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Still parlays only Delaware officials were turned down yesterday for a rehearing on full sports betting by a federal appeals court and now must decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Delaware’s sports betting program is now limited to parlay bets — at least three games — on NFL football.

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‘Learning and Listening Tour’ launches in West, South Philadelphia Sharpton, Gingrich and Education Secretary Anne Duncan tour schools Outside McDaniel Elementary School in Point Breeze, parents and some young people from more troubled neighborhood schools held signs asking “Why don’t you listen and learn from my school?” The question was for the Rev. Al Sharpton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who along with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan yesterday began a long, strange road trip to schools around the country to promote education as “the civil rights fight of the 21st century.” That trip started in Philadelphia yesterday morning at two of the city’s most impressive schools, Mastery Charter School in West Philadelphia and McDaniel, where huge improvements in

Power trio Some of what happened on yesterday’s visit.

More jail time Wharton professor was sentenced to another 25 years in prison yesterday for sex crimes against teenage boys and child pornography. Lawrence Scott Ward, 66, is already serving a 15-year sentence for charges of importing child pornography in Virginia. Ward was also ordered to pay $100,000. METRO

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Reading and math = national security: Gingrich described mediocrity in the classroom as the “second greatest threat to national security.”

math and reading have been made. Both Gingrich and Sharpton answered the question about which schools they chose to visit during a press conference before heading out of town — which occurred after visiting classrooms and holding a meeting with local and state politicians and city school benefactors like music mogul Kenny Gamble. “I am not interested in the schools that are failing,” Gingrich said bluntly when asked why the entourage didn’t visit the city’s extensive collection of struggling schools. “I am interested in seeing why [some] schools are changing.” BRIAN X. McCRONE bmccrone@metro.us

New racism: Twenty-first century racism is “low expectations,” Sharpton said, as people of power try to “keep [poor people] in their place.” Cramming: The three arrived in Philly shortly after first period, visited two schools and were let out at the dismissal bell.

Unlikely allies: The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, shakes hands with Newt Gingrich, while Education Secretary Arne Duncan, rear left, looks on.

Cops: Rape allegation at Penn campus frat A Penn fraternity is under investigation after a 20year-old student reported being raped during a house party this past weekend. The incident allegedly occurred early Saturday morning during a party at the Phi Kappa Sigma house

“We’re looking at it as an allegation. Most of the incident has not been corroborated.” POLICE SPOKESMAN LT. FRANK VANORE

on the 3500 block of Locust Walk. Police have interviewed witnesses, but said no charges have been filed at this point. “We’re being a little guarded at this point,” Vanore said. METRO

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Fire kills brother, sister SOUTH PHILADELPHIA. An early morning fire that killed two elderly residents yesterday is still under investigation. Firefighters put the blaze on the 2400 block of South Warnock Street out in under 20 minutes,

but Madeline Hart, 68, and her brother, Robert Emilio, 73, were both found dead. METRO

Snowball death trial begins CENTER CITY. Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of Jose Mendez, 25, who is accused of killing a 15year-old over throwing a snowball on Feb. 24, 2008. METRO

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Fourteen anti-casino activists were arrested yesterday during a protest at the site of SugarHouse Casino on Delaware Avenue. The demonstrators blocked access to the construction site, where developers plan to break ground next Thursday for an interim casino. The nine men and five women face one count each of failure to disperse, according to a lawyer for Casino-Free Philadelphia. METRO

PATCO expansion talks go on CENTER CITY. PATCO will

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Deadline today for a smarter SEPTA Bids due for SEPTA technology proposals System expected to cost more than $100 million Agency is already upgrading other areas RIKARD LARMA/METRO

Casino protest

Delaware River waterfront to Center City. Three alternatives are currently being studied, including two that would utilize the Franklin Square station, which will be reopened. The event is at 5:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. METRO

The future of transit is inching closer. After multiple delays, SEPTA expects to close the bidding for its new fare technology today, officials said. The agency originally planned to receive all bids last March, but has asked vendors to include alternative funding proposals since SEPTA could take a considerable hit to its capital budget next year if it loses dedicated state funding. The new fare system, which could cost upwards of $100 million, would be cutting edge and allow riders to pay with cell phones, debit or credit cards. The system would eliminate tokens and paper transfers.

