just one vote. It’s very unfortunate that it’s the way I went out. I definitely could have done better. So I’m just slightly disappointed in myself.

AB: You said you wanted to learn and grow as part of this experience – what is one of the most important things you took away from this experience? What was part of that growth for you?

P: Realizing to better understand the emotions of the people around me and being able to make better friendships – being able to understand everybody’s thoughts behind me. I didn’t see other people outside Lauren – I knew she was heated with me and frustrated – I wasn’t trying to change that aspect and again, I thought she was going home so I’m not trying to build this relationship because it’s just about to leave. Taking things away from “Survivor” – I feel like the overall opportunity and being able to get to experience living life with somebody on an island knowing that every three days someone is going to leave – it’s something strange and weird about it. I definitely grew as a person just knowing and understanding my surroundings and better understanding the emotions of the people that are around me so I can help with “Survivor” sets and defend my life. “Survivor” gods got me last night.

SB: You said the emotional aspect – did you find that to be the hardest part about being on the island or were there other aspects?

P: I would not say that was the hardest part. The physical aspect of not having food was difficult for me. It doesn’t show too much of me feeling exhausted – but there were many times where I was very exhausted from being in the heat – being slightly sunburned. Thankfully I stayed in the shade and didn’t get sunburned too much. Having to go through that physical experience and not having enough food to really feel full and never feeling like I’m full of energy – obviously it did show so many moments of me with a lot of energy but that’s not the entirety of my stay there. It’s definitely something just being able to stay consistently mentally focused on the game – something else that I should have been able to do better at. There’s a lot of things that I could have done slightly different that could have changed my game play. I just didn’t take it seriously enough until right there at the end and it was too late.

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