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Attracting shoppers. Philly wants to set its sights on bringing in tourists who like to buy. More stores. Councilman David Oh said more high-end shops should be brought to keep visitors here. Merger. A recent airline union will make traveling here much easier for international tourists. PAGE 02 Philly likes to shop — and so do tourists. City officials want more shopping locales to attract visitors to the city. / CHARLES MOSTOLLER, METRO

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Buy more. By marketing itself as an attraction for international visitors, Philly hopes to woo more businesses.

Visitors Bureau, “is a highlight for international visitors.” It’s no secret the city wants to become an international city. Officials wants to attract more international visitors and entice more international businesses. But what do the out-oftowners want, and how do we get them here? Philadelphia Councilman David Oh, who has championed the influx of more overseas visitors, said the city should attract some more high-end stores to capitalize on the shoppers. “They want to come to America,” Oh said, “and they want to leave with a bunch of stuff.” Walnut Street has seen a retail renaissance

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along with Chestnut and Broad streets and other spots in Center City and University City. There’s King of Prussia, but the goal is to keep tourists in the city proper. “[We need] more retailers in general,” Cohn said. “Not just high-end, but just more retailers.” The running joke is travelers need to buy a second suitcase before they leave. “Because you have so

much stuff,” she said. But before they can buy, they need to get here. The recent merger of American Airlines and US Airways created the world’s largest airline. And Philadelphia’s international airport is set to benefit. More flights to China and other Asian countries would create a pipeline. Victoria Lupica, spokeswoman for the airport, said, “We do not have any flights to China, any service to China or Asia at this time.” “However,” she added, “we are certainly looking to expand that service.”

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Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters has removed socks depicting Hindu deity Lord Ganesh from its stores and website after the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism called them “disturbing” and “inappropriate.” A spokeswoman for Urban Outfitters emailed the society’s president Rajan Zed apologizing for the socks, according to a news release. “We appreciate Rajan Zed ... for bringing this matter to our attention and for helping us understand the cultural and religious sensitivities

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‘They want to leave with a bunch of stuff’ Philly offers overseas visitors Americana. We have history: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center. We have art: exhibitions, museums, murals. And we also have “stuff.” “Tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes,” said Danielle Cohn, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Convention and

“For every Christmas present I buy someone, I buy myself one too. This wasn’t planned, but it’s working out rather well.”

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this product carries,” the email said. Zed thanked the company for pulling the footwear and suggested all corporations send senior executives for training in religious and cultural sensitivity. METRO

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Sustaining a holiday tradition A young visitor to the Please Touch Museum looks at the recently restored Enchanted Colonial Village, which was created decades ago for the Lit Brothers store in Center City and is now an annual attraction at the popular museum. / CHARLES MOSTOLLER, METRO

A 3-year-old boy died Sunday evening after he fell from a thirdfloor window in Frankford, officials said. The boy’s parents were not home, but his

godmother and aunt were in the apartment, reports said. He was in a room with his 2- and 4-year-old sisters. Toys were found on the ground near where the boy fell. He may have been tossing them from the window. METRO


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Pill mill. Abortion doc gets 30 more years for illegal drug scripts Kermit Gosnell, 72, was sentenced Monday to 30 years for illegally selling prescriptions for drugs such as OxyContin and Codeine from the West Philadelphia clinic where he also performed lateterm abortions. Gosnell is already serving three life sentences for killing three babies by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. At sentencing, Gosnell made a statement advising authorities to use his “self-help manual� to reform mental health procedures and address youth violence within prisons. He also claimed that he gave out drug prescriptions to treat mental health issues, but then said that he could not cut off prescriptions during the winter because his patient’s musculoskeletal complaints were worst

Casino revenue increased last month November’s revenue from table games at the state’s 12 casinos increased by more than 14 percent over the same month last year, gaming officials said on Monday. Revenue for last month hit $63.7 million from table games alone. Slot machine revenue brought that number up to $253,712,081. METRO