Innovation SEPTA would be at the forefront of contactless fare technology when its smart card plans are finally online. Riders would be able to use their cell phones or credit cards to get on trains and buses.

Bids are due today for smarter SEPTA technology.

“We’ll be the first major property to institute open payments,” said John McGee, SEPTA’s head of New Payment Technologies. “All those things add

up to a very diverse, very complicated set of proposals that we expect to see.” After the bids have been received, it will take a few months to evaluate the

proposals before a vendor is selected. The implementation of the system is not expected before 2012. McGee said last week SEPTA has already begun upgrading its fare boxes to be compatible with the new technology. SOLOMON D. LEACH sleach@metro.us


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Still hunting for jobs More than half of Americans between 16 and 24 and not in school don’t have jobs — the highest in 60 years Even for those with advanced degrees, finding work has been a struggle, leading to frustration and doubt RIKARD LARMA/METRO

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After taking out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, most college grads figure they’ll have a nice job waiting for them. But not in this economy. Unemployment among 20-somethings is among the highest of any age group nationally and is particularly high in Philadelphia. Metro gives three young Philadelphians a chance to tell you why you should hire them. CHRISTOPHER WINK

Percent of Americans, ages 16 to 24 (not including students), that are unemployed. It’s the highest since the 1940s, according to a government report released this week.

Bryan Bloom, 25

Vincent Cuevas, 26

Amina Omar, 22

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“The dream is to be working inside the entertainment industry, doing marketing and PR for a TV or radio station.”

“I want to be in the ER or an ICU ... definitely at an urban hospital.”

Something around community development, with interest in issues around food security

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in speech communications, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, May 2006

Bachelor of Science in nursing, Temple University, May 2008

Bachelor of Arts in growth and structure of cities, Bryn Mawr College, May 2008; Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania, May 2009

Experience:

Project manager for marketing research firm Delve; assistant manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; assistant to senior publicist, Allied Advertising

Advanced medical surgical rotation student nurse, Temple University; geriatric rotation, St. Agnes Medical Center; psychiatric rotation, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Care

Planning intern, Frederick County (Maryland) Planning Department; free-lunch coordinator, Frederick County Action Agency

Doing now:

“Working for the government ... on unemployment. But I’m talking to anyone and everyone, passing my résumé along to them all. ... I’m doing it all.”

Working as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Renal Department

“E-mailing, contacting, networking, phone interviews and applying for jobs. I’m living with the parents and looking at taking on part-time work.”

Quoted:

“Because of this market, you can find that someone willing to make the entry-level money at a huge pay cut with a lot more experience because they got laid off somewhere else. ... I was looking for something I could be in for the rest of my life, but now I haven’t been able to find something for even part-time that fits.”

“Even with the economy being down, I didn’t think the health care field would be like that, so I never thought I’d have a problem finding a job out of school. ... Hospitals are telling me they aren’t hiring new grads, but are instead doing an inhouse shift where per diem or part-time folks are taking more work on.”

“There’s always this phantom more qualified person ready to swoop in. I have this awesome degree, but I don’t have that entry-level job [which] has become an internship with this economy. ... Applying for jobs take a lot more energy than I thought it would. Seventy percent of what I apply for is in Philly.”

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Benefit troubles As if it wasn’t hard enough finding work, hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans may soon lose their benefits. Extensions are in the works. {page 10}

Unemployment Percentage of 20-somethings that are unemployed, according to the Keystone Research Center.

14% IN THE PHILADELPHIA REGION

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Pols go to deadline for cash Time is money. And if every dollar counts, then every day counts, too. And so it is that, with the FEC’s third-quarter re-

porting period closing today, candidates and elected officials have been sending out a flurry of fundraising pleas. Expect them to continue up until tonight’s midnight deadline. “Our Republican oppo-

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nents want to stop everything that the president wants to accomplish,” Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Pike wrote in an fundraising e-mail yesterday. “They want to stop the change that our

nation voted for last year. We can’t let them succeed.” Stopping them, of course, entailing contributing “whatever you can.” Republican Pat Toomey wants your money from the other side.

