Stay Golden: Mural Arts head honcho and the case of the stolen iPhone

C.F. SANCHEZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Philly-raised rapper Meek Mill yesterday visits the site of the Gesner Street fire that killed four children in Southwest Philadelphia on Saturday. More fire coverage, Page 5.
C.F. SANCHEZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Philly-raised rapper Meek Mill yesterday visits the site of the Gesner Street fire that killed four children in Southwest Philadelphia on Saturday. More fire coverage, Page 5.
Posted: July 10, 2014

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN you help Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program, find her stolen iPhone?

You get a free mural tour.

Golden was walking alone after work around 26th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue on June 30 when she felt a sharp shove from behind. When she recovered from the quick shock, she saw a boy, about 15 years old, wearing baggy shorts and blue underwear, run past with her iPhone in tow.

Golden enlisted the help of a nearby jogger and a couple, who helped Golden call the cops. When the officers arrived on the scene, they all took chase using an iPhone-tracking app.

As they raced around in search of the iPhone, Golden couldn't help herself and started to point out murals in the area to her amateur-sleuthing compatriots, much to the chagrin of the officers who had to remind Golden to keep alert rather than, say, explain the history and significance of the murals and public art they passed by.

"I just couldn't help myself!" Golden said.

Eventually the suspect was apprehended and Golden got her iPhone back.

The next day, the District Attorney's Office called to alert Golden to when she would need to testify against the first-time offender. Golden asked whether the kid could do his community service at Mural Arts.

The rep from the D.A.'s office laughed, Golden said.

" 'We were taking bets to see how long it would take Jane Golden to ask that,' " Golden relayed.

Black Thought denies profanity  

The Roots' Black Thought, a/k/a Tariq Trotter, went to Twitter to defend the July Fourth Wawa Welcome America concert that he and his bandmates curated, which drew ire for its alleged use of inappropriate language.

"Annoyed by negative press regarding @philly4jam. I didn't curse. Nor did I hear [ Nicki] Minaj curse. She came close but omitted syllables etc," the Roots' vocalist tweeted. "I hear they were even bleeping @ edsheeran. C'mon son! Just because there's a bleep doesn't mean there was profanity. #wack"

Bernstein leaves CBS3

CBS3 general-assignment reporter Jenn Bernstein is ending her short tenure in Philly. Bernstein, who joined the station in 2012, is leaving for what I hear is a job in another market that hasn't been announced yet.

Meek's new album

North Philly-born-and-bred rapper Meek Mill announced the release date of his new album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." It drops Sept. 9. Yesterday, Mill also visited the site of the tragic fire on Gesner Street in Southwest Philadelphia that left four children dead.

'Franken' Philly

The Philadelphia episode of Tony Luke Jr.'s "Frankenfood" will air Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on Spike TV. Along with Luke and chef Josh Capon, Molly Malloy's Bobby Fisher will serve as a guest judge, adjudicating the quality of amateur chefs trying to come up with decidedly different food products.

Krysiuk weds

Longtime Philly traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, who has been working in the Boston area as of late, tied the knot with fiance Brian McKeon over the weekend in Rhode Island. Krysiuk worked for both NBC10 and Fox 29 before decamping to the Boston area.

OUT AND ABOUT

Kate Flannery of "The Office" was spotted in Ocean City, N.J., attending St. Francis Cabrini Church (114 Atlantic Ave.) on Sunday with her father, Tom Flannery, and some local friends.


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