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  • Woman struck by Broad Street SubwayWoman struck by Broad Street Subway

    SEPTA officials are investigating an accident on the Broad Street Subway line's Allegheny Station.

    6abc.com / 1 min. ago
  • Jury selected for Allentown mayor's trialJury selected for Allentown mayor's trial

    A jury has been selected for next week's federal corruption trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

    6abc.com / 9 min. ago
  • AccuWeather: Snow expected for Wednesday morning rushAccuWeather: Snow expected for Wednesday morning rush

    AccuWeather is tracking a fairly light snow event for most of our area.

    6abc.com / 16 min. ago
  • Parents say college student killing may have been hate crimeParents say college student killing may have been hate crime

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student killed and buried in a California park said Tuesday that the killing may have been a hate crime against their gay son.

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 19 min. ago
  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-USThe top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending January 14, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 22 min. ago
  • California couple's ordinary home held torture chamberCalifornia couple's ordinary home held torture chamber

    PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in the Los Angeles suburb of Perris with their 12 children.

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 23 min. ago
  • The Latest: Snow falling in Atlanta's northern suburbsThe Latest: Snow falling in Atlanta's northern suburbs

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather in the U.S. (all times local):

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 24 min. ago
  • Former teacher, classmate recall alleged killer of Penn student as humorless and strangeFormer teacher, classmate recall alleged killer of Penn student as humorless and strange

    "I never thought I was looking into the 15-year-old eyes of a killer," said Philip Schwadron, who taught acting to accused murderer Samuel Lincoln Woodward.

    Philly.com / 27 min. ago
  • Lawyer: Charges possible in connection with Vegas shootingLawyer: Charges possible in connection with Vegas shooting

    Charges could be filed in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman responsible for killing 58 people is dead, a lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge Tuesday.

    Philly.com / 28 min. ago
  • Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in MississippiCivil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there.

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 30 min. ago
  • The Latest: Defense attorney admits client killed deputiesThe Latest: Defense attorney admits client killed deputies

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of two Northern California sheriff's deputies (all times local):

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 34 min. ago
  • Suit targets California utilities over deadly mudslidesSuit targets California utilities over deadly mudslides

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two utilities were sued Tuesday for the widespread destruction from last week's deadly mudslides that were caused when hillsides ravaged by California's largest-ever wildfire let loose in heavy rain.

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 36 min. ago
  • Pilot carves message into frozen lake for sky-high proposalPilot carves message into frozen lake for sky-high proposal

    A pilot from Minnesota took to the air to propose to his longtime girlfriend.

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  • Philadelphia Museum Of Art To Take Over City’s Antiques & Art ShowPhiladelphia Museum Of Art To Take Over City’s Antiques & Art Show

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sponsorship of the long-running Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show is changing hands, shifting from a hospital fund-raiser to benefiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The show was founded in 1962 to support the work of Penn Medicine, and raised about $250,000 last year. At this year’s edition, April 20-22 at the Navy Yard, 11th Street and Kittyhawk Avenue, joint beneficiaries of the show will be Penn Medicine and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To that end, more fine art galleries have been added to the list of exhibitors. Museum president Gail Harrity expects visitors will see a wider spectrum of art represented, including more contemporary art among the antiques. “The museum has a broad existing audience of people interested in antiques and art,” she said. The Museum is expected to assume full responsibility for running, and benefiting from the event, in 2019. Dozens of antiques dealers and art galleries will exhibit Colonial through mid-century pieces, what they consider the best selections in Americana. They include period furniture and furnishings, decorative arts, jewelry, silver, ceramics, textiles and fine art. It remains one of the most prestigious shows of its kind in the country, attracting collectors, designers, first-time buyers…and browsers. For more information on how you can get tickets to this year’s Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show click here.

    CBSlocal.com / 39 min. ago more
  • Montgomery County Man Arrested, Charged With Fatally Stabbing 62-Year-Old WomanMontgomery County Man Arrested, Charged With Fatally Stabbing 62-Year-Old Woman

    BRIDGEPORT, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities have arrested and charged a 51-year-old man for allegedly stabbing a 62-year-old woman to death in Montgomery County on Monday afternoon. Credit: (CBS3) James Puia of Bridgeport faces first-degree murder and related charges in the death of Donna Marie Donato, whom Puia says he was dating, according to a document released Tuesday by  Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Bridgeport Borough Police responded to the incident around 3:06 p.m. in the 200 block of DeKalb Street Bridge on Monday. They reportedly found Puia with blood on his face and hands. Police found Donato by the northbound walkway of the bridge. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office concluded Donato died from multiple stab wounds she suffered. Puia was denied bail. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. January 30.

    CBSlocal.com / 39 min. ago more
  • A Rape Suspect's Mugshot Created Using a DNA SampleA Rape Suspect's Mugshot Created Using a DNA Sample

    It’s the stuff of science fiction, but Pennsylvania officials are hoping DNA testing will lead them to the man suspected of raping a 19-year-old jogger in broad daylight.Photo Credit: NBC10 This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

    NBC 10 / 40 min. ago
  • Ohio businessman given deportation stay taken into custodyOhio businessman given deportation stay taken into custody

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio businessman who has lived in the United States for 38 years and had been granted a temporary stay of deportation to his native Jordan was taken into custody Tuesday by federal immigration officials.

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 40 min. ago
  • Nuns want religious freedom trial over Lancaster pipeline on their landNuns want religious freedom trial over Lancaster pipeline on their land

    Attorneys for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are set to appear before the panel to argue that the pipeline, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "represents a gross violation of their deeply held religious convictions."

    Philly.com / 41 min. ago
  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet trainCost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The estimated cost for the first phase of California's bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco…

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 44 min. ago
  • The Latest: Lawyer says decision to hold businessman 'nasty'The Latest: Lawyer says decision to hold businessman 'nasty'

    BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio businessman fighting possible deportation to Jordan (all times local):

    The Philadelphia Tribune / 46 min. ago
  • Berks County gets light coating of snow early Tuesday, preparing for moreBerks County gets light coating of snow early Tuesday, preparing for more

    The area remains under a winter weather advisory. By this time Wednesday, it's expected that 2 to 4 inches of snow will have fallen across the region.

    6abc.com / 48 min. ago
  • This Is The Cognitive Test The President PassedThis Is The Cognitive Test The President Passed

    By Jen Christensen PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Before President Donald Trump’s physical examination on Friday, Dr. Ronny Jackson had decided he wasn’t going to perform a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he didn’t feel the test was necessary. But the president requested he be tested, anyway. “He actively asked me to include that in it so we did,” Jackson said Tuesday while speaking to reporters about the results of the president’s physical. Trump has faced several questions about his mental fitness to be president. Last week a group of mental health professionals sent an urgent public letter to the president’s doctor requesting he test Trump’s cognitive abilities. At the White House press conference, Jackson said he decided to run what’s called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, known as MoCA. It is a well-known and well-tested assessment that doctors can quickly use to detect “mild cognitive dysfunction,” according to the test instructions. “It does rule out the need to do any other cognitive assessment,” Jackson said. Philly Coffee Shop Selling ‘Sh*Thole Blend’ To Help Local Immigrants The 30-point test takes about 10 minutes and asks the patient to perform a simple batch of memory and mental tasks. The tasks include drawing a line between a number and a letter in ascending order. To test visuoconstructional skills. The patient is asked to draw a clock and put numbers on it, and to draw a cube. The patient is tested on naming and is asked to give the name of animals drawn on a test page. In addition, there is a memory test involves the doctor reading a list of five words at a rate of one per second and the patient is asked to remember as many words as they can in any order. The doctor and patient repeat the word test one more time. The doctor will then let the patient know that they will be asked about the words again at the end of the exam. Next, the exam looks at a person’s ability to pay attention. The doctor will say some numbers and the patient is supposed to repeat them in the order that they hear them. The doctor will then ask the patient to repeat another set of numbers backward. The examiner then will read a list of letters and every time they say the letter A, the patient will tap once. Patients’ math skills get a work out, as they are asked to count by subtracting seven from 100 and keep subtracting seven until the doctor tells them to stop. Sentence repetition is the next skill tested. The examiner will read a sentence and the patient is supposed to repeat it. Verbal fluency gets tested as well. A doctor asks the patient to say as many words that begin with a single letter given by the doctor. Abstract thought is then tested by the doctor, who will ask to explain what a certain pair of words have in common. For example, a patient may be asked what a banana and an orange have in common. New Air Jordan Sneakers Made With Surprising Twist Finally, delayed recall is tested and the doctor will circle back to the list of words they told the patient in the memory test and the patient is asked to remember as many words as possible. A score of 26 is considered normal. The president did better than that. He aced it and got 30 out of 30. “The president is mentally very sharp, very intact,” Jackson said. “He is fit for duty.” Asked at the White House briefing if any additional cognitive tests should be performed on the president, Jackson said he didn’t think so. He thought this particular screening tool was “great” and “I wouldn’t recommended doing anything beyond that,” Jackson said. As far as he knows, Jackson said this is the first time a doctor has performed a cognitive assessment on a president. It has never been done on any other president he has tended to over the years, Jackson said. “He has gone above and beyond what I would consider a requirement to demonstrate his cognitive abilities,” Jackson said. The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.    

    CBSlocal.com / 50 min. ago more
  • Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustrationNearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

    The resignation of nine out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks.

    Philly.com / 51 min. ago
  • Bertha Stovall Waters, 95, advocate for the underdogBertha Stovall Waters, 95, advocate for the underdog

    "I think one of the great things about her, was being so open minded and understanding of peoplel," said friend Dr. Pearl Battle Simpson. "She didn't back off people being different. She knew how to be accepting of everybody."

    Philly.com / 1 h. 3 min. ago
  • Aziz Ansari and his accuser are both delusional messes | Elizabeth WellingtonAziz Ansari and his accuser are both delusional messes | Elizabeth Wellington

    I can only imagine that Aziz Ansari's dogged determination to get some collided with what could have been Grace's need to be on a great date that ended with the promise of something more. And these two incomplete people proceeded to make a viral mess.

    Philly.com / 1 h. 7 min. ago
  • N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy vows to resist Trump's 'assault on our values'N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy vows to resist Trump's 'assault on our values'

    New Jersey has a new governor, Democrat Philip Murphy, sworn in Tuesday. The former Wall Street investment banker has an ambitious liberal agenda.

    Philly.com / 1 h. 11 min. ago
  • Friends Mourn Stockton U Student Killed in NYE ShootingFriends Mourn Stockton U Student Killed in NYE Shooting

    Friends are mourning a Stockton University student who, along with her parents and a family friend, were shot and killed inside their home on New Year's Eve. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

    NBC 10 / 1 h. 12 min. ago
  • Sugar in fruits and the effect on diets and weightSugar in fruits and the effect on diets and weight

    Many of us made a resolution to eat more fruits and vegetables in the New Year. But there's a common belief the sugar in fruits can hurt your diet. Tonight, Consumer Reports details the truth behind sugar in fruit, and how it affects your health and weight.

    6abc.com / 1 h. 21 min. ago
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  • Some say Women's March pink hats aren't inclusive. Philly organizers say wear what you want.Some say Women's March pink hats aren't inclusive. Philly organizers say wear what you want.

    One organizer said: "We have far too many other issues."

    Philly.com / 1 h. 27 min. ago
  • After Life Time gyms ban cable news, fitness buffs feel the blissAfter Life Time gyms ban cable news, fitness buffs feel the bliss

    The gym chain says it removed CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News "to uphold a positive, healthy way of life environment." No-news zones are a sign of the times.

    Philly.com / 1 h. 27 min. ago
  • New Jersey’s New Governor Outlines Plans, Signs Executive Order Promoting Equal Pay For WomenNew Jersey’s New Governor Outlines Plans, Signs Executive Order Promoting Equal Pay For Women

    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Flanked by family, friends and current and former state officials, one-time Wall Street financier Phil Murphy became New Jersey’s 56th governor in a ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial, complete with a traditional 21-gun salute. And the new governor wasted little time in getting to work. Murphy’s first act? Signing an executive order promoting equal pay for women. It’s just part of the change Murphy promised to the people of the state. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy outlines bold political agenda — promises first official act as early as later today @CBSPhilly ==>> pic.twitter.com/WanWICTwkX — Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) January 16, 2018 “They voted to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every New Jersey family ,” the governor said, “and they elected a governor and a lieutenant governor and a legislature with a duty to carry out this promise.” Across the aisle, Republicans already with a raised eyebrow on balancing cost. “We have to be very careful it’s not going to be spending and more taxes, that’s what I’ll stand against,” said Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. Property taxes are already sky high. Senator Robert Menendez noting one of the biggest complaints for New Jersey homeowners. “How do you get property tax relief for working families and middle-class families in New Jersey?” said the senator. Top 5 Moments In Office For New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie  For the first time in eight years, Democrats will control everything under the Golden Dome, a fact not lost on legislative Republicans like Atlantic County state Sen. Chris Brown. “We need to find a way to make sure that we make New Jersey affordable and a place that people can work, live, raise their families and hopefully retire someday,” Brown told KYW Newsradio. Murphy’s half-hour address hit on all the major themes of the campaign that led him to this moment, providing a better break for all of New Jersey’s 9 million people. That includes everything from requiring the wealthy to pay more in taxes to improving jobs and education, and, yes, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Strolling into politics, Murphy touched on his deep Irish roots, his love of the Kennedy’s–the bible he took the oath on. It’s the same one JFK used in 1961. “It’s no secret that dad is a fan of the Kennedys, being Irish and from Boston, it’s kind of a requirement,” said the governor’s daughter, Emma Murphy. And while Murphy worked hard to strike a bipartisan tone, he went after the Trump administration, vowing to do whatever’s necessary to protect Garden State interests. “It is really not so much a battle between Democrats and Republicans but a battle between right and wrong, between standing up for the people of New Jersey or standing for failed Washington politics,” Murphy added. Democrats, like Gloucester County Assemblyman John Burzichelli, were generally pleased with their new governor’s performance, especially one part in particular. “The touch of having the Kennedy family bible at this statehouse because of Gov. Murphy’s long admiration of the Kennedy policies I thought set a really nice tone,” Burzichelli said. Christie Leaving Governor’s Office As Democrat Takes Over The governor also noted the diversity of his administration, from the first black woman to serve as lieutenant governor in Sheila Oliver to the first Sikh to be appointed attorney general anywhere in America. Gurbir Grewal had served former Gov. Chris Christie as Bergen County prosecutor. Christie was in attendance for the inauguration of his successor, along with former governors from Jim Florio to Jon Corzine. Murphy will hold his Inaugural Ball tonight in the Meadowlands.  

