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Back on track. The regional railways were silent on Saturday as workers went on strike, but a federal mandate brought them back on Sunday. Not over. SEPTA and the unions are set to meet next week for contract hearings. PAGE 02
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Farrar Fitzgerald, left, of the Rosenbach Library, shows a ﬁrst edition of “Ulysses” to visitors Joe Mugnier, Carolyn Riester O’Connor and John Keir in honor of Bloomsday. Today marks the date on which the James Joyce novel takes place. / RIKARD LARMA, METRO
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No more SEPTA strike, but wages still in limbo One day. The 13 Regional Rail lines were silent Saturday as 400 rail workers made a stand for a raise. The SEPTA Regional Rail is back on track, but the two rail workers unions are still fighting for higher wages. The roughly 400 rail
workers — including members of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — left their jobs on Saturday, but returned Sunday morning after President Barack Obama appointed an emergency board to try and settle the dispute. Gov. Tom Corbett asked Obama to appoint the board which would bring the workers back and get the trains moving for at
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The last SEPTA Regional Rail strike, back in 1983, lasted 108 days.
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least 240 days, as per the unions agreement. SEPTA and the unions will now participate in hearings scheduled for the week of June 23. By July 14, Obama’s board will issue its recommendation. The strike was essen-
tially a battle over wage increases. SEPTA offered a $3 an hour increase for IBEW, and for BLET, an immediate increase and then another $2.60 per hour pay increase. The rail workers said they want the raises to be retroactive to the expiration of its previous contract in 2010, and an additional 3 percent raise. TOMMY ROWAN @tommyrowan email@example.com
Rooting for the home team from far, far away Michael Chea watches the Switzerland and Ecuador Word Cup game Sunday afternoon at the Piazza at Schmidts. He’s cheering for Ecuador, but thinks also Holland could take the title. Ecuador lost the game 2-1. RIKARD LARMA, METRO
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Double shooting in Fairhill, police shot one: PPD Two men were shot Sunday afternoon, one by a Philadelphia police oﬃcer and the other by an unidentiﬁed assailant in Fairhill, police said. The shooting occurred at 3:25 p.m. on the 3200 block of North Randolph Street, police said. The man who was shot in the left arm is currently in stable condition. The other man, who was shot multiple times but not by police, is in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. Police are investigating the incident. METRO
Assailant shoots at Marvin Harrison Former NFL star Marvin Harrison was shot at Saturday morning as he drove a Wynneﬁeld Heights man away from trouble. The shooting, which occurred around 3 a.m. on the 400 block of Ford Road, resulted in no injuries.
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After two men broke into a 38-year-old man’s apartment, the occupant ran outside and ﬂagged down Harrison, a Philadelphia native and Roman Catholic graduate. He jumped into the bed of Harrison’s truck. As the two men exited his home, one ﬁred twice at Harrison’s truck. About $500 was taken from the man’s home. TOMMY ROWAN
Busted. Cops discover cock-fighting ring A man was arrested and 18 roosters were removed by PSPCA officers after a Kensington cockfighting ring was discovered Saturday. In the middle of the night, Philadelphia Police and PSPCA officers broke up a large-scale cockfight on the 2900 block of E Street. Dozens of participants
and spectators fled, but officers arrested the owner, according to the PSPCA. The PSPCA found one deceased rooster and 18 live roosters and brought them to their shelter. They also recovered cockfighting paraphernalia. Felony charges for cruelty are pending. METRO
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Pie Stand wins 2014 food truck Vendy Cup Pie Stand, named one of the best new food trucks by Zagat earlier this month, took home the Vendy Cup over the weekend, an award given annually to the best food trucks in Philadelphia. Owners Brendan O’Guinn and Shannon Wyﬀels build both sweet and savory pan-fried pies and set up shop in Fishtown. The People’s Choice award winner was The Cow and the Curd, while Oink and Moo BBQ and Bonjour Creperie also took home awards. METRO
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Blooming celebration of literary masterwork Heaventree of stars. Book-lovers will celebrate one of the greatest books ever written. For the 23rd year, Philadelphia’s Bloomsday celebration will bring together lovers of literature for an outdoors all-day reading of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” “The point is to get passersby, just people walking through the city like Leopold Bloom did, to come and see what is happening,” said Emilie Parker, director of education at Rosenbach Library and an organizer of the festivities. “Ulysses,” inspired by Homer’s “The Odyssey,” covers a lot — even the end of the world — but the plot unfolds on June 16, 1904, and follows Joyce’s mod-
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ern-day Odysseus — average schlub Leopold Bloom — as he walks around Dublin. Thus, June 16 is known as “Bloomsday.” Public readings will take place at the Free Library Central Branch from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Rittenhouse Square from
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 3 p.m. on at the Rosenbach Library, which houses the original “Ulysses” manuscript. Dozens of readers, including former Gov. Ed Rendell and Free Library president Siobhan Reardon, will strive to bring
Joyce’s famously complex prose to life. “It’s like music. You can just sit there and let the words wash over you, even if you’re not getting the meaning of all the words,” Parker said of Joyce’s writing. Local actor Drucie McDaniel will read the legendary stream-of-consciousness monologue by Bloom’s wife Molly that concludes the book. “It shows the whole panoply of the female condition,” she said. “I can’t believe a man wrote it, and that it’s as old as it is and it’s still pertinent.” Joyce’s Odysseus is a Jewish Irishman who sells ads for a newspaper, and faithful Penelope is the philandering Molly, but McDaniel said the contradictions make the characters human. “He’s every man, and she’s every woman,” McDaniel said.