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during that season. “I did not see the abuse,â€? he said. “I was well-intentioned, not a vicious manipulator. ‌ ‘Pill mill’ — I don’t feel that applies.â€? Gosnell pleaded guilty in July to charges that he prescribed more than 700,000 pills of controlled substances from June 2008 to February 2010. SAM NEWHOUSE

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Casey: Residents need extensions for their benefits EUC. Some residents are getting hit hard and said they could be homeless at year’s end. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (DPa.) Monday morning called for the extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program at 30th Street Station. The federal program, which started in June 2008 when the unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, extends benefits to residents who have exhausted their unemployment compensation. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate sits

at about 7.5 percent. In Philadelphia, it floats between 10 and 11 percent, Casey said during the announcement. On Dec. 28, 86,000 Pennsylvania residents will lose their employment insurance. Another 179,800 will exhaust their benefits by June. The U.S. House of Representatives has adjourned for its holiday break. While Casey said the Senate would vote on the extension in early January, the House has not yet scheduled a vote. Bill Paci, of Center City, said he’s been out of work since September. “I could be homeless at the turn of the year,” Paci said. “So, Congress, if you’re listening, do your job.”

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Fatal carjacking makes Christmas shopping at NJ mall a nightmare Scene. The mall is located 20 miles west of New York City, with 150 stores and restaurants. Police on Monday were seeking a pair of suspected carjackers who shot to death a lawyer who was Christmas shopping with his wife at a high-end New Jersey mall and then fled in the couple’s luxury SUV, prosecutors said. The couple had walked out of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, N.J., at about 9:10 p.m. on Sunday and headed for the parking deck, where the man opened the door of their 2012 silver Range Rover for

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The car was found on Monday parked in Newark, about 10 miles from the scene of the killing, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a statement.

his wife. As he approached the driver’s door, he was confronted by a gunman, said Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor for Essex County. After the shooting, the gunman and an accomplice fled in the Range Rover. The attorney, identified

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as Dustin Friedland, 30, of Hoboken, N.J., was shot in the head, Murray said. He was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. at Morristown Medical Center, Fennelly said. Friedland’s wife was not injured. REUTERS

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s ex-chief of staff on Monday was ordered into indefinite house arrest by a U.S. judge while he awaits trial on federal child pornography charges. Jesse Loskarn, 35, who was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. postal agents on suspicion of possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court. His case will go directly to a grand jury. Alexander, a Tennessee Republican seeking a third term next year, fired Loskarn following his arrest. REUTERS

The U.S. government’s collection of massive amounts of data about telephone calls, a program revealed in June after leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, is likely unlawful, a judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon stayed his own ruling pending an expected appeal by the government, but in a significant challenge to U.S. spying authority, he wrote that the program likely violated Americans’ right to be free of unreasonable searches. The U.S. Justice Department was reviewing the ruling, a spokesman said. REUTERS

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Policy at Fordham Law School, which conducted the review. In most of districts studied, parents did not have to consent to the outside use of their child’s information, and many agreements did not place clear limits on how vendors could use the data they collected. In the cloud-based model, vendors sometimes offer their services at a low cost in the hope of profits from the data they collect. “Schools right now are unable to deal effectively with privacy issues,” says Joel Reidenberg, the lead author of the study. “They’re not in a position to understand the implications of some of the servic-

es they’re contracting.” The study examined policies in a wide swath of districts across the country, ranging from the 204,000-student Houston Independent School District to a district in Oregon with just 264 students. Cloud computing now plays a role in everything from testing to college counseling. That can mean handing over huge and diverse amounts of data to third-party vendors. A payment mechanism used in the lunchroom could give a vendor access to which students qualify for federal free lunch, considered a measure of poverty, Reidenberg noted. Online health classes can retain

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There’s a much easier way to save money at the register than using coupons. “As soon as you walk into a store, the RetailMeNot app alerts you of sales that are going on,” Knobloch says. “You don’t have to tell it where you are, it just knows wherever you are out shopping.”