    CBSlocal.com / 1 h. 29 min. ago more
  • Police Investigating After Cat Apparently Shot To DeathPolice Investigating After Cat Apparently Shot To Death

    PLUMSTEAD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Police in Plumstead Township are searching for clues after a cat was apparently shot dead. The discovery was made on Tuesday in the 6800 block of Tohickon Hill Road in Plumstead Township. Plumstead Township police say they found a dark-colored mature grey female cat dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Anyone with information regarding the ownership/identity of the cat, or has information related to its killing, please contact police at 215-766-8741.   *** WARNING *** SOME MAY FIND THE IMAGES DISTURBING ***        

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  • Possible government shutdown looming by end of weekPossible government shutdown looming by end of week

    A possible government shutdown is just days away and getting a deal on the DACA program may be holding up that funding bill.

    6abc.com / 1 h. 36 min. ago
  • 28-year-old Trump supporter jumps into Pa. Lt. Gov race. The only problem: He has to be 30 to take office28-year-old Trump supporter jumps into Pa. Lt. Gov race. The only problem: He has to be 30 to take office

    Montco Commissioner Joe Gale insists that he legally become lieutenant governor. Eventually.

    Philly.com / 1 h. 38 min. ago
  • Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly's new school boardKenney names 13 to help pick Philly's new school board

    The school board nominating panel includes parents and educators, activists and one former School Reform Commission member. It must consider applicants and nominees for the school board, presenting to Mayor Kenney by Jan. 31 a list of 27 nominees for the nine board seats.

    Philly.com / 1 h. 38 min. ago
  • FYI Philly: Need a pick-me-up?  Try this shot in the arm!FYI Philly: Need a pick-me-up? Try this shot in the arm!

    Sit back, relax, and stick out your arm for a needle!

    6abc.com / 1 h. 45 min. ago
  • FYI Philly: The newest restaurants in Philly Mag's Top 50FYI Philly: The newest restaurants in Philly Mag's Top 50

    These are the newcomers to the list of the Top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia

    6abc.com / 1 h. 45 min. ago
  • Outrage over MLK Day gun shop adOutrage over MLK Day gun shop ad

    You may have noticed a few MLK day sales over the past few days, but in New Mexico, there's one sale in particular that really got people's attention.

    6abc.com / 1 h. 47 min. ago
  • Judge denies Wells Fargo's bid to dismiss city of Philadelphia's predatory lending lawsuitJudge denies Wells Fargo's bid to dismiss city of Philadelphia's predatory lending lawsuit

    She said Philadelphia can pursue its complaint alleging that the bank’s used “reverse redlining” to violate the federal Fair Housing Act, though she had “serious concerns” about whether claims of economic harm could survive.

    Bizjournals.com / 1 h. 54 min. ago
  • NFC Championship Game tickets go on sale, sell outNFC Championship Game tickets go on sale, sell out

    Tickets to the NFC Championship Game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings went on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday and appeared to sell out moments later.

    6abc.com / 1 h. 56 min. ago
  • FYI Philly - This week is food, fitness, fashion and more - Fabulous!FYI Philly - This week is food, fitness, fashion and more - Fabulous!

    FYI Philly is has found the newest, hottest, tastiest ways to make 2018 the best year yet in the Delaware Valley!

    6abc.com / 2 h. ago
  • PennDot relies on towns for plowing help. And is paying them more for it.PennDot relies on towns for plowing help. And is paying them more for it.

    This winter, PennDOT has increased payments to townships, boroughs and cities in the five-county region for agreeing to plow snow from state roads within their boundaries. Officials who partner with PennDOT say they're better at plowing quickly.

    Philly.com / 2 h. ago
  • PennDOT says 511Pa App can help drivers navigate winter weatherPennDOT says 511Pa App can help drivers navigate winter weather

    PennDOT says drivers can get an idea of where those plow trucks are and where they should avoid by using the 511PA App.

    6abc.com / 2 h. 3 min. ago
  • Bensalem bagel shop searching for beloved customerBensalem bagel shop searching for beloved customer

    Redhouse Bagels has been a staple on Bristol Pike in Bensalem for two decades.

    6abc.com / 2 h. 9 min. ago
  • Why the Vikings' home-field advantage in Minnesota could help Eagles in Super Bowl | Bob BrookoverWhy the Vikings' home-field advantage in Minnesota could help Eagles in Super Bowl | Bob Brookover

    A Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium could provide a crowd-noise advantage for the Eagles, too, because spoiled New England fans are likely to opt out of traveling to the frozen tundra of Minneapolis.

    Philly.com / 2 h. 11 min. ago
  • A Philly-themed restaurant called Passyunk Avenue is opening in LondonA Philly-themed restaurant called Passyunk Avenue is opening in London

    Passyunk Avenue will be open in time for the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to London this fall.

    Philly.com / 2 h. 14 min. ago
  • Philly Coffee Shop Selling ‘Sh*thole Blend’ To Help Local ImmigrantsPhilly Coffee Shop Selling ‘Sh*thole Blend’ To Help Local Immigrants

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia coffee shop is responding to President Donald Trump’s alleged “sh*thole countries” statement by selling a special blend of coffee. It’s called the “Sh*thole Blend” and Herman’s Coffee — located on South 3rd Street–says some of the profits will go directly to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a nonprofit organization who helps immigrants transition to life in the United States. “Our enigmatic president, Donald Trump, may not want immigrants from the ‘sh*thole’ countries of the world, but we at Herman’s like to embrace all people. We also happen to think some of these ‘sh*thole’ countries produce some excellent coffee, so much so that we decided to honor Donald and roast a welcoming blend of coffees from these countries (Ethiopia and El Salvador to be precise) and use it to raise money for Haitian Relief,” Herman’s Coffee posted on their website. Herman’s tells CBS Philly that reaction has been extremely positive and the blend has been selling pretty well. “People have seemed to be genuinely excited about it which is awesome. I’m not trying to anger anyone, just making the best of a disappointing situation,” the coffee shop said in a statement. Trump allegedly made the “sh*thole countries” comment behind closed doors in reference to people coming to the United States, according to Washington Post sources. The Post says Trump was refereeing to African countries and Haiti. Trump Decries Immigrants From ‘Sh*Thole Countries’ Coming To US However, last Friday, Trump denied saying the statement. Each bag of the “Sh*thole Blend” runs about $18.00. The coffee shop will donate $5 to each bag sold to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. First orders ship the week of Jan.  22. To learn more CLICK HERE.

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  • Avoid Giving Children Cold Medicine With Codeine, FDA SaysAvoid Giving Children Cold Medicine With Codeine, FDA Says

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The go-to treatment for coughs has been medications that contain codeine, however federal health officials have updated guidelines for children saying, the risks of the drug outweigh any benefits. Flu Deaths Growing As Number Of Cases On The Rise The FDA will now require prescription drugs containing codeine to carry a warning label against using them in children under the age of 18 and also in women who are breastfeeding. “We know that medicines like codeine fall into the family of what we call opiates, which can cause problems with, principally breathing but can also change how alert you are,” Dr. Eva Love, a pediatrician, explained. Common side effects of opioids include headache, dizziness and vomiting, and more seriously, breathing difficulties and even death. Doctors say codeine has traditionally been used to suppress the cough reflex but that actually serves as a protective mechanism. “While it could be very concerning to a parent that their child is chronically coughing from a viral illness, we know that its important for them to use that reflex to cough in order to protect their airway,” Dr. Love said. “So, by giving a medicine like codeine, you’re actually suppressing the body’s ability to protect itself.” Doctors say a cough caused by a cold or upper respiratory infection typically does not require treatment in most children. Pet Owners Warned Of Dog Flu The new recommendation also says that because codeine is an opioid, it carries the risks of misuse, abuse addiction and overdose. The FDA says its especially concerned about unnecessary exposure to opioids, especially in young children. Early exposure can lead to future addiction, which can actually happen at any time The FDA is also requiring manufacturers to add new safety warnings on medications with codeine and hydrocodone for adults, including an expanded box warning, the most prominent kind. Health officials are making a big push to avoid prescribing opioid-type medication as much as possible.

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  • Wolf Visits Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House After Approving $1 Million Expansion GrantWolf Visits Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House After Approving $1 Million Expansion Grant

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gov. Tom Wolf visited Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday to tour a major renovation project and talk about a substantial state contribution to it. Wolf says the state’s recent contribution of $1 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital program is a good investment. “This is a good place for the families to come and be while they’re working with the medical profession, working with the doctors, working with their children,” Wolf says. The Ronald McDonald House in West Philadelphia is in the process of building a tower to increase its room capacity for families from 45 rooms to 127. It has raised some $35 million of its $50 million goal. “It meshes terrifically with our hospitals that are world-renowned – CHOP and HUP and Jeff and Hahnemann – all those hospitals that people come all over the world to go to for treatment,” Mayor Jim Kenney says. “To have this kind of, I guess home, for people. It’s just a wonderful thing.”  

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  • Road Crews Preparing For Latest Blast Of WinterRoad Crews Preparing For Latest Blast Of Winter

    CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — Road crews across the region are getting ready for the latest blast of winter. In Norristown, a PennDOT salt barn has been filling up salt trucks since Monday night. “We started pretreating about midnight Tuesday, after the squall moved in with some snow, we were able to pretreat again,” said PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph. FULL WEATHER COVERAGE About 450 PennDOT salt trucks and plows are out throughout the greater Philadelphia area, dropping about 4,000 tons of salt along the roadways as more measurable snow is on the way. So far this season, PennDOT’s Greater Philadelphia District has had to use more than 40,000 tons of salt to keep the roadways safe during this busy snowfall season. “We’ve had about seven, eight, nine events where we have dispatched trucks and used salt,” said Rudolph. “We are getting a number of events, back-to-back, and it is starting to take a toll on our supply.” PennDOT hasn’t had to reorder salt this season just yet, but it’s a different story in Camden County, New Jersey. “We have been frequently reordering salt, trying to keep as much as possible here,” said Camden County Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo. The continuous snowfall since December has had the Streets Department continuously running out of salt. They’ve had to place three orders. Right now, a salt barn in Lindenwold has 3,000 tons of salt. Winter Weather Advisory For Parts Of The Region It’s still unclear if that will be enough for the season. “Anything is possible with this snowstorm coming and fluctuation in temperature,” said Angulo. “Because it is warm right now, but things are changing so quickly, I believe it is truly possible to reorder again.” The region is expected to see between 1 to 3 inches of snow.

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  • Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries dead at 46Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries dead at 46

    LONDON — Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, has died at 46, her publicist has confirmed in a statement. “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session,” Lindsey Holmes, O’Riordan’s publicist, said in the statement. The statement continued: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” The singer’s cause of death is not known at this time. The Cranberries are best known for their singles Linger and Zombie in the 90s.

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  • Here’s How to Score Tickets for Sunday’s Eagles GameHere’s How to Score Tickets for Sunday’s Eagles Game

    By grinding to a gutsy 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, the Eagles solidified their place in the NFC Championship game for the […] The post Here’s How to Score Tickets for Sunday’s Eagles Game appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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  • This Woman’s “Nightmare” Uber Ride Was Probably Worse Than YoursThis Woman’s “Nightmare” Uber Ride Was Probably Worse Than Yours

    We’ve heard lots of stories about horrible Uber rides, and if you take Uber with any regularity, the chances are that you have a story […] The post This Woman’s “Nightmare” Uber Ride Was Probably Worse Than Yours appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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  • Pa.'s first young-adult LGBTQ-friendly permanent supportive housing honors Philly pioneerPa.'s first young-adult LGBTQ-friendly permanent supportive housing honors Philly pioneer

    Philadelphia recently reached a landmark achievement. On December 6, 2017, Project HOME partnered with the City, State, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and many other supporters and advocates to break ground on the Gloria Casarez Residence at 1315 N. 8th Street.