“With only two days before our deadline,” he wrote Monday, “we need to double our efforts and send a message to Washington that we don’t want the government in charge of our health decisions.”

Time is now State Rep.Bryan Lentz (D-Delaware), who is running in the 7th District and has been looking to roll out an impressive haul early on, sent supporters an e-mail Monday that ominously warned “Deadline Approaching.”

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Ahmadinejad opposes cooperation with the West.

TEHRAN. Iran said yesterday it would refuse to discuss a newly declared nuclear plant at forthcoming international talks and cautioned Western powers it could curb cooperation further if they repeated “past mistakes.” An Iranian MP suggested that parliament might advocate withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if tomorrow’s

Geneva talks with major powers fail and “if the Zionists and America continue their pressure on Iran” — a reference to policies including economic sanctions. Washington has suggested possible new sanctions on banking and the oil and gas industry if Tehran fails to assuage Western fears it seeks nuclear weapons. REUTERS

Sarah Shourd is one of three American hikers being held in Iran.

Approved visit Swiss diplomats were allowed yesterday to visit three American hikers detained in Iran. Wrong turn at Baghdad The trio were held after they strayed into Iran from northern Iraq in July. Swiss confirmation “I can confirm ... that Swiss diplomats have had access to and direct contact with the three Americans citizens concerned in Iran today,” said ministry spokesman Lars Knuchel.

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The U.S. Senate Finance Committee yesterday rejected the inclusion of a government-run “public” insurance option — which is backed by President Barack Obama — in its sweeping health care reform bill. Five Democrats joined every Republican on the panel in opposing the government-run option. The issue is expected to be raised again in the full Senate and the House of Representatives. Democratic Chairman WHAT THEY’RE DOING

Canada beats U.S. in care

offers a publicly-funded health care system — 10th out of 16 developed countries, with a “B” grade. The United States was the worst performer, placing 16th and earning a “D” grade. Japan was once again the top-ranking country. Switzerland, Italy and Norway also earned “A” grades. Japan, Canada, Switzerland and Norway all boast some sort of public health care option. REUTERS

Rather suit tossed NEW YORK. CBS won the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Dan Rather, its former network anchorman, who claimed he was fired in the fallout over a story about President George Bush’s military service. Rather filed a $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in 2007, accusing the network of firing him in re-

action to criticism of his election-year report on Bush’s National Guard service. Both sides had asked an appeals panel to overturn rulings by New York Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman. BLOOMBERG

“Who comes first, the insurance companies or the American people?” he asked. Sen. Charles Grassley, the senior Republican on the panel, meanwhile, said the public option would represent a first step toward what he said was the eventual goal of Democrats — a complete government-run health insurance system. “A government-run plan will ultimately drive private insurers out of business,” Grassley said.

Not guilty pleas in NYC plot NEW YORK. Accused wouldbe terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleaded not guilty yesterday to conspiracy charges that he and three others planned to set off a bomb in New York City on this year’s anniversary of Sept. 11. Clad in an orange jumpsuit, Zazi, a 24 year-old Denver resident, sat quietly in federal court in Brooklyn, a calm, relaxed expression on his face. He will be held without bail, in solitary confinement, as the judge deemed him a flight risk and a danger to the community. METRO/CB

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Market Moment A protester is carried away in handcuffs after setting up camp at a health insurance office building yesterday.

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Max Baucus opposed both amendments, and said Democrats could not muster the 60 Senate votes needed to clear Republican procedural hurdles and pass a health care reform bill if it includes the public option. “I can count,” Baucus said. Democratic Sen. John Rockefeller, who offered an amendment to insert a public option, argued prior to the vote that the government-backed approach would give the public more choices and force the insurance industry to compete.