Visit Metro.us for more on this year’s Bloomsday celebration. Greatest book ever? James Joyce (1882-1941) published “Ulysses” in 1922. •
Deemed obscene, the book was banned in the United States until 1941.
In 1998, the Modern Library voted “Ulysses” the greatest book of the 20th Century.
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The smoking ban is important because it sets the standard for the whole state. It’s an aﬀront to that very concept of local communities making these very important decisions. I was born and raised in Ocean CIty, where alcohol isn’t even allowed to be served. It happens to be one of the most popular family-oriented beach resorts in the state. The smoking ban is important because it sets the standard for the whole state. It’s an affront to that very concept of local communities making these very important decisions — uniformity, or else.
So what does that mean? A lot of tickets will be written for this new law. It’s bad enough driving down to South Jersey, which is a game of sharks and minnows between the state police and tourists. Soon this smoking law will be another smack in the face to some tourists. In the end, it just a few bad apples ruining it for the rest of us, whether it’s the rude smokers who don’t throw away their cigarette butts and smoke very close to others in public places, or the bad apples in the legislature who think they can control every minute detail of human existence. The next time I smoke at the beach, you’ll know where I’ll be. Under the boardwalk.
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Funeral held for ‘Pukemon’ after his sudden death A funeral was held Saturday for Matthew Clemmens, 25, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who died from a blood infection last week, according to his family. Clemmens infamously vomited on a police oﬃcer and his daughter at a 2010 Phillies game. His strange mugshot went viral online, leading to the nickname “Pukemon.” Clemmens’ family has set up a GoFundMe account for donations to help pay medical bills. METRO
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Harrison Ford’s injuries on the set of the new “Star Wars” movie may be more severe than producers are letting on. While Ford reportedly hurt his ankle on the London set and is recovering, sources tell the Sun that there’s a lot more to it. “We were told he had some pelvic injuries and may have had a chest X-ray,” says a source, adding that Ford was airlifted to Oxford’s John Radcliffe
Her last album was called “Born to Die,” so maybe we shouldn’t be too shocked by Lana Del Ray being exceptionally morbid. But her latest proclamation is sounding alarm bells. “I wish I was dead already,” she tells the Guardian, after comparing herself to some late heroes like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. When the interviewer tries to get her to walk back the outrageous statement, Del Ray counters with, “I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.” So what doesn’t she want to keep doing? “Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming.”
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Hospital after a piece of the Millennium Falcon unexpectedly fell on him. “There’s talk his ankle is actually broken. And he may still be in the hospital. The cast is livid. They are openly questioning the safety of sets. They’ve asked for everything to be triple-checked.” Ford’s wife, Calista Flockhart, has reportedly rushed to London to be by his side while he recovers.
Angelina Jolie now has an English title. The actress and filmmaker received the title of Dame from Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in the annual list of birthday honors this weekend. Jolie was recognized for her work
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fighting against sexual violence in war zones. “To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie says in a statement. “Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.” Daniel Day-Lewis and Maggie Smith were also recognized.
It’s a girl, Kelly Clarkson told Twitter over the weekend. The pop star gave birth to her ﬁrst child on Thursday and named her River Rose Blackstock. She joins such weird, nature-related babynaming celebs as Kate Winslet (who named her son Bear) and Beyonce (who named her daughter Blue Ivy). LASSE E. KRISTIANSEN
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Ice Cube, who played the patience-tested captain in charge of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in â€œ21 Jump Street,â€? is back and grumpier than ever in â€œ22 Jump Street,â€? a sequel well aware of itself. The former N.W.A. rapper fills us in on the new film and the awkward legacy of â€œFâ€” tha Police.â€? What did you think when you saw how much more youâ€™d be doing in this one compared to the ďŹ rst? I liked it, you know? I think people love Capt. Dickson. [Laughs] He talks as much sâ€” as possible, and everybodyâ€™s with it. It was cool just to get the tone right and to do a movie that people dig thatâ€™s fun â€” as fun as the first one. I think our greatest asset is low expectations. But after the success of the ďŹ rst one, it would seem expectations would be pretty high. Yeah, but people in the back of their minds donâ€™t think we could get the sequel as good as the first one. People rarely do. Itâ€™s not easy to include the audience without taking them out of the story,
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AMERICAâ€™S MOST WANTED but [directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller] do a great job of letting people know that weâ€™re making a cheesecake out of a cheesy idea. [Laughs] This kind of movie, the worst thing it could do is take itself too seriously. Are you taking any lessons here as you go into planning a sequel for â€œRide Alongâ€?? Yeah, you know, Iâ€™m a vet at doing sequels, but theyâ€™re hit-and-miss. I think the real page you need to take away from it
is to make sure you do a new movie that can stand on its own two feet and not a movie thatâ€™s borrowing off the first movie, because thatâ€™s when you get lazy and you run into trouble. Some people took the success of â€œRide Alongâ€? as a surprise. How did you feel about that? You know, thatâ€™s cool. [Laughs] I love to be underestimated. It gives me a leg up to get underestimated. And to surpass expectations â€” itâ€™s all glory.
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