Remember When Flash Mobs Were Something Silly People Did Before Howard Dean Rallies?

Not-so-happy goings-on in the neighborhood of my office over the weekend:

A WOMAN’S leg was broken and several other people were injured Saturday night when a large group of teens accosted pedestrians in Spring Garden, police and witnesses said.
Philadelphia police responded to two reports of pedestrians being assaulted by a large group of young people along Broad Street about 9:30 p.m.
One of those reports came from Emily Guendelsberger, 27, city editor for local arts and entertainment content for the Onion, the satirical newspaper and website. She was walking with seven friends on Green Street near Broad when they were accosted, she said. Guendelsberger, who remained hospitalized with a broken leg yesterday, declined to comment further.

Not only did this happen about two blocks from where I work, but the police union headquarters is about a block away, and I happen to know the police commissioner favors a pizza place that’s right there too.
Emily, thankfully, appears in good spirits, and her Twitter is worth a follow.

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