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Jobs lag in recovery Congress mulling 13-week extension of unemployment benefits If no jobs after 13 weeks, then what? Many wonder Some 1.4 million people could lose their benefits by the end of the year if an extension isn’t passed Barbara Carney scours job sites “five hours a day, six days a week.” The 45-yearold Newark, N.J., resident sends dozens of résumés every day. She wakes up in the night and checks her email to see if anyone replied. They rarely do. She is one of the jobless Americans waiting for Congress to pass a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. Yet both the unemployed and experts say the extension is only a Band-Aid. Even amid signs of recovery, economists predict that New York and New Jersey will lag behind the rest of the country. “It’s not enough unless in 13 weeks there will be an abundance of jobs available,” said Carney, who was laid off from her administrative assistant

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job at Prudential Bank in 2008. “People want to work — the great majority of these people are frantically searching for

Bill would aid states hit most

Unemployment 9.7 rate in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is 8.5 percent.

employment.” Carney, who made $45,000 a year at her old job, already exhausted her benefits on July 30. “The fact that the economy is doing better won’t affect the job market,” she said. “So Congress is going to have to come back and do something else.” The House has already passed the measure, but the Senate has yet to act, despite a push from labor groups. CARLY BALDWIN

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People use a career center at a public library in New York.

In its current form, the bill to extend benefits by 13 weeks would only apply to residents of the 27 states where the unemployment rate is above 8.5 percent — that includes Pennsylvania (8.6 percent) and New Jersey (9.7 percent). The bill is expected to pass “will phase out in January regardless,” said Andrew Stettner of the National Employment Law Project. METRO


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What sex might look like in Germany.

Deutschland tops ‘bad lovers’ poll; America at No. 5 No-holds-barred poll ranks sexual prowess by country Spain’s on top for list of the best lovers The good people at OnePoll have apparently never heard the old adage about “saying something nice” — their new survey has outed the nations that harbor the world’s lovers, from worst to best, the Telegraph reports. Germany tops the list — a poll of some 15,000 women has branded the Saxons as the least-capable love makers (apparently due to their foul smell). But OnePoll is an equalopportunity humiliator: Britons were called out at No. 2 for their laziness; Swedes in third for their lack of stamina; Dutch next in line for being too de-

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she shares with her parents, looking to take her as a prize. The militants “started beating my parents and my uncle,” Kauser told the BBC. Kauser apparently then disarmed one of the men using an ax and took his gun. “I fired endlessly. The militant commander got 12 shots on his body.”

An 18-year-old Kashmiri girl has admitted to killing a home-invading insurgent, the BBC reports, using the man’s own gun. Rukhsana Kauser told the British news service that militants Kauser stormed the home

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Germany (apparently are “too smelly”) England (prim and proper, they’re “too lazy”) Sweden (the Scandinavians are “too quick”) Holland (they like wooden shoes and “dominating”) America (we yanks were called out as “too rough”)

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Feds hide war cross The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next week over a cross in the Mojave National Preserve erected to honor the WWI dead. Officials covered the cross as an unconstitutional religious display. METRO

More people would rather 59% have job security than

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With $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit set to expire Nov. 30, real estate brokers are getting a rush of calls Brokers and developers hope the government extends the perk Some economists question the benefits

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Rowena Villaruel’s phone is ringing “nonstop.” Despite the sluggish market, the New York real estate broker said prospective first-time homebuyers “are running” to beat the clock. As Congress considers whether to extend the program, many are rushing to close by the Nov. 30 deadline. The credit — for firsttime buyers who make less than $75,000 for singles and $150,000 for couples — has helped boost sales, but some economists believe the expensive government program is helping people who would have bought anyway. The credit has had very little impact on sales volume, although housing prices have started to rebound in parts of the country, according to Philadelphia-based Econsult vice president Kevin Gillen. “I suspect that potential homebuyers and Washington are in a staring contest right now over the tax credit,” Gillen said. “Many homebuyers are sitting on their hands because they are unsure whether the housing market has truly bottomed.” Those that have taken advantage of the credit are glad they did. “It was time for me to buy,” said Yossi Azulay, 45, who found a $350,000 1bedroom in a luxury condo

Francesco Montagner, 34, and girlfriend Stacy B. Hanley, 28, bought a one-bedroom unit in this unfinished project in New York.

rising in Brooklyn, N.Y. The developer promised Azulay the $8,000 even if the building wasn’t ready to close by the Nov. 30 deadline. Those looking to get the tax break, take note: It typically takes 45 to 60 days to get to closing on a home.

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While the National Association of Realtors is lobbying for an extension of the tax credit, some economists believe many first-time buyers would have taken the plunge regardless.

