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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:40 PM
Two time Olympian and World Bronze medalist figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov attend the Jaguar Chill NY event on August 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Jaguar)
Coatesville's Johnny Weir announced via Twitter that he and husband  Victor Voronov have split after three years of marriage. The famed figure skater, who recently stole the Sochi Olympics with his commentating skills alongside Tara Lipinski, used Weir professionally but had legally changed his last name to Weir-Voronov. Note how his Twitter handle is has changed back to Johnny Weir.

Things haven't always been rosey for the Olympian and his Georgetown law grad hubs. Earlier this month, charges were dismissed against Weir in a domestic assault in which Weir allegedly bit Vornov. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:09 PM
Jane Fonda, 74. (LIONEL CIRONNEAU / Associated Press)

Marta Kauffman, the Broomall-raised mastermind behind "Friends," is bringing two legends to Netflix. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will star in "Grace and Frankie," a 13-part half-hour series about rivals whose husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan to get married. Definitely feeling a bit of an "Odd Couple" vibe here, although with a definite twist.

Tomlin and Fonda are no strangers: They worked together in the 1980 hit "9 to 5," meaning I will keep my fingers crossed for a Dolly Parton cameo. 

Kauffman is working alongside Howard J. Morris, who currently writes and produces TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son." The two worked together on the Kauffman co-created "Dream On."

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POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 10:49 AM
Sheinelle Jones departs Fox 29.

Fox 29 anchor Sheinelle Jones announced she's leaving the station she's been at for nine years this morning at the end of "Good Day Philadelphia." Jones, a 2006 Sexy Single, has been with the station since 2005. Jones was born in Philly, but raised in Witchita. 

Sources within the station tell me that Jones left for pretty much what she told "Good Day" viewers. She wants to spend more time with her family, including son Kayin Ojeh and her twins Clara Josephine and Uche Ade Christian.

During her tenure, Jones was known for her easy on-air rapport with co-host Mike Jerrick. The duo became viral hits after a particularly bad interview with Olympian-turned-failed-reality-star Ryan Lochte.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:51 PM
"The Voice" contestant Audra McLaughlin. (Photo by: (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Philly is just straight up dominating this season of NBC's "The Voice."

Delco's Audra McLaughlin became the fourth contestant from the area to make it through "The Voice's" blind audition process after singing "Angel From Montgomery" by  John Prine (although, Bonnie Raitt's version is perhaps the best known iteration of the song). McLaughlin got a four-chair turnaround from the judges Adam Levine (who turned almost immediately), Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher. It was the only unanimous turnaround of the evening. All vied for McLaughlin but, after going with her gut, she decided on Shelton who gave an impassioned speech about the song's connection his wife Miranda Lambert

McLaughlin is a graduate of Interboro High School and is a student at Delaware County Community College. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:00 AM
Fox29's Steve Keeley almost gets hit by a snow plow.

Fox29's Steve Keeley told me he knew the instant a snow plow pummeled him with snow during Monday's storm, he'd become a viral sensation. Now, he's made it to one of comedy's hallowed grounds: David Letterman's Top Ten list for: Top Ten Thoughts Going Through This Reporter's Mind At This Moment.

Here's the list:

10. "Hey, that snow almost hit me"

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:01 PM
Kenny "The Professional" Duncan cuts Iverson into the back of fan's head

What's the best way to honor Allen Iverson when his jersey was retired by the Sixers last weekend? How about with a sweet hair cut?

Kenny "The Professional" Duncan cut this into a fan's head during the festivities at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. Pretty glorious.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:41 PM
Philly's own Joshua Howard and Lindsay Pagano made it blind auditions through on NBC's "The Voice."

Philly dominated "The Voice" last night with two contestants making it through the blind auditions in the sixth season.

Lindsay Pagano has history in the music biz, including formerly holding a contract with Warner Bros. Claims to fame include touring with Dream Street and Aaron Carter, and singing the theme song for long-forgetten WB show "Maybe It's Me" from 2001. Pagano now works in a doctor's office and performs wedding gigs on the side. She wowed judge Shakira with her version of hometown gal Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade."

Shakira also wanted Joshua Howard, but he chose judge Adam Levine instead after singing "This is What if Feels Like" by Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie. Usually Howard performs in his band, Emjay, with sister Maria, but went at "The Voice" solo. In his bio, he calls his dad his inspiration for raising him and his siblings as a single parent. Aw!

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POSTED: Monday, March 3, 2014, 10:03 AM
Fox29's Steve Keeley almost gets hit by a snow plow.

Fox29's Steve Keeley proved himself quite the trouper this morning while reporting from Salem County, NJ. Keeley was discussing the weather in a peach farm when, just as he was about to cut back to anchors Sheneille Jones and Chris Murphy, a snow plow came and almost took out the "Good Day Philadelphia" reporter, giving Jones a shock. He's still tweeting, so good thing he's okay. Keeley tweeted, "My partner Greg Gilroy got it worse hit direct in chest but also unfazed. Woke him up after long drive from Long Island."

I reached out to Keeley for comment on his near death experience and will report back if he has anything to say.

PhillyMag has the whole affair in GIF form.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
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