IT SEEMS Fort Knox was hit not once, but twice Tuesday. Just hours after two armed men held up a
campaign office in the Northeast, making off with $350, a Knox satellite office in Germantown was burglarized.
Thieves made off with around $7,000 from a Knox outpost at 5800 Germantown Ave., sources say. Knox press secretary Susan Madrak yesterday confirmed the burglary, but could not specify the amount that went missing.
A campaign staffer had a disagreement with a man who was supposed to distribute money to poll workers, Madrak said. The staffer told the man that the money would be locked in the office overnight and that they would resolve the problem yesterday morning, she said. However, about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the money vanished.
One of Knox's campaign vans also vanished on Tuesday.
"We are trying to locate it," Madrak said yesterday.
Knox's volunteers were a rag-tag crew of characters who were after some quick cash, says one source who suspects both thefts were inside jobs. Daily News columnist John M. Baer wrote yesterday that on Tuesday afternoon Knox worried that the campaign would "get hit again," and told an aide, driving with $300,000 cash, to carefully conceal the loot.
DeVito takes the mound
Danny DeVito will throw out the first pitch on June 3 when the Phillies take on Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants at Citzens Bank Park. The actor will be in town shooting scenes for FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The show's creator and star, Rob McElhenney, a South Philly native and St. Joe's Prep grad, will also toss out a ball at the Phils game. McElhenney plans to be in town for at least a week.
¿Qué pasa con 104.5?
Qué lastima for fans of Rumba 104.5 FM. Clear Channel yesterday flipped the Spanish-themed music station to an alternative-rock format with the ultra-creative name Radio 104.5. The station hopes listeners will log onto Radio1045.com and tell the station what they want to hear and suggest local bands that should be heard on the new station.
Skin Radio, formerly WHAT (1340 AM), has a similar format.
Actress lands on 'Cavemen'
After striking out with her last five pilots, Stephanie Lemelin, daughter of former Flyers goalie, now goaltending coach Reggie Lemelin, has finally scored.
The South Jersey-raised actress is in the cast of ABC's upcoming "Cavemen," a series based on the trio of Neanderthals from the Geico commercials.
Lemelin, 27, a Penn grad, told us yesterday that the Geico gecko is not a cast member. In July, Lemelin will marry A.J. Draven, her boyfriend of four years. He's a martial artist/movie producer and produced "The Thirst," a "martial arts/vampire movie" as Lemelin calls it, in which she appears.
Reggie says he couldn't be more proud of his daughter.
Dine, Eagles, dine
The beautiful Water Works Restaurant and Lounge was closed to the public Monday for an Eagles front-office party. Andy Reid, Joe Banner, Jeffrey Lurie, Tom Heckert, Marty Morningweg and Jimmy Johnson were just a handful of the folks in attendance.
King's daughter's last words
NBC 10's Monique Braxton didn't know the interview she taped Saturday with Yolanda King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, would be the actress and advocate's last.
King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 51. NBC 10 aired the piece, taped at St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, where King was speaking about stroke prevention. Her mother, Coretta Scott King, had a stroke in August 2005, five months before her death.
* This Saturday Braxton hosts the Urban League's Song of Equality Gala at the Pennsylvania Convention Center honoring Trudy Pitts Carney and William "Mr. C" Carney. Jeffrey Osborne performs. Tix are $40 and available by calling 215-893-1999. *