350,000 NUMBER OF THESE BUYERS THAT WOULD NOT HAVE PURCHASED HOMES WITHOUT THE CREDIT, ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

1.4 Million HOMEBUYERS THAT HAVE USED THE TAX CREDIT SINCE ITS ENACTMENT LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE IRS

The jury is still out on whether the first-time homebuyer tax credit — projected to cost $15 billion — has helped stimulate the economy. Metro talked to Baruch College economics professor Rui Yao about the program: Do you think the money has been well spent?

The credit, with a predetermined deadline, put some buyers over the

fence, and helped to stabilize the housing market. In this sense, the policy was well-designed and has been effective. However, a large chunk of the new home purchases completed through this program is simply taking demand away from future buying. Should the program be extended?

I am sure developers, Realtors and real estate brokers will argue for extension. I don’t think the program should be extended. It’s costly and slowing down market forces to set the price that will clear the housing inventory in the market. … The program adds to government deficits and potentially can contribute to higher income tax rate and inflation. AMY ZIMMER

Homebuyer tips According to IRS.gov and National Association of Home Builders there are a few things you should know if you’re planning on getting the $8,000 firsttime homebuyer tax credit.

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Even if you make over $75,000 as a single person or $150,000 as a couple, you can receive a partial credit. There’s no paperwork or preapproval involved. Just make sure to claim the credit on your tax return for the proper amount. Get the deal done. You cannot claim the credit until the purchase is complete and the transaction must close by Nov. 30. Closing can take as long as 60 days.


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Luis Marcial watched just about every match in the recent U.S. Open tennis championships at Flushing Meadows in New York. And what is more, he was getting paid while he rubbed shoulders with Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer as they played world-class tennis in one of the best show courts on earth. Marcial is the senior coordinator of facility operations at the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Tennis

Center. His background is in operations management, and he knew very little about the USTA until he became a member of the team. “I had no idea that this would be my dream job when I applied for it,” says Marcial, who is enjoying a slightly more relaxed schedule these days as the U.S. Open has just finished. Marcial was working as an operations manager at a student loans company in Manhattan when he applied for the USTA job about a year and a half ago. “I hated my old job, and I was applying for so many jobs just to find something better,” he says. “I actually found this job on Craigslist, and I had no idea when I applied for it what it would involve.” His job includes running surveillance and security in the 11 months of the year when there isn’t a massive tennis championship going on. During the Open, an outside contractor comes in to liaise with the FBI, Secret Service and other agencies that get involved with security for such world-class events. “There is a lot to do but I love it here,” says Marcial. “The things that really make this a cool job are the location and the facilities. I mean I work in the middle of a giant park and I get to play tennis on Arthur Ashe pretty much whenever I want to. It’s awesome.” Marcial is the perfect example of someone who does a fairly ordinary job, but has found an extraordinary organization in a great location, and that makes all the difference. If you have skills that are in demand but you feel like the company you work for is boring, do what he did, and find an interesting employer. It could change your life.

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Going beyond the white picket fence Gone are wholesome sitcoms about the nuclear family New series represent the modern faces of our relatives You’re not going to find the Cleavers on prime time in 2009. OK, so maybe Ward, June, Wally and the Beav are playing out moral les-

‘The Middle’ Premieres tonight at 8:30 on ABC

The title defines a lot about this sitcom — it revolves around Patricia Heaton’s working mom character Frankie, who is middle-aged, middle class, and living in the Midwest. “We have a scene where Frankie throws some frozen pancakes in the microwave and then calls everybody down for breakfast,” admits Heaton. “When I was working a lot, that was totally me.”

sons in reruns. But the “Leave it to Beaver” brand of white-bread humor and the nuclear family the series so quintessentially rep-

‘Modern Family’ Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC

One clan is comprised of families that represent the entire spectrum of the word: The patriarch and his younger new wife and stepson; the “traditional” home of mom, dad and kids; and the gay couple. “The family in America is changing,” says creator Steven Levitan. “It comes in lots of different shapes and sizes now that it perhaps didn’t used to, and I think it’s … fun exploring the differences between them.” AMBER RAY

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resented has given way to a slate of new, refreshingly diverse sitcoms that more realistically reflect what “family” represents today.