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  • MLK Day: Last-Minute Opportunities to Volunteer and CelebrateMLK Day: Last-Minute Opportunities to Volunteer and Celebrate

    It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, learn about Dr. Kings’ legacy or further it yourself, we’ve got you covered. Here’s […] The post MLK Day: Last-Minute Opportunities to Volunteer and Celebrate appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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  • Comcast Hit With New TiVo Patent Lawsuits Over X1 PlatformComcast Hit With New TiVo Patent Lawsuits Over X1 Platform

    It hasn’t taken TiVo long to slam Comcast with yet another round of patent lawsuits, just months after the company won a dispute against the […] The post Comcast Hit With New TiVo Patent Lawsuits Over X1 Platform appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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  • Adopt A Pet: Big GuyAdopt A Pet: Big Guy

    This stunner might have the best name of all, meet Big Guy! This 4 year old cat is not only friendly and very affectionate but he would be good in a lot of different homes. He has previously lived with another dog and cat, he truly is happy in almost any environment. If you are interested in adopting Big Guy, give our friends at ACCT Philly as call at (267) 385-3800.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968

    Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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  • Santino’s Dragons perform in South PhiladelphiaSantino’s Dragons perform in South Philadelphia

    The sounds of the Mummers filled the streets of South Philadelphia on Saturday. PHL 17 was there as several groups performed for "Golden Crown." It's the fancy brigade that took first prize in the 2018 Sugarhouse Casino Mummers Parade. One of the groups that performed along third street was Santino's Dragons. It's a comic brigade made up entirely of children who have special needs.

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  • President Trump: “I’m not a racist.”President Trump: “I’m not a racist.”

    President Trump is defending himself by saying that he is not a racist after comments he reportedly made during a meeting about immigration in the White House last Thursday. The meeting was about the future of the DACA program. Democrats had been demanding protections for people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Democrats say if they get funding for the program, then they would be willing to put money towards border security funding and some of that money could go towards the proposed border wall. Those discussions came to a standstill last Thursday after the president made vulgar comments about Haiti and other African nations. Now, some critics are accusing the president of being a racist.   The president said on Twitter that he only used "tough language" in the DACA meeting and "never said anything derogatory about Haitians." Two republican senators, Tom Cotton from Arkansas and David Perdue from Georgia, were both in the meeting and claim they do not remember the president making those comments.    

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  • Penn's Makuu Cultural Center joined other Philadelphians in celebrating Kwanzaa this yearPenn's Makuu Cultural Center joined other Philadelphians in celebrating Kwanzaa this year

    Throughout the month of December, Penn students and Philadelphia residents alike celebrated the 51st anniversary of Kwanzaa. From an elaborate light display along the Schuylkill River to a pre-finals celebration in Houston Hall, the cultural holiday was celebrated in a variety of ways.

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  • Federal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests under DACAFederal Agency Returns to Accepting Requests under DACA

    DACA recipients, friends, families and allies to rally at the Department of Justice offices at 200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA on Tuesday, September 5th 2017 Citizenship and Immigration Services says it's resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Obama-era program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and who remain in the country illegally. The decision comes four days after a federal judge, in a nod to pending lawsuits, temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the program.

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  • Philly native and longtime San Diego broadcaster, C.S. Keys, dies at 54Philly native and longtime San Diego broadcaster, C.S. Keys, dies at 54

    By Jay Posner, San Diego Union Tribine Broadcaster C.S. Keys, who worked on TV, radio and the web in San Diego since 2000, died Saturday afternoon, La Mesa police confirmed. He was 54. Police received a call from the Heartland Fire & Rescue department at 2:22 p.m. Saturday to assist on a “medical aid” call at Keys’ home, according to La Mesa Lt. Chad Bell. Keys later was pronounced dead at the residence. No cause of death was announced pending an autopsy, Bell said. Keys came to San Diego in 2000 and worked as the weathercaster for KUSI Channel 9/51. After four years he moved on XETV Channel 6, then the city’s Fox affiliate, and worked as sports director and lead sports anchor, including hosting “That Sunday Sports Show.” He later hosted a talk show on wsRadio.com and most recently worked at The Mighty 1090 as a host. “My heart is heavy today because we have lost one of us today, my younger brother C S Keys has moved on to the other side of life,” his brother, Richard Keys, wrote on Facebook. “I know he was not alone on his journey for his faith was strong.” Several friends and former colleagues paid tribute to Keys. “It’s just shocking, really,” said Jim Trotter, a former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter who now works for ESPN, via text Sunday morning. “He was always so full of life and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with his young (9-year-old) daughter, who was the love of his life. “Just really at a loss for words.” Said Dave Palet, who worked with Keys at Channel 6: “Great guy, great friend who loved to laugh and loved his Raiders.” Another friend, former radio host Jeff Dotseth, said Sunday: “In the media you meet a lot of people, but there’s not always many people who are truly loyal to you. C.S. was one of those guys. He’ll be missed.” On Twitter, former Chargers receiver Greg Camarillo said, “With a heavy heart we say farewell to one of SD’s beloved personalities, CS Keys. A genuine, fun guy to be with and never too busy to serve his community. You will be missed, brother! Rest In Peace” Born in Harrisburg, Pa., and raised in Philadelphia, Keys began his career in Durham, N.C., and later worked in Lancaster, Pa. and Pittsburgh. He was well known for working to promote charitable causes, particularly for youth. The post Philly native and longtime San Diego broadcaster, C.S. Keys, dies at 54 appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • FCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alarm debacleFCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alarm debacle

    HAWAII, U.S. - After sending an entire state in shock, something that they are yet to emerge from, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has investigated how a false missile alert was sent to

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  • Trump locks horns with Wall Street Journal over North KoreaTrump locks horns with Wall Street Journal over North Korea

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - In his ongoing rant against the country’s media or what he calls the fake news media, the U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday locked horns with the Wall Street Journal -

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  • A new principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra? Nathan Hughes...A new principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra? Nathan Hughes...

    Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer. Born in New York, raised in Miami, he has an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Man in his 60s found dead inside parked car on Kelly Drive54 minutes agoMan in his 60s found dead inside parked car on Kelly Drive54 minutes ago

    On Sunday afternoon, a man described as being in his 60s was found unresponsive inside a red Kia Soul car parked on the 800 block of Kelly Drive, according to Philadelphia police. The man was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. by medical personnel on the scene, police spokesman Eric McLaurin said.

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  • Trump thrashes DACA after DREAMers allowed to renew permitsTrump thrashes DACA after DREAMers allowed to renew permits

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Sunday, the U.S. Government announced that based on a federal court order, it would again begin processing applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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  • Freaks and GeeksFreaks and Geeks

    Back in August, this magazine moved its offices from 19th and Market to the Curtis Center at 6th and Walnut, home for decades to the […] The post Freaks and Geeks appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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  • Trump's shithole scandal: World leaders call Trump a racistTrump's shithole scandal: World leaders call Trump a racist

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - While the U.S. President Donald Trump has outrightly denied making derogatory comments about certain countries and immigrants from those countries coming to the U.S. - the countr

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  • Exposé: Porn star paid to cover up relationship with TrumpExposé: Porn star paid to cover up relationship with Trump

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - In yet another shocking media expose that has rattled the White House, a report in the Wall Street Journal has claimed that the U.S. President Donald Trump paid a handsome sum to

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  • Iran outraged after Trump calls to renegotiate nuclear dealIran outraged after Trump calls to renegotiate nuclear deal

    TEHRAN, Iran - After the U.S. President Donald Trump signed a waiver on Friday, keeping the controversial 2015 nuclear deal in place for at least 90 days but strictly calling for changes - Iran sna

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  • Hawaii spooked: No missile threat despite shocking alertHawaii spooked: No missile threat despite shocking alert

    HAWAII, U.S. - In a shocking incident on Saturday, authorities in Hawaii sent out a serious warning to citizens, claiming that a ballistic missile was inbound and citizens would have to take immedi

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  • IN FOCUS: Philadanco and The State of the Arts in PhiladelphiaIN FOCUS: Philadanco and The State of the Arts in Philadelphia

    On “In Focus” with host Jennifer Lewis-Hall, we meet the founder of The Philadelphia Dance Company who has received many awards and accolades including the 2012 National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama. Joan Myers Brown talks about that once in a lifetime moment and tells her personal story of how and why she started the renowned dance company that will make the huge milestone of turning 50 in 2020. Former Philadanco dancer Kim Bears-Bailey shares her experiences as a dancer with the company. Also on the show is a representative from PNC “Arts Alive” initiative, which is a supporter through grants of Philadanco and other nonprofits. Hugh McStravick, PNC’s Vice President of Client and Community Relations for the Philadelphia/ Southern New Jersey region of PNC joins us to share more on their program helping the those in the arts and Kelly Lee, who leads the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, also joins us to talk about programs helping the arts in the City and arts education.  In Focus airs Saturdays at 6:30 AM.

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  • Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week– I Spy, You BuyGary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week– I Spy, You Buy

    “WOW!! You’ve got some GREAT STUFF in here”. That’s what I said when I walked into I SPY, YOU BUY Philly’s Thrift at 7151 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Dolly, the owner (she said just call me “Dolly”), was all smiles as she greeted me into her BEAUTIFUL location.  She started her business over 4 years ago by “thrifting” during the week and selling outdoors on weekends.  She did that for three years. Now, she has been at her Mt. Airy location for just over one year. I saw good, quality clothing in all sizes at GREAT prices. Dolly pointed out a sports section with clothing dedicated to Philadelphia sports teams, both college and pro. While I was there, her sister Danielle Lewis came in and went to work right away.  She took the photo of Dolly and me out front. While we were taking the picture a SEPTA bus rolled by and someone yelled from the door to find out “What’s new?” They are open Tuesday through Saturday 12 noon to 5pm. Call 267.600.6262 to find out how you can “Come shop for less and look your best!!!” When you call, be sure to tell them you read about them in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun.  Subscribe to the Philadelphia Sunday Sun today.  http://www.philasun.com/subscribe/ To support other black owned businesses, log onto www.ibuyblack.org.  Gary Shepherd is President/CEO of 3rd Floor Media, www.3fm.fm, A Division of Gary Shepherd Enterprises LLC. The post Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week– I Spy, You Buy appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Man on city bus stabs passenger in the face with screwdriverMan on city bus stabs passenger in the face with screwdriver

    ABOPVE PHOTO:  (Shutterstock)   associated press An official says a passenger on a Philadelphia city bus stabbed another man in the face with a screwdriver after an argument. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [SEPTA] spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee says the altercation occurred on the 23 bus in the city’s Germantown section around 8 am. Wednesday. She says the 19-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, where he received four stitches to the slash wounds on his lip. The other man fled and is being sought. Showell-Lee said it’s unclear whether the two knew each other or what the argument was about. The post Man on city bus stabs passenger in the face with screwdriver appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • A State of EmergencyA State of Emergency

    ABOVE PHOTO:  State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Cambria, stands next to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa. as he signs a package of bills to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.  (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP) On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf put the weight of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s emergency services behind the opioid crisis. By Denise Clay For many families in Philadelphia, the problem of a loved one fighting addiction to heroin or other opioids is an emergency that demands all hands on deck. By declaring the opioid crisis a disaster worthy of an emergency management response, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told these families that not only did he agree with their assessment, but the Commonwealth shared it too. On Wednesday, Gov. Wolf held a press conference declaring the Commonwealth’s opioid crisis a statewide emergency disaster and announcing a full-court press that includes an enhanced state response, better access to drug treatment, which includes access to naloxone, the drug designed to treat overdoses, and better coordination between health and public safety agencies. While there has been an improvement in Pennsylvania in terms of the number of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioids, there are still far too many and the state has to act, Wolf said in his announcement. He’s going to use what he’s got — his power as governor — to get what he wants — a better grip on this growing epidemic. “While we have made progress in combating the heroin and opioid abuse crisis and drastically expanded Pennsylvania’s response, we are still losing far too many Pennsylvanians,” Wolf said. “I am taking this step to protect Pennsylvanians from this looming public health crisis, and I am using every tool at my disposal to get those suffering from substance use disorders into treatment, save more lives and improve response coordination.” There are 13 initiatives connected to this outreach including the establishment of an Opioid Command Center within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, expanded access to prescription drug monitoring, the ability for municipalities to make emergency purchases of naloxone, the drug used to treat opioid overdoses, more resources for families, first responders and others including the ability to leave naloxone with families, and streamlined access to drug treatment, including the use of satellite centers and fee waivers for people who need a birth certificate, and can’t afford one due to homelessness, Sarah Galbally, secretary of policy and planning for Gov. Wolf, said during a press call following the announcement. The Departments of Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, PEMA, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania State Police will be the agencies coordinating the response, Galbally said. While this series of plans is an ambitious one, it doesn’t include any additional financial resources, Galbally said. Instead, resources for existing programs including Medicaid — which will be needed to pay for indigent rehab beds — from these departments will be utilized, she said. The state of emergency is expected to last for 90 days. It’s also just a beginning, Galbally said. “We know that we’re not going to cure the opioid epidemic in 90 days,” she said. For places like Philadelphia, whose opioid issues have made national news, this series of initiatives, which also includes better monitoring of opioid prescriptions to keep people from doctor shopping in search of drugs and partnerships with pharmacists to get more naloxone into the hands of families in need, this plan can provide some much needed help, Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement. “I commend Governor Wolf for taking this bold step,” Mayor Kenney said. “The crisis is particularly acute in Philadelphia: when the final tally is complete, the number of fatal drug overdoses in the City last year may reach 1,200 – a one-third increase over 2016. I look forward to working with the Governor in the coming weeks and months, along with our partners in the state legislature, to mobilize the resources and additional tools needed to address the scourge of opioids. We cannot afford to wait.” The post A State of Emergency appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • School District, La Salle University partner on Community Scholars ProgramSchool District, La Salle University partner on Community Scholars Program