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Tying the knot — in pay-per-view style I don’t know who cares about this but I’m guessing that somewhere, someone is really, really into the fact that “Real Housewives of D.C.” star (and infamous White House party crasher) Michaele Holt Salahi married Journey guitarist Neal Schon on Sunday in San Francisco in a pay-per-view wedding. Dubbed the “Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event,” the event hosted 18 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen and 350 guests, including Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, R&B

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A tale of two Montanas? Miley Cyrus could be dating French Montana Miley Cyrus is fending off speculation that she’s dating rapper French Montana after the pair were spotted sharing a warm embrace in New York City recently, according to Hollywood Life. “Miley was doing some post-show flirting with French Montana before leaving [Madison Square

Garden] and heading to the after-party,” a source says, adding that Cyrus was spotted “grinding” on Montana. Cyrus’ response? “Don’t hug your friends goodbye unless you want to be rumored ‘dating,’” she posted to Twitter. “I want to think more of the world but people just keep proving their stupidity.”

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Countdown. Teresa Rhyne’s favorite nonfiction books of 2013 It’s hard for a first-time author to surpass the bold-faced names typically seen on the New York Times best-sellers list, but that’s exactly what Teresa Rhyne did with her book “The Dog Lived (And So Will I).” Her memoir about adopting a dog with cancer inspired millions. So, what books impacted Rhyne in 2013? She shares her top picks below.

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“Devoted: 28 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs” by Rebecca Asher-Walsh “I’m a sucker for a beautiful dog book, and this one comes with touching stories about the many ways dogs are better than we are.”

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“Pukka’s Promise: The Quest For Longer-Lived Dogs” by Ted Kerasote “I’m a lifetime dog-lover and yet this book made me rethink how I live with my dogs and what more I can do for their health and welfare, and that was no easy task. Plus, Ted can spin a great tale (tail?) and that’s not easy, either.”

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“The Imperfect Environmentalist” by Sara Gilbert “This is a practical guide to clearing your body, detoxing your home and saving the Earth — without losing your mind —

Emily Giffin’s favorite fiction books of 2013 Story-telling. The best-selling author shares her Top 5 favorite books of the year.

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“Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” by David Sedaris “Because David Sedaris. Enough said.”

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“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg “‘Lean In’ is thought-provoking, fascinating and depressing. (What have I done with my life?!) It’s about as highbrow as I went in 2013.” EMILY LAURENCE

International best-selling author Emily Giffin knows a thing or two about what makes a good page-turner. Her first book, “Something Borrowed” was made into a movie starring Kate Hudson and Gennifer Goodwin, and her subsequent five novels have been lauded both here and abroad. Giffin, whose seventh novel, “The One and Only,” comes out in May 2014, shares with us her favorite fiction books of the year.

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by The Harvard Lampoon Any Tolkien fan or excited “Hobbit” moviegoer will appreciate this book, written by the authors of “The Hunger Pains” and “Bored of the Rings.” “The Wobbit” follows Aaron Sorkinshield and his army of Little People on a journey across Widdle Wearth to steal back their Academy Awards, which were stolen by Puff the Magic Dragon. Readers will be chuckling from beginning to end.

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by John McMillian Impress a music lover by gifting this entertaining read about The Beatles vs. Stones rivalry. It’s not just something people started debating at bars: McMillian explains how it was created by record execs and marketing teams. The Beatles were portrayed as lovey-dovey guys while the Rolling Stones were made out to be sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll bad boys. It’s sure to spark some fun holiday party convos.

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Invest in a carry-on that’s the maximum size allotted by airlines. Avoid checking a bag at all costs, Kuper says, but if you must: “Make sure you have with you anything you might possibly need, in case you get stuck at the airport.”

Choose a color scheme for your outfits, starting with your shoes, because they are the bulkiest item. “That way everything you bring can mix and match and you don’t need as many things.”

Invest in space bags, so that it’s possible to make clothing items lie as flat as possible, Kuper recommends. Plus, on the way home, you can use them as laundry bags.