‘Brothers’ Fridays at 8 p.m. on Fox

A retired football star moves back with his parents to help keep his paraplegic brother’s restaurant afloat. “I never would think, ‘Well, I’m going to link up with a football player to go do a sitcom,’” says Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, who plays the ying to Michael Strahan’s NFL player yang. “But now we’ve got a built-in story. ... It was like he made me whole, and I made him human.”

Clockwise from top left: “The Middle,” “Brothers,” and three families from “Modern Family”

“We created it because we felt like there wasn’t that family show out there anymore.” DEANN HELINE, CREATOR OF “THE MIDDLE”


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Like O’Malley promised, the Monkeys are hairier.

Monkeys give raw ‘Humbug’ Contrary to what one may think, British foursome the Arctic Monkeys didn’t have Ebenezer Scrooge in mind when they titled their third album “Humbug.” Bassist Nick O’Malley says that a humbug is a hard candy with a soft toffee center popular in the

Go live O’Malley guarantees that an Arctic Monkeys live performance will still include the energy and intensity the band is known for: “There’s a lot of hair these days,” he says. “A lot more hair than there ever was before. And then a very aggressive young man on drums hitting the drum kit hard. And then the other three are just trying to look cool and enjoying it.”

Smooth city just got a new Mayer Don’t judge a soul by its color Michigan-based throwback artist Mayer Hawthorne can croon and whisper sweet nothings like it’s 1979 DOUG COOMBE

It’s annoying when hugely successful artists say that they didn’t really want all that fame. It was an accident, they claim, with a shrug and an incredulous smile. But in the case of throwback soul singer Mayer Hawthorne, we kind of believe him. “This singing soul music, it never occurred to me that it might be a path for me,” says the Ann Arbor, Mich. native, who was DJing and performing with a hip-hop group before his success with the recently released LP, “A Strange Arrangement.” “You have to keep in mind that I had never

“That’s what we thought about the album: You have to suck it for a while.” O’MALLEY

U.K., and it shares some similarities with his band’s latest release, which dropped at the end of August. “The humbug is a candy, like a sweet that you have to suck on,” says O’Malley. “And that’s what we thought about the album: You have to suck it for a while.”

Soul-rolled Is Mayer Hawthorne the Rick Astley of soul?

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Mayer Hawthorne surveys his funky soul.

His answer: “When people are surprised at the way that I look ... hopefully people have an open mind and are focusing more on the music and not the way that I look or the color of my skin.”

planned on having this released or heard by the public. The songs were really just for myself and family and close friends.” From Hawthorne’s high falsetto to his deep Barry White-esque lover man monologues midsong — things like, “I gotta tell it like it is, I don’t want to make this any harder than it has to be, so don’t cry” — this indie punk recreates ’70s soul with obsessive authenticity. We wondered if any of it bordered on parody, which Hawthorne firmly denies. “Just from immersing myself in that music for the past 15 years or whatever, certain things just start to sound normal and natural,” he says of his crooning.

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The show will now focus on Kate and “her journey as a single mother building the next chapter in her life.” As for Jon, he will continue to appear on the show, just on a less-regular basis (kind of like what he does now with his kids). So, to recap: Kate has just agreed to star in a new dating show. Jon will continue his downward spiral into grossness. And the kids (which everyone seems to forget about, including their parents) will need therapy for years and years to come. GETTY IMAGES

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‘Hank’ COMEDY. Kelsey Grammer brings his pompous intellectual shtick to this sitcom about a CEO forced out of his job and glamorous Manhattan lifestyle who must start over

Grammer stars in “Hank.”

in rural Virginia and — gasp! — reconnect with the wife and kids he never quite had

time for in the big city. Series premiere 8 p.m., ABC

as a former classmate of Will (Matthew Morrison). 9 p.m., Fox

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COMEDY. Kristin Chenoweth! Singing! We may be excited but we’re not entirely surprised that the bubbly star with the gorgeous pipes found her way onto this show, guest starring tonight

DRAMA. Veronica attempts to patch things up with her husband by moving back in with him. Too bad their house needs just as much rehabbing. 8 p.m., NBC AMBER RAY


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Letting the color of someone’s skin dictate your entire impression of them is the pinnacle of ignorance, and allowing that ignorance to effect children is abhorrent. But the “all created equal” tenet suffers a body blow each time “they’re racist” hammers are wielded irresponsibly.

