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1 big thing: A very Philly love story

Shamus Clancy (right) proposed to Ashley Suder Friday, four years after they kissed for the first time at the Eagles Super Bowl Parade in 2018. Photo courtesy of Shamus Clancy

It all started with a tweet. Then a first kiss at the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl parade. And now the most Philly love story of all time has come full circle.

What's happening: Four years ago, two Philly sports fans celebrating the Eagles' first-ever Super Bowl win recreated the famous photo of a World War II sailor kissing a dental assistant in Times Square.

  • On Friday, the couple returned to that same spot. But this time, the kiss ended on bended knee.

Flashback: On Feb. 4, 2018, Philly sports writer Shamus Clancy tweeted the 1945 photo most well-known as "The Kiss," saying facetiously, "me and your girl on Broad Street."

  • Ashley Suder tweeted back saying she'd be willing to recreate the picture at the parade.
  • They took the picture and have been together ever since.
Shamus Clancy (left) and Ashley Suder recreate the 1945 World War II kissing photo. Photo courtesy of Enzo Siciliano

How it happened: Clancy popped the question after Friday's Sixers game. The duo stopped to get drinks with friends at the Pub on Passyunk East, near where they first met.

  • Clancy walked Suder to the corner of South Broad and Federal streets and asked her if she wanted to recreate their picture.
  • They did, and that's when Clancy got down on one knee and asked, "Will you marry me?"

What they're saying: Clancy told Axios he'd been planning the proposal for over a month.

  • "She gives me the strength and guidance to become a better person," Clancy said of his fiancΓ©e.
  • Suder described her relationship with Clancy as something that was "just meant to be."

Plus: She loves their mutual bond over Philly sports.

  • "We turn into outrageous people over watching sports," Suder said. "We scream our heads off, and it is just so fun to be able to do that with someone else."

Of note: The original Alfred Eisenstaedt picture became controversial after it was discovered the sailor kissed the woman without consent.

  • In the Clancy-Suder love story, Suder was the one with the idea, and the two mutually met up to take the plunge.

What's next: The couple said they'll likely wed some time next year.

  • "Maybe it'll have some type of Eagles theme β€” who knows? It can be at the Linc and have Nick Foles or Jason Kelce officiate our wedding," Suder said while laughing.

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2. Henon could lose pension following conviction

Former City Councilmember Bobby Henon walks to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2021. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Former City Councilmember Bobby Henon already lost his office, and now he's at risk of losing his city pension.

State of play: Henon, who resigned Thursday following his federal conviction, is on track to receive a more than $4,500 monthly pension, starting at age 55, for his decadelong career on the council. He's 53.

Yes, but: City and state laws allow for the forfeiture of public pensions for employees convicted of crimes related to their public office or employment.

  • The Kenney administration has requested a legal opinion from the city's Law Department over the matter, which is a standard process, city spokesperson Kevin Lessard said on Friday.

How it works: The city's Board of Pensions and Retirement ultimately decides whether to disqualify a public employee from receiving their pension.

  • But the agency must first receive a legal opinion from the Law Department on the matter.

What they're saying: The board's executive director Francis Bielli said they haven't received a legal opinion as of Friday.

  • But Lessard said the board is "likely" to decide the fate of Henon's pension at its Jan. 27 virtual meeting.

Of note: Henon and his lawyer didn't return requests seeking comment.

  • The former councilmember is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22.
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3. Fire in Center City high-rise

Smoke billows from One Commerce Square in Center City on Sunday. Video screenshot courtesy of Jennifer Chominski

A fire at One Commerce Square sent smoke billowing over Center City Sunday morning.

  • The blaze at 20th and Market streets was coming from the cooling tower on the roof of the high-rise at around 11:15am, according to a Philadelphia Fire Department spokesperson.
  • The fire was contained to the roof and placed under control at 11:37am. No injuries were reported.
4. News Market

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πŸ€ The 76ers blew a 24-point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Worse yet, Sixers coach Doc Rivers drew outrage from some fans for fending off a question about how much of the loss could be attributed to coaching. (The Associated Press)

✏️ City Council President Darrell Clarke has finally unveiled a proposal to redraw legislative boundaries following weeks of closed-door negotiations, but the plan could face legal challenges. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

πŸ“– John McWhorter, the author of "Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America," talks to Philadelphia weekly Chestnut Hill Local about growing up in Mt. Airy. (Chestnut Hill Local)

5. Screen Time with Timaree Schmit

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Timaree Schmit knows sex.

Better known as Dr. Timaree, Schmit β€” who has a doctorate in human sexuality education β€” has worked as a peer sex educator and HIV prevention counselor, and now she hosts the "Sex With Timaree" podcast.

  • Schmit is also a Philly burlesque dancer, performing under the stage name HoneyTree Evil Eye.

We chatted with Schmit for our recurring Screen Time series. Read on for her media picks:

πŸ“± Device of choice: I'm an Android babe, so I've got a Galaxy S10.

πŸ‘‡ First tap of the day: Depends on the urgency of the notifications, but Instagram is usually something enjoyable enough.

🎧 Podcast queue: Since I've already listened to every episode of "Criminal," I have now moved on to "Crime Show."

⏯ Currently streaming: I'm rewatching the original "Dexter." I've seen the whole thing, so I know what I'm up against in terms of the final seasons.

πŸ“š Reading list: I'm obsessed with Mary Roach, and a friend got me her latest book, "Fuzz," which is great.

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