    On Wednesday, the School District of Philadelphia joined with La Salle University to announce a partnership through which high-achieving high school students will be enrolled in college courses during thE spring 2018 semester. They will take their first class es on January 16th. Through the university’s Community Scholars program, students are able to take one of the following courses at La Salle: Introduction to Art, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Macroeconomics, and Introduction to Literature. “This program will allow our students to have the college experience while still in high school,” said William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia. “It will better prepare more of our students for college and career, helping them seamlessly transition into their chosen fields after high school graduation. Thanks to the skills they acquire through this program, this group of students will be well equipped to succeed.” Currently, the program is open to junior and senior students from Central High School and the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Tuition and textbook costs are covered by the District.  “The Community Scholars program is a partnership between The School District of Philadelphia and La Salle University to provide free, dual-credit coursework to qualifying, local School District students,” said Colleen Hanycz, President of La Salle University. “Strong communities need educated citizens, and this partnership is one way that La Salle is working to help build these citizens. La Salle is proud to stand hand in hand with our neighbors, and to share in this responsibility of giving local students opportunities to enrich their high school educations.” The post School District, La Salle University partner on Community Scholars Program appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Colin McFarlane takes on the role of Sam the conductor in “The Commuter”Colin McFarlane takes on the role of Sam the conductor in “The Commuter”

    ABOVE PHOTO:  Colin McFarlane   By Kharisma McIlwaine Have you ever played the game “What Would You Do?”  Lionsgate seeks to answer that question in its new action thriller “The Commuter.” Michael, played by Liam Neeson, experiences a series of unforeseen circumstances, paired with the promise of a large sum of money for doing one task on his daily commute on the train. He is tasked with finding one person on the train before the last stop. The story unfolds in a way that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats with constant twists and turns. London- based actor Colin McFarlane is front and center for a ride that is anything but ordinary as Sam, the conductor of the train. McFarlane spoke about his experience during this action-packed adventure. McFarlane was born in Clapton, England. He began studying theater at The Perse School Cambridge, eventually earning a degree in drama from Loughborough University. He’s a seasoned actor who has also been featured as Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb in “Batman Begins”, which also starred Neeson, and its sequel, “The Dark Knight.” McFarlane spoke about his experience working with the legendary actor. “It’s very exciting because ‘The Commuter’ has an all-star cast and from an acting point of view, you want to work with the best people,” McFarlane said. “Liam Neeson is one of my heroes! I worked with him on “Batman Begins”, but we never had any actual scenes together.  I had never been on screen with him at the time, so this was a great opportunity to do that. He such an amazing actor! Everybody that I’ve spoken to about this film, when I say I’m working with Liam Neeson they just go, “I love him”… everyone loves him!” McFarlane had equally complimentary things to say about his director Jaume Collet-Serra and cast members who included: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill and Jonathan Banks. The dynamic cast keeps the audience guessing as they try to uncover what’s going on. McFarlane described the plot from his perspective. “Vera Farmiga plays this wonderful mysterious woman Joanna on the train, that puts this kind of tantalizing proposition to Michael,” McFarlane said. “She sort of asks him a hypothetical question… ‘if you could find someone on the train before you get to the end of the line without knowing what the outcome is would you do it for $75,000?’ And he’s thinking ‘what?’ And we as the audience are all thinking ‘what?’ And then before you know it you’re launched into this incredible action-packed thriller that has you on the edge of your seat and it’s got all these twist[s] and turns right through to the end.” “Personally, I think it’s one of the best action thrillers I’ve seen in years. I mean it’s just brilliantly done! The way Jaume plays with the suspense is superb… I mean you really don’t see what’s coming next,” McFarlane added. “It’s like this great combination of fantastic script, fantastic leading man, all-star cast, with a story that has you on the edge of your seat… what’s not to like?” When it comes to action thrillers, a large component of pulling audiences into the story and keeping them engaged boilsdown to the characters.   McFarlane shared the responsibilities of Sam the conductor, and how his role is key in the overall story. “The director said when we were making the movie, ‘As Sam the Conductor, you’re kind of the captain of the ship, Colin. So when things start to get a little scary, your one priority is to look after your crew, which is in effect your passengers,’ McFarlane said. “Liam’s character, Michael, who is an insurance salesman at the beginning of the movie, rapidly gets sucked into this conspiracy and the stakes are higher and higher. For my character, Michael is one of my favorite regulars traveling on the train, so I’m rooting for him when things start to go a little awry. Without spoiling it for the audience he kind of comes to me for help.” In addition to “The Commuter” being an action-packed thriller, it serves as a lesson in empathy as well. Neeson‘s character Michael is in a financial bind. He is offered a way out of that bind, but doesn’t know how this ambiguous task that will grant him lots of money will affect all of the other people on the train. McFarlane offered his thoughts on the weight of such a dilemma. “If someone said to me, find someone on the train before it gets to the end of the line but you don’t know what the consequences of that are, and you are going to get a lot of money… you have to ask yourself would you do it? And I think we are in Michael’s head as he’s thinking about that. There is a really wonderful saying in the film that goes something like, how do you really know who a person is? How much do you really know somebody… which is again a very significant question when you see what happens in the movie.” “The Commuter” will keep the audience guessing right up until the end. McFarlane also says that he hopes this film will offer the audience a new perspective on the routine of their lives. “ I think what I liked about the film is that most people have a job that is the same routine every day, every week,” McFarlane said. “They get on the same bus or on the same train, go to work and do the same thing.  Once Joanna puts this proposition to Michael, it kind of breaks up his day… Oh, something different, something new, ok let’s go with this. You could argue at the end of the movie that maybe you’re boring humdrum life isn’t so boring! Maybe you should stick to the straight path because you see him taking a different route and the consequences are pretty heavy. “Maybe the audience will say, boy I’m glad my commute wasn’t like that!” McFarlane added with a laugh. Colin McFarlane is sure to have continued success as Sam and in all of his future roles. Stay tuned for his upcoming role as Ulysses in season 4 of “Outlander.” Follow his journey on Twitter @colinmcfarlane. “The Commuter” is a film you don’t want to miss! “The Commuter” will be in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 12th. Check your local listings for show times. The post Colin McFarlane takes on the role of Sam the conductor in “The Commuter” appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • MLK Day of Service 7th Annual Jobs and Opportunities FairMLK Day of Service 7th Annual Jobs and Opportunities Fair

    WDAS 105.3 invites you to join us for the 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 15th for our 7th Annual Jobs & Opportunity Fair. It all takes place inside the Armory at Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue.  Pre- registration is required for the jobs fair and participation in the workshops is first come first serve, with limited space.  Please join us for the 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Jobs and Opportunity Fair on Monday, January 15th from 9am – 12pm inside the Armory at Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. There will be two sessions: 9am – 10:30am (session 1) and 10:30am – 12:00pm (session 2). Looking for employment? Job opportunities will be available in various industries, including health care, retail, technology, and more! Proper workplace attire will also be available for those who are currently employed but are in need of assistance. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops, including job fair advice, navigating today’s job market, resume coaching, interviewing skills, starting a small business, and more. Employers at this event will include: Allied Universal American Water ANC Home Health Services Aramark Avis Budget Group Brown’s ShopRite Clean Air Council Corporation for National and Community Service Home Depot Horizon House PECO Pennsylvania State Police Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement Philadelphia Police Department Piedmont Airlines Robert Half Sarah Care Senior Healthcare Advocates SEPTA SugarHouse Casino The Crescenz VA Medical Center Valley Youth House Verizon and more! Register for the King Day Jobs and Opportunity Fair at kingdayjobs.eventbrite.com The post MLK Day of Service 7th Annual Jobs and Opportunities Fair appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom hiring for over 3,000 seasonal positionsDorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom hiring for over 3,000 seasonal positions

    ABOVE PHOTO:  (Shutterstock)     Interested candidates invited to attend hiring party on January 13th   DORNEY PARK, Allentown, PA–The largest seasonal employer in the Lehigh Valley is now hiring! Coming off the heels of two consecutive years of job growth, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will hire more employees in 2018 than in previous years.  Job seekers and returning associates are invited to attend a Hiring Party on Saturday, January 13th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Good Time Theater. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is pleased to offer competitive pay that exceeds the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.  New employees ages 16 and older can earn from $8.50 – $11.00 per hour (plus bonus opportunities) in their first year!  Applications are now being accepted (ages 16 & up) for more than 3,000 positions in the following departments: Food & Beverage, Rides, Lifeguards, Merchandise, Games, Admissions, Safety, Security and many more! Interested candidates, returning employees and their friends are invited to attend the Hiring Party.  “For our returning associates, come see all your co-workers and friends, and learn what’s new for 2018.  For new applicants, come learn what makes Dorney Park such a FUN place to work,” said Michael Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.  Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win awesome prizes such as a PlayStation 4, TV, iPad, Apple Watch and hundreds of dollars in gift cards!  Additionally, we’ll have an exclusive movie screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” immediately after the job fair for anyone in attendance. Applicants are encouraged to bring friends with them to the Hiring Party – both you and your friend can earn extra cash for every friend who is newly hired at Dorney Park.  Applicants should view job openings and apply online at www.dorneypark.com/jobs prior to the party. Attendees should enter the main parking lot using the entrance under the billboard off of Hamilton Boulevard and follow directional signage to Good Time Theater.  If you are unable to attend the Hiring Party but interested in employment you are still able to apply online. Aside from its competitive wages, Dorney Park offers flexible work schedules, free admission to all Cedar Fair Parks and many other amusement and entertainment attractions, scholarships, and hosts many exclusive associate events throughout the season. Dorney Park will open its gates on Friday, May 4th for its 135th operating season! Additional hiring events will occur prior to the park opening.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and information about Dorney Park and seasonal employment opportunities. The post Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom hiring for over 3,000 seasonal positions appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • MLK Weekend Celebration! Owning the Dream: Taking Personal ResponsibilityMLK Weekend Celebration! Owning the Dream: Taking Personal Responsibility

    ABOVE PHOTO: On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Citizens Bank presented the African American Museum in Philadelphia with a $25,000 contribution to support its 2018 MLK Weekend Celebration.   ​Sponsored by Citizens Bank January 12th – 15th, 2018 The African American Museum in Philadelphia and Citizens Bank invite you to enjoy a full weekend of enriching, fun, inspirational, family-friendly activities in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! AAMP’s 2018 MLK Weekend kicks off on Friday, January 12th with Passion, Progress & Pulchritude, an evening of MLK-inspired poetry and music. Then, the weekend continues from Saturday to Monday with three full days of interactive and enlightening arts activities, performances and workshops, including a Saturday film screening and discussion, the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt and Book Giveaway, and a Monday keynote address by Dr. Howard Stevenson, a University of Pennsylvania Professor of Africana Studies, and Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative. Guests can also explore our core exhibition, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876, and the temporary exhibition, Gardens of the Mind. ​Thanks to the generosity of Citizens Bank, the museum’s admission will be reduced to $2 for all guests during the MLK Weekend Celebration festivities. Dan Fitzpatrick, President, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Patricia Wilson Aden, President and CEO, African American Museum in Philadelphia; and Michael B. Hill, Chair, Board of Directors, African American Museum in Philadelphia. AAMP’s 2018 MLK Weekend Schedule: ​ Friday, January 12 ~ 7 – 9 pm ​Passion, Progress & Pulchritude: An Evening of Poetry & Music Join AAMP for a can’t-miss evening of poetry and music inspired by the life, legacy and work of MLK, and curated by Philly’s own, Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Featured performers include Brinae Ali Bradley, Christian Lovehall, Solomon Thorne, along with the sounds of Basquiat Blues house band led by Heru Shabaka Ra. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP. ​ Free R.S.V.P. Saturday – Monday, January 13th – 15th Free Admission for Selected Community-based Groups, Discounted Admissions for Families Saturday, January 13th MLK Weekend Celebration Owning the Dream: Taking Personal Responsibility​ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Mlanjeni face painting and balloon animals (Galleries) 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm MLK Reenactor Presentation (Lobby/throughout) 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hip-Hop Jazz Musicology (Auditorium) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Films at AAMP: Brother Outsider Screening & Conversation Sunday, January 14th MLK Weekend Celebration Owning the Dream: Taking Personal Responsibility​ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm MLK Reenactor Presentation (Lobby/throughout) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Weez The People Workshop & Performance (Auditorium) Monday, January 16 MLK Weekend Celebration Owning the Dream: Taking Personal Responsibility​ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt and Book Giveaway 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Mlanjeni face painting and balloon animals (Galleries) 11:00 am – 11:20 am AAMP/Citizens Bank Welcome and Opening Remarks (Auditorium) ​11:20 am – 11:45 am 2018 Creativity Contest Winners Presentation (Auditorium) 11:45 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker (Auditorium) 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Roger Lee’s Hip-Hop Dance Fundamentals Workshop (Auditorium) 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm ​Sister Cities Girls’ Choir Performance (Auditorium) 2:00 pm – 2:20 pm Limitless Performing Arts Dancers Performance (Auditorium) 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm The New Freedom Theater Workshop (Auditorium) 3:00 pm – 3:20 pm Dance4Life Company Performance (Auditorium) 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Clef Club Performance (Auditorium) 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble Performance (Auditorium) The post MLK Weekend Celebration! Owning the Dream: Taking Personal Responsibility appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • “Mark & Denise in the Mornings” finds new home to inform listeners           “Mark & Denise in the Mornings” finds new home to inform listeners           