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The first thing Jeremiah Trotter did yesterday was call Tracy White. He needed to make sure he’d be wearing his old No. 54 jersey when he takes the practice field next week. “I’ll be wearing 54,” Trotter said. “I worked out a deal with Tracy.” Trotter signed a oneyear deal with the Eagles for the league minimum. Quarterback Jeff Garcia

“I had a couple of dreams I was playing for the Eagles again. It sounded crazy then, it sounds crazy now.” TROTTER

was released to make room. Trotter, 32, had knee surgery in 2007 after being cut by Tampa Bay. The linebacker said he has “at least three years” left in him.

“I’m more explosive, got my speed back and my knees feel great,” Trotter said. “I’m looking forward to contributing in that first game [Oct. 11].” Trotter said he expects to be used as a run-stopper on first and second downs, maybe in a rotation with starter Omar Gaither. “We’ve talked,” Trotter said. “Omar and I will help each other.” MIKE GREGER

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Team tops Astros after Manuel holds rare, closed-door meeting Magic number down to one Charlie Manuel wanted to make sure the whispers of 1964 didn’t get any louder. So the manager held a rare, closed-door meeting in the clubhouse before last night’s home game against the Houston Astros. The result? The Phillies exploded for seven runs, including a grand slam off the bat of Pedro Feliz, in a 7-4 win. Following an Atlanta loss, their magic number to win the NL East is down to one game with five to play. The impetus to Manuel’s meeting was his club’s September swoon, which saw the Phillies’ lead in the NL East shrink to four games over the Braves. Prior to last night, Atlanta had won seven in a row and 15 of their last 17 after entering the month only three games above .500. Meanwhile, the Phils had dropped five of their last seven. “He made it simple: Win

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three games with six to play,” Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. “That was the message.” Manuel didn’t yell at his players, but he did stress the importance of wrapping the division up. “I don’t look ahead as far as thinking about the playoffs,” Manuel said. “You can’t be thinking you’ve got something until you’ve got it. We want to win our division and participate in the World Series.” ANDY JASNER

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Cavaliers guard and Saint Joseph’s alum Delonte West was an unexcused, no-show at the team’s first training camp practice yesterday morning. Arrested on Sept. 17 for gun possession in Maryland, West had said he was focused on basketball at the team’s media day on Monday. The troubled guard is due in court on Nov. 20. METRO


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JASON McINTYRE SPORTS@METRO.US

It’s wonderful ESPN has taken a keen interest in soccer. We couldn’t be more thrilled about next summer’s World Cup. The best part? The ridiculously inane stories that trickle out.

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ike this one: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, by all accounts one of the best players in the world, has been cursed by a wizard. This is being reported in the Spanish press without a hint of irony. Real Madrid received a letter from a magician warning that he had been contracted to cast a spell that would inflict injury on Ronaldo. The club is not taking it seriously, but Ronaldo had been on a goalscoring tear for Real Madrid, and that ended over the weekend. There has been plenty

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of “curse” chatter in the U.S. — the Cubs are cursed, the Red Sox and Phillies were cursed — but we can’t remember a time when a wizard was involved. Anyone know what Gandalf is up to these days?

‘Steel’-ing the spotlight? Eventful year for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right? He won the Super Bowl by throwing a game-winning touchdown in the final minute. Just prior to this season, he was accused of raping a hotel worker in Nevada. Her lawyers went so far as to ask for a list of every woman Roethlisberger has slept with. Surely this situation had to strain Roethlisberger’s relationship with actress Missy Peregrym. Then, Roethlisberger appeared on Shaq’s reality show. (This seems like the move of someone seeking fame, but the quarterback already has it.) Now, he’s set to appear as the host of “WWE Raw” next week. (In case you’re wondering, the Steelers are 1-2). With all these distractions, does anyone really expect the master of comebacks to get the Steelers back to the playoffs? It certainly won’t be easy catching Baltimore, which has looked mighty impressive in the first three weeks.