Instead of bringing your finest perfume (and having to dump it at the security checkpoint) Kuper says to douse a cotton swab in your favorite scent and then put it in a Ziploc bag. It won’t last forever, but it will mean you don’t have to worry about the threat of a leaky bottle (or a wasted one).

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Always travel with a few plastic bags in case something needs waterproofing or you need to transport muddy shoes. Smith always brings a length of clothesline and some clothes pins in any bag so that he can easily wash and dry his lightweight clothing. “I never bring jeans. I always bring nylon or other synthetic pants, especially if I’m traveling to warmer, harsher travel environments where I’m going to be out and hot and maybe getting dirty.”

Err on the casual side. “You can’t squish up a shoe, but you do have to sacrifice space for how you want to look and what you want to wear.” Be prepared. “I want to be prepared for certain contingencies, but not necessarily fashion contingencies,” Smith says. In his regular travel, Smith never leaves home without a supply of Cipro, the antibiotic. “If you come down with some sort of stomach bug and Cipro doesn’t cure it in 12 hours, nothing will.”

Packing is more than just jamming a bunch of wrinkled clothes into an old duffel bag. As prices for checked bags creep upward (it can cost anywhere between $25 to $175 if your suitcase is overweight), knowing how to get where you’re going with as little bulk as possible is vital. Donna Smallin Kuper knows a thing or two about tight spaces (and organizational wizardry). She’s the author of “The One Minute Organizer” and a recent convert to the nomadic tribe of RV enthusiasts: She’s gone cross-country and has plans for several stops in 2014. Kuper says that wrinkles must be out of the question when space is tight. “I don’t own an iron anymore,” she admits, adding that all of the outfits she packed into her RV were wrinkle-resistant. “When you’re selecting outfits, think about what can you roll up and then unroll with virtually no

wrinkles,” she suggests. If you can’t avoid bringing dressy items that may crease in a suitcase, Kuper’s solution is to use the plastic from the dry cleaner’s to line the inside and outside of the piece of clothing. “What happens is that the plastic bag helps prevent it from creasing,” she says. “The fabric rolls around the plastic so that you can get where you’re going and immediately hang those items.” For shoes, Kuper says to go by weight. “I usually wear my heaviest shoes. If I plan to bring boots, I’m going to wear them on my travel days because they take up so much room,” she says. Patrick Smith’s love of travel extends beyond his job as a pilot. He’s been to more than 80 countries worldwide and recently authored a book, “Ask the Pilot,” based on his blog of the same name. Inside his small roller bag is evidence of his pro packing abilities. He suggests keeping the gadgets that ultimately rule our lives — chargers, USB cables, headphones and the like — in one pouch, and buying a second version of any tech accessories so that you can have one pouch with everything ready to go.

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‘Ugly’ Christmas party sweaters you’ll actually want to wear again ’Tis the season for all those Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties you inevitably get invited to every year. Don’t panic! No need to dig through mom’s seemingly endless supply of reindeer cardigans or spend an afternoon mining your local thrift shop (though, if you’ve got the time, you could hit gold). We scoured the Internet for holiday sweaters that are both festive and fashionable.

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Those Brits know what they’re doing when it comes to holiday fashion. You’ll be the present everyone wants to receive (or unwrap, if you’re feeling frisky) when you show up in TopShop’s Sequin Present jumper. This angora/nylon blend features a glittery sequined ribbon that stands out brightly on the snowy white sweater. $96, www. us.topshop.com

The only thing that could make this cozy Frosty Friends sweater by Louche look any cuter on you is if your entrance to the party were narrated by Morgan Freeman. The penguin print is suitably seasonable, but adorable for any wintery occasion. $57.99, www.mod cloth.com

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Sagittarius | Nov. 22-Dec. 21. Sudden career changes may shock you. You need to find healthy ways to blow off steam. Take care of yourself. Capricorn | Dec. 22-Jan 20. Keep business and pleasure separate, or damaging gossip could affect your reputation. Right now, honesty is your best bet. Aquarius | Jan. 21-Feb 18. Now is the time to marshal your energy and finally meet some of the goals you’ve set for yourself. You now have everything you need to succeed.