    Tune Into WWDB 860 AM’s 10,000 Watt Signal or Online Monday, January 15, 2018, From 7-9:30 AM   Former “Wake Up With WURD” morning radio hosts Mark “The AME” Tyler and Denise “The Writer” Clay have a new radio home in the Philadelphia area. Starting Monday, January 15, 2018, “Mark and Denise in the Mornings” will broadcast live on WWDB 860 AM from 7:30 AM – 9:00AM, Mondays through Wednesdays, from the beautiful broadcast headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, PA. The mostly talk radio station is a part of the Beasley Media Group and has a broadcast signal strength ten times as strong as the previous station, live streaming capabilities on multiple social media platforms, and more.   “Mark and Denise in the Mornings” will be hosted by Mark Kelly Tyler, a community organizer and influential pastor of the historic Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, and Denise Clay a long-time respected Philadelphia journalist who writes for Philadelphia Sunday SUN, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Philadelphia Public Record. The two are known for their innate ability to inform and entertain while engaging listeners on news topics of local, national, and international interest. “We look forward to continuing to present the type of programming that gives voice to local, national, and international newsmakers of the day from the Black experience,” said Tyler. “If you are looking for progressive talk radio that lifts up the often-underreported experiences of the African Diaspora,” Tyler continued, “then ‘Mark and Denise in the Morning’ is the show for you.”  “I’m really excited about getting back on the air with Mark to inform listeners here in Philadelphia and beyond,” said Clay. “I look forward to interacting with all of you again.”                                                           “Mark and Denise in the Mornings” is a production of Tyler Made Media, LLC., a new company co-owned by Mark Tyler and his wife Leslie, and was able to launch so quickly in large part due to the generosity of listeners, friends and family who donated to a Go Fund Me campaign. So far they have raised more than $5,000 in donations and sponsorships. The first major sponsor to step up was POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), an interfaith movement.  The post “Mark & Denise in the Mornings” finds new home to inform listeners            appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Roaming Florida monkeys excrete virus that can kill you, study findsRoaming Florida monkeys excrete virus that can kill you, study finds

    FLORIDA – Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans. Scientists studying a growing population of rhesus macaques in Silver Springs State Park say that rather than just carrying herpes B, which is common in the species, some of the monkeys have the virus in their saliva and other bodily fluids, posing a potential risk of spreading the disease. Human cases of the virus have been rare, with about 50 documented worldwide, and there have been no known transmissions of it to people from wild rhesus macaques in Florida, reports the AP. However, the researchers, who published their findings in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, say the issue has not been thoroughly studied. The herpes B virus has been fatal to 21 of the 50 humans known to have contracted it from macaque bites and scratches while working with the animals in laboratories, according to the CDC. “When it does occur, it can result in severe brain damage or death if the patient is not treated immediately,” a CDC rep says in a statement. The researchers estimate that up to 30% of the scores of Florida’s feral macaques may be actively excreting the virus. While there are no official stats on monkey attacks on humans in the park, a state-sponsored study in the 1990s found 31 monkey-human incidents, with 23 resulting in human injury between 1977 and 1984. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not elaborate on what specific management tactics the state may employ, but a rep said the commission supports ridding the state of the invasive creatures. More From Newser: White House Delivers News 200K in US Have Feared ‘My Dad Made an Awesome Deal for Your Dad, Bro’ Elderly Couple Dies Hours Apart in Freezing Cold

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  • Video shows sobbing patient left in cold at bus stop, wearing only a gownVideo shows sobbing patient left in cold at bus stop, wearing only a gown

    BALTIMORE, Md. – A viral video of a recently discharged patient left at a bus stop at night in Baltimore has inspired widespread outrage and prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated. The video is distressing to watch — both for its contents and for the questions it raises about the events leading up to it. A young woman, wearing only a hospital gown and socks, is left standing by a bus stop Tuesday night or early Wednesday as four men in uniforms, possibly security guards, walk away. The man who filmed it, Imamu Baraka, follows them as they leave the stop with an empty wheelchair. “Wait, so you all are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on?” he says. “That is not okay.” One of the men replies it was “due to the circumstances of what happened.” The young woman barely speaks and seems dazed, occasionally crying out. Baraka urges her sit at the bus stop, where two plastic bags full of the woman’s belongings lie on the ground next to a pair of shoes. As she approaches the cold bench, the thin gown exposes her bare skin. According to weather reports, the temperature in Baltimore was in the 30s the night the video was filmed. ‘I am disgusted’ Baraka’s Facebook posts about the incident, published early Wednesday morning, have almost 40,000 shares combined and thousands of comments expressing disbelief. His initial video has 1.2 million views. In a follow-up video, Baraka explains that he called an ambulance to come pick up the young woman and take her back to the hospital. Baraka, who says he works as a psychotherapist in the Baltimore area, acknowledges the woman could have been “unruly,” and that one of the men who dropped her off seemed to imply as much. He muses that the hospital staff should have perhaps committed her “until they are clear about what’s happening.” “You can’t expect those with mental health issues to be pleasant. Because they’re ill,” he says. “I am disgusted by the lack of empathy that I am seeing displayed.” Hospital responds The incident happened outside the University of Maryland Medical Center. “We share the shock and disappointment of many who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient from the Emergency Department of UMMC Midtown the night of January 9. This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission,” reads a statement issued by the UMMC. “While there are many circumstances of this patient’s case that we cannot address publicly, in the end we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient, no matter the circumstances of her case or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video). We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action.” Many who watched the video wondered what happened to the patient after she was taken back to the hospital. When asked about this Karen Lancaster, a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical System, said “patient privacy regulations restrict us from providing any details.”

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  • Adopt A Pet: OrbAdopt A Pet: Orb

    This week’s adoptable pup is all ready for the Eagles playoff game! Meet Orb. Orb was found as a stray and now resides with Street Tails Animal Rescue. She has a non-contagious mange, which means she's missing some hair. No need to worry though because with time it will grow back. Orb is very active and loves to play with great energy. Because she was a stray it's hard to tell her age and breed, but Orb is most likely a five-year-old terrier mix. Looking for a pet who's out of this world? Orb's your girl!

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  • Eagles Insider Talks Playoff PredictionsEagles Insider Talks Playoff Predictions

    Despite having the best record in the NFC, the Eagles are ranked as the underdogs for their upcoming playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro stopped by to talk everything Birds and shared information about an upcoming Eagles’ fundraiser supporting Autism. A lot of pressure is on backup Quarterback Nick Foles heading into the game, but Spadaro is optimistic. "I think they can go far if the pieces around Nick Foles support him and if he steps up his game. You know how it is in the playoffs...bounce here, bounce there, turnovers. I think the Eagles can certainly go into the Super Bowl and win it if all the pieces come together." After Carson Wentz's season-ending injury, the team had to work especially hard to get the number one seed for home field advantage. "I think it's a team that understands that not many people out there think they're going to win and they're putting a little chip on their shoulders. There's great excitement, there's great anticipation and there's also the understanding that you win or you go home. We haven't been to the playoffs since 2013 so everybody's really excited." Spadaro's prediction? "23-17 Eagles. I think the Eagles will try to run the football." This upcoming spring is the "Eagles Autism Challenge." On May 19th, the Birds have three different bike routes along with a family-friendly 5k walk. It benefits the hospital system in Philadelphia including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University Autism Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "We invite you to join the Eagles to bike with us, to walk with us, to raise funds for something that affects so many people. We've all been touched by Autism." If you register, you have the chance to win an exclusive bicycle autographed by Carson Wentz, Jason Kelce and Jordan Hicks. Visit Eagles Autism Challenge for more. GO BIRDS!

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  • 'America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer''America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer'

    Anton Probst brutally slaughtered eight people on a family farm in 1866

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  • Police: Woman left $100K of heroin outside Bucks County middle schoolPolice: Woman left $100K of heroin outside Bucks County middle school

    Authorities in Bensalem have arrested a 26-year-old woman who allegedly left nearly $100,000 worth of heroin outside of a local middle school last month, police announced Monday.

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  • Ex-Drexel prof behind 'white genocide' tweet gets appointment at NYUEx-Drexel prof behind 'white genocide' tweet gets appointment at NYU

    George Ciccariello-Maher resigned from Drexel at the end of 2017.

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  • Events Around Town Will Mark Dr. King’s BirthdayEvents Around Town Will Mark Dr. King’s Birthday

    MURAL at 40th Street & Lancaster Avenue in W. Philadelphia marks the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held a “Freedom Now Rally” with 10,000 people. Photo by Wendell DouglasPhiladelphia’s Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest such program in the nation. More than 140,000 people will participate in at least 1,800 projects across the tri-state region. Most are coordinated by the Philadelphia-based organization Global Citizen 365. In addition, there will be public performances and educational programs at major institutions. Following is a guide to them. 2018 MLK Weekend Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia January 12-15 The African American Museum in Philadelphia kicks off its annual MLK Weekend Celebration on Friday, January 12, with a program entitled Passion, Progress & Pulchritude: An Evening of Poetry & Music. Throughout the weekend, guests can also explore the museum’s core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876, and its current special exhibit, Gardens of the Mind as well as participate in a handful of family-geared activities, performances and workshops. A reduced admission rate of $2 per person will be offered to all visitors from Saturday through Monday. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary January 13-15 Eastern State Penitentiary honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” three times a day (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) from January 13 to 15. An informal question-and-answer session moderated by a civil rights scholar will follow each reading, and on Monday, January 15, children ages 7 to 12 can create artwork in response to the letter. The events are free and open to the public. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert Monday, January 15 Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with the Philadelphia Orchestra in its annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert will serve as a finale to the Day of Service. Tickets are first come, first served and are available online starting January 9. Seating is also first come, first served, as tickets do not guarantee entry. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center Monday, January 15 The National Constitution Center will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a day-long commemoration on Monday, January 15. Folks can enjoy $5 admission to the museum and access to special service projects, performances, educational programs and activities, including readings of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History Monday, January 15 Admission to the National Museum of Jewish History will be free all day as the museum commemorates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. A variety of special programming will unfold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including arts and crafts activities and spotlight talks about social justice. Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee discusses “The Role of Race in the Criminal Justice System” Monday, January 15 This event will be held at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, at 5:30 p.m. It will be partnering with Jewish Social Policy Action Network, Jewish Community Relations Council and National Council of Jewish Women, Philadelphia Chapter. Please register at this link: https://jewishphilly.org/get-involved/event-registrations/mlk-day-panel-role-race-criminal-justice-system-registration/. MLK Day at the National Liberty Museum Monday, January 15 The National Liberty Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with pay-what-you-wish museum admission and a variety of themed events on Monday, January 15. At both 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors can catch a screening of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, showcasing civil-rights attorney Thurgood Marshall’s triumph in the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. Guests can also partake in crafting activities and a scavenger hunt themed around civil rights. MLK Day Celebration at the Please Touch Museum Monday, January 15 Complementary to the hands-on learning environment at the Please Touch Museum, the museum will feature a day-long celebration with interactive events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Visitors can sit in on a storytelling session inspired by King’s legacy, engage in multiple crafting activities and join a musical parade promoting peace around the world. All activities are free with admission. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Monday, January 15 The Philadelphia Museum of Art is celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community-service projects taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MANNA will collect art made by visitors to distribute with the meals the organization regularly delivers to those in need. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival at Woodmere Art Museum Monday, January 15 Letter-writing sessions to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and lively storytelling are just part of the thought-provoking activities scheduled for the Woodmere Art Museum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival. Visit the museum from noon to 4 p.m. to join in on the multiple interactive education sessions scheduled to take place. All activities are free to the public. Volunteer and Service Project Opportunities on MLK Day Monday, January 15 What better way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. than to lend a hand in a service project? There are over 1,000 volunteer opportunities to choose from at places like Girard College, Awbury Arboretum and more. Historic Girard College will serve as the region’s service day hub, offering 150-plus projects to partake in alongside workshops, trainings, a job fair, a civic-engagement expo, a health and wellness fair and other events.

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  • Climate change map predicts a submerged Philly airport by 2100Climate change map predicts a submerged Philly airport by 2100

    One climate research organization predicts Philadelphia landmarks, like Philadelphia International Airport and the Navy Yard, will be submerged by rising sea levels by next century.

