Two very personal stories are our focus this morning. The first follows Ryan Straschnitzki, the hockey player whose life was changed forever by a deadly April bus crash. His recovery journey has taken him from Canada to Philadelphia. The second is that of Johnny Bobbitt, whose feel-good story of new beginnings has been torn asunder by battles over the money raised for him — a battle that still isn't over. And, in case you forgot, (how could you?) tonight the Eagles start their drive for another world championship. Go Birds.
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On April 6, a bus carrying the Humboldt Bronco Canadian junior hockey team was traveling to a playoff game when it collided with a semi-trailer truck.
Sixteen people on the bus died. Ryan Straschnitzki, 19, miraculously survived but suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the arms down.
His road to recovery brought him from Saskatchewan all the way to Philadelphia, where, thanks to Shriners Hospital for Children, he's defined his new normal.
The story of Johnny Bobbitt is a cautionary tale. Late last year the homeless man’s act of kindness inspired $400,000 in crowdfunding.
Now the couple who organized the GoFundMe campaign in his name is invoking the Fifth Amendment and no-showing court hearings over where all that money has gone.
But Limerick is not alone. Throughout Philly's suburbs, private operators and local governments are battling over who will own public water systems and who will foot the bill.
What a colorful way to beat the heat, @anthony.pezzotti!
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