Odom and Kardashian

Sisters behaving badly Are you sick of the Kardashian trio yet? They’re similar to the infectious disease known as the Hiltons. The women belong to that “famous for being nothing” subset that has sprang up thanks to reality TV. One of the Kardashians, Khloe, got married over the weekend to Lakers forward Lamar Odom (BTW: the Lakers won the NBA title in July), and now there are reports suggesting sister Kim is dating Reggie Bush again. Imagine that! The Saints are being discussed as Super Bowl contenders, and now the publicity-hungry, space cadet is suddenly back in the picture. All these moves reek of desperation, and if these sisters continue their assault on sports, we may be forced to ban them from this space. – Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular blog, The Big Lead (TheBigLead.com). Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Send 400-word submissions to letters@metro.us.

Athletes a-Twitter Love it or hate it, Twitter has become part of the 24-hour sports news cycle. Here are some real entries from some of our favorite athletes this week:

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Ashley Battle @The_Battle_Zone LMAO HAHAHAHAHA RT @hbednorz: LOL. Just saw an blip that said K & Lamar’s vows were “unique.” What? Till death do our contracts expire? 1:02 PM Sept 28 via Echofon Morris Peterson @mopete24, EXCITED ABOUT CAMP 2MOR, LIKE A KID GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ... GOT MY PRACTICE GEAR LAYED OUT ALREADY... 11:12 PM Sept 28 via web Michael Waltrip @mw55, macy was born 12 yrs ago at 638am. we are going to Bob Evans to celebrate at 630. i stayed up all night the night she was born. not tonight! 12:20 AM Sept 29 via web


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Anthropologie’s buyer-at-large, Keith Johnson, takes us on a global shopping tour From Paris’ flea markets to the bazaars of India ©SUNDANCE CHANNEL

“You should hire me!” is something Keith Johnson, Anthrolopogie’s buyer-atlarge, hears a lot. It’s because the man has the coolest job ever. He travels the world shopping — from flea markets in Paris to bazaars in India to an artist booth on the roadside in Africa — combing various cities for beautiful, one-of-akind objects, furniture and textiles to display in Anthropologie, the mecca for shabby-chic clothing and home decor. Now you can see Johnson on his escapades during a new eight-part series on Sundance called “Man Shops Globe.” Watch him hunt and bargain down beautiful Victorian dressers and lust-inducing chandeliers, then get ready to send him your résumé.

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The scoop How did he get his job? Back when there was only one location of Anthropologie (in Wayne, Pa.), Johnson’s partner, Glen Senk — who was president of the store at the time and is now CEO of parent company Urban Outfitters — noticed customers taking

Shop like the best Johnson’s flea market tips: “Know what you should ultimately spend even before you even start bargaining —because once you start it becomes more about the bargaining and less about what you really want.”

interest in the vintage items on display. Senk asked Johnson, an avid vintage shopper, to find antiques that customers could buy. “It became really popular and helped set the tone for the store,” says Johnson, who now acquires all one-of-a-kind items for Anthropologie’s 123 locations.

“Train yourself to walk away. Remember, you can always go back if it doesn’t work.” “Never criticize people’s merchandise or point out cracks. The reality is the merchant always knows that and they factor it in. It’s irritating to knock someone’s merchandise as a way to get a better price.”

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“For me the biggest inspiration right now is color,” Johnson says. “I feel like we got so tonal in the last several years. Everything is a bit too industrial — too steel and metal.” Before you go to a new city how do you research where to shop?

“The best thing is identifying someone you really respect and have a high regard for in the place, and follow the tread,” he says. “If someone is on to something they’ll always know the other people who are.” METRO/TC

On Johnson’s shopping list This bedding pattern is a mix of so many different influences that I’m absolutely loving it. Wildfield Bedding, $168-$228, www. anthropologie.com

In a new kind of “building botany,” architects attach saplings to a support structure. The trees age, the structure is removed, and a tree house is born. BLOOMBERG

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For a pop-arty addition to your living room, look no farther than CB2’s sol pendant lamp — it screams ’70s Scandinavia. ABBA not included ($99, CB2.com). METRO

“I love the B&W Zeppelin iPod stereo player. It’s distinct looking and has amazing sound.” $600, www.amazon.com

“I love the hanging work lights at Anthropologie. I can see them hanging all over my kitchen!” Mechanic’s Beacon light, Small flower, $148 www.anthropologie.com

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