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  • POLS ON THE STREET: Boyle’s STABLE GENIUS Would Get Medical Exams for Prexy HopefulsPOLS ON THE STREET: Boyle’s STABLE GENIUS Would Get Medical Exams for Prexy Hopefuls

    CONGRESSMAN Brendan Boyle.BY JOE SHAHEELI Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (D-Phila.) wants to vote for a STABLE GENIUS – his own, not President Donald Trump’s. Boyle introduced the Standardizing Testing & Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection Act (STABLE GENIUS Act) on Jan. 8. It would require that all presidential candidates undergo a standardized medical examination and publically disclose its results before the election. Specifically, Boyle’s legislation would require candidates that have won the presidential nomination of a political party to file a report with the Federal Election Commission, as such candidates must do for a host of other campaign-related requirements, certifying that he or she has undergone medical examination by the Secretary of the Navy and containing the results of the examination. All FEC filings are publicly available online. “The President believes he is a ‘stable genius.’ I do not,” said the congressman. “President Trump’s reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process,” he continued. “Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President of the United States. I believe we must also be proactive and do all we can to ensure a situation like this does not arise again.” Boyle concluded, “My legislation provides a much-needed safeguard to ensure that future presidential candidates meet the basic standards of a proper, standardized medical examination, and that this information is available to the American public before voting for the office of the presidency.” Krasner Slashes, for Good or Ill Talk of the town has been incoming DA Larry Krasner’s sacking of numerous staffers in the DA’s Office within the first week of doing business. The exact number is still not clear even to DA employees, but it exceeds 30; and the human assumption is that it could be just the beginning, if it’s your job on the line. So the remaining DAO staff is on their toes, to say the least. Radical anti-establishmentarian Krasner is operating much like radical anti-establishmentarian Trump did a year earlier: Both promised to kick the rascals out, and both are at least kicking lots of people out. GASPAR, Melchior and Balthasar paid a call to State Rep. Angel Cruz, R, last Saturday in celebration of the Epiphany, known as “Día de los Reyes” in Spanish. It is customary for the Three Kings to bring gifts for children.Krasner is within his rights – especially since he is charged with revamping his office’s culture. What is less clear right now, is whether he will do so with managerial grace and productivity. Running a shop is about more than talking about its values, although values matter. Republicans struck fast, citing an ominous new statistic. “Philadelphia closed-out the year with 317 homicides, 14% more than the previous year. Larry Krasner opened his tenure as Philadelphia’s next district attorney by firing homicide prosecutors, one of whom was scheduled to begin a trial on Monday,” Republican City Committee Chair Michael Meehan stated. “It is unconscionable that within three days of assuming office, and in the midst of a significant increase in murders, that Krasner would begin his tenure by firing homicide prosecutors – one of which was scheduled to go to trial on Monday. What kind of representation are this victim and their family expected to receive? “In what we might expect from a defense attorney who made a career out of suing the police, Krasner places victims on the back burner from day one. I know that to the victor goes the spoils, but in less than 96 hours, the fate of 5% of the office has been determined. No consideration was given to upcoming trials and the resulting effect on victims and survivors,” Meehan summed up. Meehan’s critique won’t scare Democrats too much right now. The well-qualified Republican DA candidate in the November general election, Beth Grossman, took just 25% of the vote. But one-fourth of her votes were from non-Republicans. More Democratic voters will desert their ticket if violent crime gets out of hand. If Philadelphia gets back in line with the rest of the nation, where murder is going out of style, Krasner will have no worries. But if the city’s homicides keep spiking in 2018, then other Democratic city candidates may suffer from association with him. Striking back, the DA’s Office announced the appointment of Movita Johnson-Harrell, who will be joining DAO as interim supervisor of Victim Services. The Victim Services Unit is tasked with advocating on behalf of and providing services for all crime victims and witnesses in Philadelphia. Johnson-Harrell is intimately aware of the impact of crime, as she is both the mother and daughter of a homicide victim. “I am thrilled and honored to join the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in this vital mission, and look forward to serving the people of Philadelphia in my new role,” Ms. Johnson-Harrell said. Johnson-Harrell founded the CHARLES (Creating Healthy Alternatives Results in Less Emotional Suffering) Foundation in 2011 after losing her 18-year-old son, Charles Andre Johnson, to gun violence. She also suffered the loss of her father, cousin, and only brother to homicide. “I know that this moment of transition in the DAO has been confusing for some victims and their families,” said Johnson-Harrell. “I want to ensure them that our unit is open for business and that we are here to make sure that you have whatever information you need. Please, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.” Johnson-Harrell, a West Philadelphian social worker with a degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has run for state representative. “Her wealth of knowledge, depth of experience and enthusiasm will be crucial to our office’s critical mission of delivering services to witnesses of and those traumatized by crime,” Krasner said. Translation: Johnson-Harrell was hired to dispel the perception that Krasner, in being pro-defendant, is not by definition anti-victim. A significant professional challenge, in which we wish Johnson-Harrell well. Judge Maria McLaughlin, C, poses with a small part of her family at her robing ceremony at the Union League. At her right is her husband, Jon Saidel, Esq., former City Controller of Philadelphia. Photo by Joe StivalaWhile on the campaign trail, part of Krasner’s sales pitch for radically upending Philadelphia’s criminal justice system was the promise of attracting national talent. “If we are to judge by what’s happened in other jurisdictions, the office will become a tremendous magnet for new talent,” Krasner told the Intercept last year. “There are a ton of people who are either coming out of law school or who are mid-career who would love to work in a truly progressive DA’s office.” Sources inside the DAO say Krasner will soon announce one of his first high-profile hires: former Dallas County conviction integrity unit chief Patricia Cummings. Cummings left the Dallas CIU – which reviews old cases for wrongful convictions – last year and will now reportedly head up the Philly DAO’s similarly focused conviction-review unit. She is often cited for her work on the Michael Morton case – Morton, sentenced to life for a Texas homicide in the 1980s, was exonerated by new DNA evidence in 2011. A prosecutor in that case was jailed and disbarred in 2013, while the revelations prompted the passage of the “Michael Morton Act,” requiring the disclosure to defense attorneys of all police reports and witness statements beyond simply those that show guilt. Krasner has trotted out new interim administration figures, most notably new homicide unit boss Anthony Voci, Jr. – a onetime Philly ADA-turned defense attorney. Krasner also announced that Mike Lee, a defense attorney known for operating expungement clinics, will serve as interim head of the legislative unit. Former Schnader Harrison attorney Nancy Winkelman will act as interim supervisor of the department’s law division, which handles appeals as well as civil and federal litigation. Voci’s hiring bumps ADA Brian Zarallo out of the top spot in the department’s homicide squad. Sources say Zarallo, who was among those rumored to be the Friday hit list of dismissed staffers, will instead be moved to oversee a revitalized major trials unit. That unit had been phased out under former DA Seth Williams. Rumors continued to swirl within the office that more employees will soon be asked to resign or reapply for their jobs at a lower salary. The DAO has declined to comment on ongoing personnel changes. FORMER Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad hit the campaign trail at Philly for Change’s monthly meetup at Tattooed Mom’s op South Street in her bid for the Democratic 1st Congressional District primary, along with her Campaign Manager Mike Szustak. Brady Opponents Still Rolling out The announcement by convicted former Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, a West Philadelphian, that he will challenge Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) in the spring primary, is the sort of opposition an incumbent dreams of facing. Singletary was taken down by prosecutors for taking money to expunge traffic tickets. Perhaps that did not seem out of line in the climate of Traffic Court’s dying days, before Municipal Court took it over; and we lack the legal expertise to judge whether it was right or wrong. But the fact Singletary promised motorcycle riders he would forgive their tickets if they voted for him was over the top. And the 1st Congressional District probably does not have enough motorcycle riders to swing this election. Another minister, Fishtown resident Michele Lawrence, has registered a website, MicheleForCongress.com. A graver threat to the incumbent is former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad. Brady’s district includes Asian American neighborhoods where Ahmad is well connected. In her latest campaign report, Ahmad is claiming $564,000 in donations. This is serious money. Update on the 177th Free-for-All Sean Kilkenny, a Democratic candidate in the 177th Legislative District, saw a strong turnout at his first fundraiser despite wintry weather, claiming 200 supporters at the Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 hall. A member of the Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local 592, Kilkenny is in with the Building Trades Council and is expected soon to earn the backing of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. The Kilkenny campaign hopes to raise $300,000, enough to open a campaign office and to get the candidate’s message on television and via multiple mailings. He’s already been knocking doors. Kilkenny is a Father Judge grad who lives in his lifelong home. He’s a 64th Ward committeeman, a St. Matthew CYO coach and a member of Ancient Order of Hibernians Local 39 and the Mayfair Civic Association. Kilkenny describes himself as a “working-class guy” whose first job was as a busboy at Tony’s Place, when he was in 8th grade. Kilkenny’s platform includes opposition to right-to-work and paycheck-protection bills. He wants to help young people who have student-loan debt. He favors a higher minimum wage and additional funding to hire police officers. He would fight the opioid epidemic and care for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Meanwhile, State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.) has endorsed Maggie Borski for the Democratic nomination in the 177th. In a Facebook post, he called on 2018 to be the “Year of the Woman.” Borski said she looks forward to working with Sims, a fellow graduate of Bloomsburg University. “I am honored to have Rep. Sims’ endorsement,” she said. “He is absolutely right that women are underrepresented in the General Assembly.” We’ll see how far Sims’ influence travels in the 177th District primary. Total voters may not exceed 4,000. So the winner need not be the most-popular kid in the community; he or she may just head a clique that bothered to turn out to vote. Democracy, it’s called. While none of Center City Sims’ constituents live in the 177th, his financial backers, many with LGBTQ affiliations, have economic weight. Diving into a ferocious state rep race like this, financing could help. Can Sims boost Borski in this way? His own reelection campaign may be under less pressure now that a prime rival, Ben Waxman, has taken the job of press secretary for Larry Krasner. ON THE EVENING of Jan. 4, as a snowstorm pummeled Philadelphia, State Rep. Jared Solomon organized 50 volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God to shovel the sidewalks for 100 elderly and disabled residents of the Northeast. Lawmakers are tasked primarily with making laws, secondarily with blocking laws; sometimes, though, they can actually clear the way. 12th Ward Contest Brews in Germantown Jeff Templeton, 12th Ward committeeman, is running for Democratic ward leader. He has a mission – and he has a tool. “I know that the 12th Ward doesn’t have a good reputation,” Templeton said. “In fact, it has a pretty negative one. I want to change that perception.” Befitting the internet era, Templeton has created what may be a first: an entire website dedicated to a ward committee. Visit www.12thward.org to see what it looks like. The purpose of this website is to provide transparency and a resource for committee people and their constituents. The website will list ward executive staff along with their pictures. “I want to open up our ward meetings to the public,” Templeton said. In addition, he averred, “People will get things they can use on it.” They will be able to print out their own absentee ballot. They can learn how to register to vote and where to vote, how to volunteer for election-day work. Candidates can use it to arrange a meeting in the ward. It will include a calendar of important dates as well as Democratic City Committee bylaws. Davidson Honors Nichols on MLK Day State Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. Its star: Philadelphia Judge Carolyn Nichols, who is advancing to Superior Court – a big win for Philadelphia. It’ll be at the Archer-Epler VFW Post 979, 6736 Marshall Road in Upper Darby. The event is open to the public but people must pre-register by calling Davidson’s office to secure their seat. There will be no tickets distributed at the door. Look forward to a scrumptious brunch and the establishment of the first “Judge Carolyn H. Nichols Drum Major for Justice” award. Nichols has deep family connections to Delaware County and is the highest-ranking Black female justice ever elected to the Pennsylvania bench. As King was a champion of social justice and a fierce believer in inclusion, Davidson seeks to establish an event that honors diverse voices and activists in Delaware County. “Our goal is to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and acknowledge the local civil rights heroes within our own community,” Davidson said. “This event serves as a perfect opportunity for us to come together as neighbors and to celebrate the rich diversity in our community. Economic and social justice today has sparked movements on a level that we have not seen since MLK’s day from #MeToo to #BLM to #DACA to the Women’s March movements, we are seeing a new level of passion around civic engagement and activism which has led to better and healthier communities in the past and could again in the future. That is what this country is all about. That is what the legacy of Dr. King is all about. I hope folks can join us in celebrating that.” For more information, call Davidson’s office at (610) 259-7016.

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    REV. LEWIS NASH has a track record in development in Lower North Philadelphia; and, as a Laborers’ Union member, he knows something about real-estate development.BY TONY WEST Rev. Lewis Nash, Sr., pastor of Faith & Deliverance Outreach Ministry in North Central Philadelphia, formally announced his candidacy for the 181st Legislative District seat in the Democratic spring primary. That seat’s current occupant, State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, Jr., has made no public announcement of his intentions. But several sources have told the Public Record that Thomas is considering wrapping up his 30-year career in the State House. In that case, he may see how petition drives go in that district. As a committeeman in the 47th Ward, Nash will presumably start his campaign with strong backing from that body. He has also served as block captain and majority inspector. In 2015, Nash founded the Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition, which was an early endorser of then-Councilman Jim Kenney in his race for mayor. He also intended to run for City Council at Large, delivering 1,500 petition signatures, he said – but was 10 minutes late because he had been making funeral arrangements for his father, he said. In 2012, Nash had contemplated a run to replace then-State Rep. Jewell Williams when that man became sheriff. But Williams’ 197th District was redistricted that year, pushing Nash’s residence out of the 197th and into the 181st. Nash points to a busy life in other community organizations. He founded Mankind Against Poverty Holistic CDC in 2000. It is now a Registered Community Organization. Between the CDC and his ministry, Nash claimed to “feed 300 people a year on the third Saturday of each month, give out 200 toys at Christmas and 85 senior boxes a month.” He was active as a neighborhood drug warrior. Nash’s CDC played a role in negotiations to build a new headquarters for the Philadelphia Housing Authority in Sharswood. It cannot hurt Nash’s clout that he is a 30-year veteran of Laborers’ Local 332, whose own headquarters is nearby. Nash is also the Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition’s co-founder & VP. This action group came into fruition when Kenney was elected. If elected, Nash said he would “bridge the gap between [Temple] University and the community, between developers and the community.” He wants to promote “clean-and-safe” business corridors throughout the district. He advocates equal funding for all schools and day-care centers across the state. He would like to see universal bilingual education from pre-school up. Gun regulations are a particular concern for Nash. He would like to see some sort of merger between gun licenses, drivers’ licenses and auto license, so that police could easily determine if a driver had a legal right to carry arms. He would like to see the residences of persons with mental disorders on a database so that first responders would have advance indication if they were at risk when responding to that address. Nash, 50, is married and the father of infant twins. The 181st District includes the neighborhoods of North Central, Poplar, South Kensington and Francisville. It is made up of three social components: working-class Black and Latino rowhome dwellers, most of Temple campus’ surroundings, and gentrifying blocks above Spring Garden Street. Malcolm Kenyatta, an activist with chops in Liberty City Democratic Club and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, who is related to Thomas, is also in this race.