Pisces | Feb. 19-March 20. Emotional upheaval regarding a family issue may ruin your plans. A move or change to your home will be beneficial. Let your intuition guide you.

Gemini | May 22-June 20. If you allow yourself to be impulsive, your flippant nature may compromise a partnership. Get out and have fun.

Virgo | Aug. 23-Sept. 22. Emotions will be difficult to control at home. Take one step at a time and remain impartial. Your pragmatic approach will win out.

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Aries | March 21-April 20. It’s a good day to take a trip. If you maintain an open mind and engage in discussions with the right people, you will learn a lot.

Cancer | June 21-July 22. You’ll find your responsibilities difficult to bear. Do your best to make improvements that will benefit the whole family. Make a point of asking for help.

Libra | Sept. 23-Oct. 22. Travel will result in new friendships and information. Changes in personal matters should be accepted, not challenged. .

Taurus | April 21-May 21. Be willing to lend a hand to colleagues. You will gather meaningful intelligence and new skills through courses at this time.

Leo | July 23-Aug. 22. If you’re clear about your intentions, you can take romance to the next level. Plan to share some private time with your partner.

Re: ‘Top pop culture moments of 2013’ (Metro, Dec. 16) You should be ashamed of even printing the negative comment your writer Rachel Vigoda wrote about Paul Walker at the end of “Top pop culture moments of 2013.” Those who knew Paul will miss him. Your comment was so disrespectful.

Scorpio | Oct. 23-Nov. 21. Your possessive attitude may feel oppressive. Avoid placing demands on those you love. Now is the time to give others space. BERNICE BEDE OSOL

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CHIP KELLY NOT THINKING CLEARLY RIGHT NOW The Eagles didn’t just lose a big football game Sunday in Minnesota. They lost their ability to think logically — from the ridiculous coaching decisions of Chip Kelly to the confused performance of Nick Foles and the stupid play of the defense. This was more than just a day of mental lapses. This was a nervous breakdown. What made the 48-30 defeat so stunning was the simple fact that the Eagles have been smarter than their opponents for most of this remarkable season. Behind every win during their improbable five-game streak was a moment of genius, or so it seemed. Then they arrived in Minnesota, and became the dumbest team in the NFL. For example, how could a coach as intelligent as Kelly sacrifice field position on every kickoff just to avoid returner Cordarrelle Patterson? One of the biggest reasons the Vikings amassed an ungodly 455 yards of offense — without Adrian Peterson, no less — was Kelly’s decision to wimp out on Sunday after two special-teams touchdowns in the snow against Detroit. Of course, Kelly wasn’t timid when he

Damaris Johnson and the Eagles let what should’ve been a surefire win against a 3-9-1 team slip through their hands in Minnesota on Sunday. / GETTY IMAGES The Voice of Philly Sports

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decided to go for it on fourth down from the Minnesota 24-yard line with 6:26 left in the third quarter, trailing 24-9. In that case, he

was temporarily insane. If the coach were really alert, he would have challenged the spot on the previous play, when chronically inept referee

Walt Coleman shorted the Birds a precious yard. The truth is, the Eagles offense was lost for most of the afternoon, despite a hollow 475 yards. LeSean McCoy, fresh off his amazing 217-yard effort against the Lions, ran the ball eight times for 38 yards. Instead, the Eagles relied on a quarterback whose final statistics hid the truth — that Foles cost his team a touchdown on a peel-back block, took several terrible sacks and threw a damaging interception in a

day of bad decisions. His teammates were equally clueless. When the game was out of reach, Roc Carmichael and Cary Williams thought it was a good idea to taunt the Vikings, earning themselves 15-yard penalties. And then there was that charming exchange between DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, when they had to be separated by teammates. The less said about the defensive plan, the better. Somehow, with no running game, Matt Cassel managed to complete 25 of 34 passes, for 382 yards. That’s Matt Cassel, not Tom Brady. After the game, defensive coordinator Billy Davis called it “a beatdown.” It was the first time he was right all day. The big questions after that debacle are worrisome: Was Sunday just a stumble on the road to the playoffs, or did the bubble burst in Minnesota? Will the Eagles right themselves in time for the big game Sunday against Chicago, or the even bigger one at Dallas in two weeks? Don’t ask Kelly or his team right now, please. Obviously, they aren’t thinking clearly.

