Dan Gross: Former NBC 10 anchor Vince DeMentri injured in I-95 crash

The gift of what is the event's signature pink handkerchief is presented to Mayor Nutter by Thom Cardwell, development director, at this year's Philadelphia QFest.
The gift of what is the event's signature pink handkerchief is presented to Mayor Nutter by Thom Cardwell, development director, at this year's Philadelphia QFest. (Photo: QFEST)
Posted: July 11, 2011

BEST WISHES to former NBC 10 anchor Vince DeMentri, who suffered a severe concussion and a broken nose in a Friday night car accident on I-95. DeMentri was traveling on I-95 South just above the Cottman Avenue exit during heavy rain when, he says, a car cut him off and he swerved into an SUV whose driver had jammed on her brakes. DeMentri was treated and released early Saturday from a local hospital and says he believes that his Audi has been totaled and that nobody else was injured in the accident. Efforts to reach the Pennsylvania State Police for additional information yesterday were unsucessful.

Out and about

_ Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and "Bad Girls Club" cast member Nikki Galladay on Friday supported the Philadelphia Passion Lingerie Football League team, which had a promotional party at Redz, in the Northeast. The team and coach Chandler Brown gave away tickets to some upcoming games, and the ladies rode the mechanical bull two, three and even four at a time. The Passion's first home game is Sept. 9 at the Sun National Bank Center.

* Sergeant Slaughter, known to professional wrestling and "G.I Joe" cartoon fans, stopped on Saturday at Legal Sea Foods, at the Philadelphia International Airport, and was happy to take pictures with staff.

* Author Mitch Albom strolled Spruce Street Saturday morning, along with his father. Albom, author of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," and a Detroit newspaper columnist, graduated from Akiba Hebrew Academy, in Merion, and his parents live in town.

* CNBC's Jim Cramer has been hanging out at Parc on Rittenhouse Square of late, where fellow guests are glad to report that the Huntingdon Valley native is much more mellow than on his show "Mad Money."

Schoolly sampled on new song

Philly hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D's "PSK" is sampled into DJ Khaled's new single, "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and Jadakiss.

Food facts

_ Ed Battaglia, a former "Hell's Kitchen" contestant, who is now chef at Ralic's Steakhouse (26 S. Haddon), in Haddonfield, has enlisted a fellow reality TV cook, Toni Walton, a former assistant on "Cake Boss," to produce desserts for the restaurant. Walton, of Cherry Hill, is launching Sweet T's Bakeshop, now cooking out of her home.

* Ben Sargent, host of the Food Network's "Hook, Line and Dinner," will be serving up Bassett's Ice Cream inside the Reading Terminal Market from noon to 5 p.m. on July 27 as part of the Frozen Treat Truck Tour.

Estelle back for Global Fusion

Estelle, who just performed with The Roots at the Wawa Welcome America! Festival, is among headliners of the fifth annual Global Fusion Festival, Saturday at Penn's Landing. Melanie Fiona, Anthony David, Caribbean soca artist Shurwayne Winchester and local dancehall artist TEFF are also performing at the free show, produced by the Multicultural Affairs Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. For info, visit globalfusionfestival.com.

Strauss talks sports book

Author and former Daily News features writer Robert Strauss discusses his new book, "Daddy's Little Goalie," about fathers nurturing their daughters in sports, at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at the Free Library (19th & Vine). His daughter, Ella, will introduce him.

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