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  • Updated Jan 11th, 2018Updated Jan 11th, 2018

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  • Updated Jan. 4th, 2018Updated Jan. 4th, 2018

    Dec. 28-          Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. hosts Black Tie Event at Phila. Business & Technology Ctr., 5070 Parkside Ave., Su. 1418. Jan. 6-            State rep candidate Sean Kilkenny hosts Fundraiser at Sprinkler Fitters’ Ha., 14002 McNulty Dr., 7-11 p.m. Music, food, open bar. Contribution levels $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000. For info: electseankilkenny@gmail.com. Jan. 9-            S. Phila. Business Ass’n hosts “Who’s Hot” 50/50 Scholarship Fundraiser at Popi’s Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., Networking 6:30 p.m., Hot Pepper Challenge (Lou Galdo vs. Dr. Steven Cohen) 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20. For info: Gaeton.Tavella spba1897@gmail.com. Jan. 10-          State rep candidate Maggie Borski hosts Fundraiser at Gallo’s Seafood, 8101 Roosevelt Blvd., 6-9 p.m. Donations $50. For info: Nicholas Elia (267) 415-6438 or votemaggieborski@gmail.com. Jan. 15-          State Rep. Morgan Cephas & Lt. Gov. Mike Stack host “Pathways to Pardons Expungement Expo” at Shepard Rec Ctr., 5700 Haverford Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: 215) 879-6625. Jan. 25-          Green Party of Phila. holds Membership Mtg. at Shissler Rec Ctr., 1800 Blair St., 7 p.m. Taking nominations for 2018 City Committee. Free & open to public. For info: (215) 843-4256.

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  • OPEN SEASON: Party Committee Elections Can Transform PhillyOPEN SEASON: Party Committee Elections Can Transform Philly

    THE NONPARTISAN Committee of Seventy has a useful guide to running for committee person in Philadelphia — and this is the season, leading up to the May 15 primary election. BY TONY WEST Philadelphia’s tiniest political contests are on the line this spring. Thousands of them; in fact, no one can tell at this time precisely how many will wind up happening. Collectively, though, they are vital to the workings of partisan democracy and offer key entries to power in government. These are the elections for committee person. Each electoral division in Philadelphia – 1,684 in all, according to City Commissioner Al Schmidt – is asked to elect two committee persons for the Democratic Party and two more for the Republican Party. There could theoretically be 6,736 winning neighbors in the May 15 primary. But there won’t be. That’s because most divisions will not be able to rustle up a full roster of four committee people; many, in fact, won’t field any candidates at all. These divisions, on average representing 900 people in a handful of blocks, will have no advocate in the councils of either party; and all our governments – city, state and federal – are run by partisan officials. So voters who have no stake in a party have less say in politics. This is particularly true in Pennsylvania, where primary elections are “closed,” meaning only voters registered in a party can cast votes in its primary. Running for committee person is as grassroots as you can get. To get on the ballot, you need only 10 signatures. Even if you’re not on the ballot, a vigorous write-in campaign can beat a lackadaisical ballot candidate. And for the thousands of divisions that don’t have a full ballot for committee persons, a write-in of one can win you a seat at your neighborhood political team. If you want to change the political world, but haven’t done so yet, serving as committee person makes an excellent starting point. A quick check on basics: The city is divided into 66 wards, which in turn are divided into divisions. Each division is organized separately by City Commission’s Board of Elections, even when they take place in the same building. A division is the smallest unit of democracy. The core mission of a division is to collect the votes of the citizens who dwell within it. Each major party has a ward committee that consists of every elected committee person from all its divisions. The average ward having 26 divisions, a strong ward committee may push 50 people, but a weak Democratic committee may have only 10; and some Republican “ward committees” are operated by only a body or two (on which more later). Each ward committee elects its ward leader. And the ward leaders of each party organize the vote for their party in their ward. They endorse candidates and coordinate get-out-the-vote efforts. The current ward leader chairs the first ward committee meeting of the new term, which must take place at an appointed time within a month after the primary. Only elected committee people with certificates from the Board of Elections are allowed to enter this meeting. After that initial meeting, rules for becoming committee people are much more relaxed. Ward leaders can recruit any registered party member in one of their divisions to fill vacant slots on their committees and appoint them informally. There is no official pay for either committee persons or ward leaders in either party. But good work in a party organization can open doors to career advancement in many ways. That’s one reason why so many people do this volunteer work. But the most-common reason is simple patriotism: Committee people believe in grassroots America and want to be a part of it. Building a Strong Ward Team Strong wards have strong voices in party councils. Likewise, strong ward leaders cock an ear to strong committee persons who deliver GOTV. Entry-level people who wish to shape their party’s course may begin by seeking division leadership. You are unlikely to sway 9 million people if you cannot sway 900 people first. This means reaching out to your neighbors. Social media will not save your day if you can’t go door to door aggressively. A good committee person knows how to walk a block and look people in the eye. Knowing your neighbors’ political views can be fun – and helpful as well. “Many committee people master local issues and concerns,” noted City Commission Chairwoman Lisa Deeley. “They are experts on their communities. So they’re listened to.” The best committee people help solve problems for their neighbors outside election time, she said. 2018 Primary Is Key to Ward Control Committee elections are held every four years. The people who are elected in 2018 will steer both parties in this city until 2022. 2018 will see some “ward fights.” In these scenarios, rival power brokers attempt to take over a ward by planting a new majority on its committee. Traditional factions within both parties generally kick in a few such struggles. This year, burgeoning educated progressives seem geared up to put their own spin on ward control in some areas. But they will only succeed if they can teach their minions what wards are, what divisions are and how voting booths work. Ward fights don’t have to occur in primary years. Democratic 42nd Ward Leader Elaine Tomlin, in Olney, was ousted earlier this year by Sharon Vaughn. But inevitably they pick up in election years. Many committee people who were elected in 2014 are either disinterested, retired or dead in 2018. Committee membership is tilted toward the elders, since it doesn’t pay and people with young children have to work for pay. But this guarantees hundreds of vacancies all across Philadelphia from simple attrition. Joining a Democratic ward committee makes sense in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 to 1. People who want to swing municipal policy one way or another will find an advantage in becoming Democratic committee people. But there are good reasons for becoming a Republican committee person as well. The state and federal governments are still controlled by Republicans. Important business is controlled by this party. People in highly Democratic wards who want to cultivate relationships with “higher powers” may find value in becoming the “house Republican” of their division. Republican committee candidates in heavily Democratic candidates may have to scuffle if they want to get on the ballot. Their challenge is catching signatures from 10 registered Republicans in their division. This makes their work harder than that of their Democratic peer. But in divisions with few Republicans, it’s almost effortless to win a write-in campaign for that division. You just have to register as a Republican for that election. As long as you are a registered Republican, you cannot vote for a Democrat in the primary, but you can do so in the general election. If you want to run for committee person, you have two channels: for your ward leader or against them. If you aim to oppose your ward leader or challenge their allegiances, you should do so on the QT. Study your voter list and dodge around their likely supporters. Keep them in the dark as long as possible. If you aim to uphold your ward leader and their allegiances, keep an ear open for rumors of dissent. If you hear any in your division, hit the campaign trail if you haven’t already. Where should activists focus their effort? They should begin by studying the masters – the wards that deliver a solid ballot of committee persons. These are the grassroots mavens of Philadelphia street politics. In the Democratic Party, only 14 of 66 wards were able to come up with a full complement of elected committee persons in 2014. That’s a sorry number for a party that claims six out of seven registered Philadelphia voters. They vote – but they literally don’t vote for themselves, to do any work for their party. Democratic wards that elected full committee slates in 2014 were the 1st, 9th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 28th, 30th, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 42nd, 55th and 64th. A shout-out is in special order for 64th Ward Democratic Leader Lorraine Bednarek and Republican Leader Bob Cummings in the Northeast, who delivered the only ward with a full complement of committee people in both parties. It will be good if they continue to set an example in 2018. South Philadelphia wards tend to lead in signing up committee persons. West and Northwest Philadelphia wards tend to lag in this area. But across all wards, committee people will be ageing out and signing out in droves. Now is the time for newcomers to enlist in their party process. Full ward-committee staffing is an equal-opportunity opportunity. Rich neighborhoods do not do well at this. Some poor neighborhoods fail while others excel. Credit goes to the ward leaders who see to it that all their divisions are covered. But credit also goes to the activists who sign up to tackle this essential mission, and who seek to do it better. Interested in becoming a committee person? The time to get cracking is now, if you want to go against an incumbent. But if you’re going after an open slot, you just need to get 10 signatures in by March 7. If that doesn’t work, try a write-in campaign! You should begin by checking City Commission’s website, https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/.

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  • Updated Jan. 4thUpdated Jan. 4th

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  • POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Race of the Century? Could BePOLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Race of the Century? Could Be