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Cataldi. NFL milking New Jersey Super Bowl for all its worth Based on revelations last week about Super Bowl XLVIII, there is now an alternative spelling of the word greed. It’s just three letters: N-F-L. In an announcement by Super Bowl committee CEO Al Kelly that only an NFL partner would have the gall to make, rules were established for what fans paying between $1,000 and $2,600 per ticket will get for their money at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. “You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car, “ Lewis said, presumably with a straight face. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. ... And it’ll all be watched very carefully.” What will also be watched very carefully is the windfall of billions flowing into the NFL cof-

fers. For example, since there are only 13,000 parking spaces for the 80,000 attendees, the NFL strongly urges patrons to park in satellite lots for a mere $150, where they can pick up shuttle buses charging $51 per person for the round trip. Meanwhile, the NFL has already sold out all 69 commercial spots on the TV broadcast of the game, priced at an unprecedented $4 million per 30 seconds. Tack on the hours of ads from pre- and post-game programming, radio rights, stadium signage, souvenirs and countless other revenue streams, and what you have is the biggest financial orgy in sports history. Of course, this is also the first Super Bowl that might just feature snow. You can expect an announcement soon on how much the NFL will charge for that. ANGELO CATALDI

Here are a few other things eating at Angelo Cataldi this week. •

Just when all hope seems lost, Cowboys QB Tony Romo arrives with a performance so hideous Eagles fans can rejoice again. Romo’s meltdown against Green Bay on Sunday was one of his most shocking. If the Eagles’ season comes down to that last game in Dallas, you can count on Romo to provide a happy ending — for us.

Flyers chairman Ed Snider said these magic words in an interview last week: “We never learn from our mistakes.” OK, now we’re finally getting somewhere. There’s one way to fix that, Ed. Retire.

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Kelly not worried over loss NFL. The Eagles had a rough loss on Sunday, but the head coach is only worried about what he can control. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly stood in front of the media in his weekly Monday press conference and adopted the same matterof-fact persona he’s carried throughout the season. Count him among the few in Philadelphia not worried about the Eagles following an ugly 48-30 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. “I think [the team has] been good,” Kelly said. “We were 3-5 at one point with this team and wheeled off five straight victories. I’ll have a better gauge [Tuesday] when we see how this affects them, in terms of this loss. This is a tough game to play. “I’m expecting a bounce back. I’ve seen them bounce back before so that’s what I’m anticipating happening.” Kelly was repeatedly asked about the mindset of his team, briefly touching on the incident following a Nick Foles intercep-

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tion with 10 minutes left in the third quarter when DeSean Jackson had to be calmed down on the sideline after yelling at receivers coach Bob Bicknell. “I think DeSean was frustrated we threw an interception and [we were] just trying to calm him down to get on to the next play,” Kelly said. Jackson wouldn’t talk about the incident after the game. But Kelly dismissed any of the panic surrounding a team after its five-game

winning streak came to a conclusion. “You should go into every game with the same mindset. … Worry about what you can control,” Kelly said. “So whether someone makes you a fa-

vorite doesn’t mean I act differently or someone says you’re the underdog you act differently because then you’re concerned with things you don’t control. You don’t control what other people’s opin-

Just as rumors had swirled about Chip Kelly going to USC earlier this season, the same popped up Monday about the open job at Texas. He dismissed the possibility unconditionally. “I understand you have to ask the question, but I’m not involved in any jobs,” Kelly said. “I only coach the Philadelphia Eagles. We’re going to prepare for the Bears, we’re going to prepare for the Cowboys after that and hopefully we get an opportunity to go to the playoffs. I plan to be here for awhile.” MARK OSBORNE

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