    REBECCA RHYNHART was sworn in as Philadelphia’s first woman city controller on Tuesday. She was accompanied by her daughter Julia Bright, whom Rhynhart said she hoped would grow up to think it normal that women be leaders. Photo by Wendell DouglasBY JOE SHAHEELI More people are eyeing the 177th Legislative District race than were watching in the stands by the fourth quarter of the last Eagles game. It is unprecedented for a state rep race to draw so much attention so far in advance of the May 15 primary. But this is no ordinary seat. It’s the one currently held by State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) in the neighborhoods of Port Richmond, Bridesburg and Mayfair. Taylor will retire at the end of this year and many are wondering what will become of it. Taylor is the last inner-city Republican in the Pennsylvania legislature and one of only two Republicans in the Philadelphia caucus on Capitol Hill. A 34-year veteran, Taylor has held numerous leadership roles, currently chairing the Transportation Committee. Diligent, thoughtful and unassuming, he speaks softly but carries a big stick. His district is solidly Democratic in registration now. But he has shrugged off Democratic challengers for decades because of his stellar reputation for constituent service. In blue-collar communities, service is a legislator’s first mission. People with slim resources and weighty problems need help with their affairs. And no appeal to Taylor goes unaddressed. His offices on Thompson Street and Richmond Street are as essential as Wawas to 63,000 Philadelphians. Who will fill his shoes? Both parties have a big stake in this game. Democrats, at a longterm low in the State House, cannot pass up an opportunity to take a seat on what should be their turf. Philadelphia Republicans are likewise at a longterm low in competitive offices and badly want to hang onto it. By general consent, the backup go-to for constituent service in that area is Patty-Pat Kozlowski. Once an aide to Democratic Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, Kozlowski also worked for the Port Richmond Star. But she has served for years in the Parks & Recreation Department, where she is now its stewardship coordinator. She is well known and universally respected on home ground. LARRY KRASNER was sworn in by his wife, CommonPlease Court Judge Lisa Rau, with his son, NathanKrasner, holding the Bible as Church of the Advocate’s Rev. Rev. Isaac Miller witnessed.Kozlowski also meets another useful political test: ethnicity. Port Richmond is a center of the city’s Polish American community. But hers is one of two Polish surnames being bruited about. Meanwhile, there are three possible competitors on the Democratic side alone named Sean … more on them later. Both parties have reached out to her. But no person from a blue-collar background walks away from a good City job for an uncertain future as a politician. So Kozlowski is weighing her options. If Kozlowski doesn’t run, that’ll be fine with, at last count, 13 other people who are studying this race. Three have already declared, at least three others have teams in place and the remainder are sniffing. Because of the unique importance of this seat, outside power brokers are probing its possibilities. Let’s start with the formally announced. All are young, as Philly pols go. Joe Hohenstein, an immigration lawyer, challenged Taylor on the Democratic ballot in 2016. Taylor beat him 55-45%. Starting with ballot name recognition, Hohenstein should have some advantage. But his platform has always been issue-based, not service- based. Sean Patrick Wayland has been campaigning for a year. An Iraq War veteran from a union family, he joined Ironworkers Local 502 when he got back. He used his GI benefits to get a degree and now is an engineering tech for a commercial-lighting company. Iraq got him started. “For the first time, I realized that political decisions affected my life,” Wayland said. He went on the Women’s March in Washington last year and resolved afterwards to seek political office. Working from home, Wayland has an edge in a kind of politics where shoes still matter. He has hit about 1,000 doorsteps so far, he estimated. Justin Salmasi early announced a campaign but has since dropped out. He is a copier-repair sales agent. Keep an eye on him for the future. Known to be gunning for this seat are three other ambitious up-and-comers. Fresh out of law school, Maggie Borski will be barely old enough to occupy this seat. But she is the daughter of former Congressman Bob Borski, who, even many years later, has name recognition in the River Wards. Did we mention “Borski” is a Polish name? Also, if Kozlowski is out, Borski would be the only female on the ballot in the year of #metoo. Democratic 23rd Ward Leader Dan Savage is an obvious candidate. He served as Philadelphia district councilman and has the background to carry out a state rep’s duties. Sean Kilkenny is a union Plasterer with Local 592. He comes with a deep base in the building trades, which matters in the 177th. Other players are Dan Martino, secretary of the Olde Richmond Civic Association who has been active in town watch; Tom Forkin, 55th Ward Democratic Chair, now allied with State Rep. Mike Driscoll (D-Northeast) but who earlier worked for Republican House Speaker Denny O’Brien; and 45th Ward Leader Harry Enggasser, who has also challenged Taylor before and enjoys name recognition as well as contacts. Democratic City Committee Chairman Congressman Bob Brady will back Enggasser if asked. And that’s just the Democrats. Other GOP hopefuls are also scanning the gameboard. Republican 55th Ward Leader Chris Vogler must be mentioned, his father, 21st Ward Leader Walt Vogler, is a heavyweight on the Republican City Committee. Brian Caputo is a former staffer of Councilman Brian O’Neill (10th Dist.). Tim O’Brien is a former bail commissioner who now works with Councilman David Oh (at Large). All three have names that matter in this district. There is an odd tension in this race, in that it’s not clear it’s in the Democratic Party’s best interest to win. Regardless of how big a wave Keystone State Democrats ride in November, there is no chance they will take back either chamber of the General Assembly. Therefore, all State legislation that affects Philadelphia must be blessed by Republicans. There is no way this can be reversed before 2022 at least. Many city Democrats have, for this reason, long looked to Taylor as the unofficial head of the Philadelphia caucus in Harrisburg. Through Taylor, the city may wheedle some of what it needs from the upstaters; without him – no way. Dems are used to turning to Taylor to make practical asks of the State. Without him, as one highly placed Democratic official said, “Whom do I go to?” The answer, at this time, is nobody. More State Rep Races Light up Plenty of attention has already been focused on the 184th Legislative race, where State Rep. Bill Keller (D-S. Phila.) is as well ensconced as Taylor. Both have served working-class neighborhoods throughout their careers. STATE REP. Jim Roebuck, C, drew a large crowd to his holiday skating party at the Laura Sims Skate House in Cobbs Creek.But Keller’s district is under considerably more pressure from demographic change. His district, which encompasses Pennsport, Whitman and E. Passyunk, has seen serious immigration from upscale yuppies as well as poor Asian immigrants. It’s no longer clear who has the pulse on this neighborhood. Working such a community calls for shoeleather. At 67, Keller has reached retirement age. So, although he’s still vigorous, it’s normal that younger politicos are circling around his office. Already in the Democratic primary are Nick DiDonato, a former police detective, Elizabeth Fiedler, a former WHYY reporter; Billy Ciancaglini, a criminal-defense attorney; and Tom Wyatt, who is affiliated with Columbus Square and the Andrew Jackson School. Wyatt ran for City Council at Large in 2015, raising $200,000 in the process. In Lower North Philadelphia. Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce political expert Malcolm Kenyatta is going after the seat now held by State Rep. Curtis Thomas (N. Phila.). A state rep since 1988, Thomas has reached an honorable retirement age. Kenyatta is young. That doesn’t mean Thomas aims to retire. But Kenyatta, a millennial, would have been ill advised formally to launch his campaign this week if he thought it would be offensive to Thomas and his staff. ATTORNEY Jeff Camp drew 150 supporters to his kickoff rally at the University City Arts League. He is challenging State Rep. Jim Roebuck.In West Philly, State Rep. Jim Roebuck will be challenged by attorney Jeff Curry in the 188th District. It’s a University City area 72-year-old Roebuck has served faithfully for dog’s years. But Curry springs from the community of educated young parents who cluster around the Parent Infant Center and the Penn Alexander School. It’s a natural network that fits the size of a state rep race. Roebuck has faced challenges before. In 2012, he survived a charge by Fatimah Muhammad, a self-professed bisexual Muslim. Muhammad garnered 44% of the vote – a close call for a Philadelphia state rep. Muhammad was backed by State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phjla.), with whom Roebuck was on the outs at that time. They have since repaired their relationship. In 2014, Roebuck was opposed in the Democratic primary by real-estate pro Algernong Allen. A darling of the Cedar Park progressive community, Allen got 31% of the vote. But the fact remains that Roebuck – the Democratic chair of the Education Committee, with deep experience in fighting for public education in Philadelphia – is under siege again in his own educated neighborhood. Life isn’t fair, and politics is even less fair. DC 33 National Leader to Be Honored On Jan. 15, the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc., will honor the National President of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Lee Saunders, at the 36th annual Awards & Benefit Luncheon and 50th year Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s anniversary of his assassination. AFSCME District Council 33 is extremely proud and honored to have its highest leader receive the association’s “Drum Major” award. This award allows AFSCME District Council 33 and its many friends an opportunity to recognize Saunders for his many outstanding contributions and accomplishments that are exemplary of those fostered by Dr. King. Expect a strong turnout for this illustrious event, which is the capstone of the Martin Luther King Day of Service’s many activities. Wagner’s on the Ball in the ’Burg, He Says State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) has riposted to his opponent in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Pittsburgh health-care businessman Paul Mango, who called Wagner out for missing votes in the Senate. “Part of what makes Scott an effective leader is his willingness to step outside the Harrisburg bubble to gain insight into how to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and reduce unemployment,” his campaign manager Jason High said. “Of the 99 votes Scott has missed in his time in the Senate, 83 took place during a three-day period when he was attending an international business conference doing just that. During his time as a lawmaker, Scott has never backed away from a tough fight, and not once has missed a chance to cast the deciding vote. In fact, only five of the votes he has missed were on bills that did not pass the Senate with the support of at least a super-majority. “Scott has done everything in his power to stop Gov. Wolf’s excessive taxes and wasteful spending and to suggest otherwise is a dishonest attack by a candidate struggling for traction.”

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  • City Officials Announce Snow Emergency Effective at MidnightCity Officials Announce Snow Emergency Effective at Midnight

    With a storm approaching, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning at 12:01 am on Thursday, January 4. For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow […] The post City Officials Announce Snow Emergency Effective at Midnight appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.

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  • POLS ON THE STREET: Warring Republicans Strengthen Wolf’s HandPOLS ON THE STREET: Warring Republicans Strengthen Wolf’s Hand

    CONGRESSIONAL aide Donald “Ducky” Birts serves a tour of duty as Santa Claus at Laborers’ Local 332’s holiday party for children in West Poplar. Photo by Wendell Douglas BY JOE SHAHEELI Over the winter holiday weekend, most political maneuvering grinds to a halt. In Philadelphia, at least. But in the hinterlands of Pennsylvania, there is no peace on the Wyoming Valley, the Dutch Country or Southwestern Pennsylvania. There, the war for the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the spring 2018 primary rages unabated. Republican candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf abound. That may signal good news for Republicans: multiple candidates usually are attracted by easy prey. But it’s hard to read the signals for the 2018 election. Republican President Donald Trump is broadly unpopular among most Pennsylvanians – but the Republican primary voter base remains loyal to him. Thus, the numerous Republican aspirants to the gubernatorial nomination in March 2018 all face an uphill battle. Their strategies must calculate how to hold the hard-core Trump-lovers in their base while reaching out to moderates in their fringe. YOUNG DEMOCRATS enjoyed a lively holiday party at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard. Flanking City Commission Chair Lisa Deeley were DCC Chair Congressman Bob Brady, L, and affable former City Controller Jonathan Saidel – forever Young Democrats at heart. Photo by Wendell Douglas Good news for Democrats is that four Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will be bad-mouthing each other from now till May. Collectively, they will dig up enough dirt on each of them to make Wolf’s job easier in the general – without Wolf spending a dime. Three are from greater Pittsburgh: business execs Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango, along with Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny). One is from the Dutch Country: State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York). All profess fealty to Trump. But who is Trumpier than Trump; and does that help them or hurt them? Mango has come out of the gate condemning sexual harassment – a hot-button issue now – citing his female family members as witnesses to his probity. Okay. He would be the first GOP gubernatorial hopeful to seek to surf on the wave of #MeToo. That may matter in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Dutch Country cities. But it’s not enough to be a good guy in a four-way primary. One must concentrate on busting one’s rivals. STATE SEN. Vincent Hughes celebrated the holidays with a charitable fundraiser. L-R were Portia Hurst, Hughes’ wife Sheryl Lee with rescue dog, Hughes, Sandi Ogburn and Denise Gardner. Photo by Wendell Douglas Mango appears to be doing that as he targets Wagner, who was first out of the gate in the Republican primary race. Wagner has closely identified with Trump, to the point that there is no room for other Republicans to paint themselves as Trumpier than him. Mango must find ways to attack Wagner that appeal to conservatives without referencing The Donald. Now Mango is pounding Wagner on his no-show record in the Pennsylvania Senate. Wagner rose to the surface in the last senatorial election cycle as an outsider who would bring business sense to State government. Wagner owns a prosperous business carting away trash for Dutch Country municipalities. But Mango is hammering Wagner for not going to work in the chamber he sought election to. POSING with Santa Claus at State Sen. Tina Tartaglione’s new office were State Rep. Angel Cruz, the Grinch, Santa, Carmen the Elf, Tartaglione and Cindy Lou from Whoville. Photo by Leona Dixon Matt Beynon, advisor to the Mango for Governor campaign, said, “Scott Wagner needs to come clean about his own record. He had over a week to get his facts straight but still either doesn’t know his own voting record or is trying to mislead the people of Pennsylvania about his failure to serve. Scott Wagner missed 109 votes during his time in the Pennsylvania State Senate; that is more than any other member of the Senate. Fact.” Wagner illustrates the dilemma that all anti-government Republican extremists face. If everything government does is bad, then obviously no elected Republican should ever show up for work. But this is completely untenable as a governing principle. People who have sworn to destroy all government do not make good leaders of good governments. Polls suggest that Wolf can be unseated. But there is no sign yet that any particular Republican knows how to unseat him. CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, 9th from R, chairman of Democratic City Committee, and staff are on hand each year as a multitude of well-wishers pop in on Spring Garden Street to say a Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa hello with them. Brady has transformed his party from a “machine” into a family of rowhouse neighbors on duty for constituents. Photo by Joe Stivala

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  • Running for Judge in Philly – Who Gets Paid?Running for Judge in Philly – Who Gets Paid?

    BY DAVID LYNN Every two years, Philadelphia voters go to the polls in small numbers, and cast ballots for individuals they barely know anything about. These individuals become 1st Judicial District judges serving in Philadelphia County courts, with great power over peoples’ lives. Although the city of Philadelphia has a two-party system in theory, the only race that matters during a judicial election cycle is the Democratic primary, held in odd-numbered years, usually in May. In most cases, voters may vote for more than one judicial candidate per office, further adding to the confusion. There is no surefire path to victory. But ballot position matters, endorsements matter and get-out the-vote efforts matter. Since judicial candidates run citywide, these races can be complicated and expensive. Some individuals and organizations have set themselves up as “experts” for getting elected judge in Philadelphia. Although campaign finance laws are only loosely enforced in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, reports still get filed, and we can examine who got paid what kind of money to assist judicial candidates. For the purposes of this article, we limited our investigation to the 2017 Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court judicial race on the Democratic side. We also discounted any expense of less than $2,000. The data come from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania campaign-finance reports from the first, second and third cycles of 2017. There were 27 candidates on the Democratic ballot for Common Pleas Court judge. Nine survived the Democratic primary and continued to the general election. The candidates are listed with their vote totals (highest first) as follows: There were six candidates for Municipal Court judge on the Democratic ballot. Voters could vote for up to two candidates. Candidates were allowed to register for more than one office. Several individuals ran for both Common Pleas and Municipal Court. Because so few voters pay attention to the judicial races, candidates must compete aggressively in the scant pool of primary votes. A cottage industry has sprung up to help candidates do just that. Department of State data show who was paid for consulting, get-out-the-vote and other activities. No exhaustive exhaustive list exist of individuals and organizations that receive funds from candidates. But one can read much in the data about who the major players are and what their impact is. Taking a Ride on Big Players’ Ballots Perhaps the biggest player in the Democratic primary is the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee itself. It appears to have taken money from nine Common Pleas candidates and two Municipal Court candidates. With the exception of Vincent Melchiorre, who donated $15,000, all the other candidates gave $35,000. It is interesting to note that paying money to Philadelphia Democratic City Committee is not a surefire way to get elected. Deborah Cianfrani, Lucretia Clemons, Shanese Johnson, Zac Shaffer and Judge Stella Tsai won; but David Conroy, Judge Vincent Melchiorre, Crystal Powell and Judge Daniel R. Sulman lost. Two Municipal Court candidates gave large amounts to the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee: Marissa Brumbach and George Twardy. Brumbach won while Twardy lost. Candidates also differed greatly on how this expense was labeled. Some simply called it “GOTV” while others were quite blunt, labeling it as “Endorsement” or, in one case, “Endorsement/Assessment.” At a lower tier, some judicial candidates took a ride on the campaigns of more-prominent citywide candidates, in particular, entrants in the hotly contested district attorney race. The following candidates for Common Pleas Court gave to Citizens for Rich Negrin: Deborah Canty, Leonard Deutchman, Vikki Kristiansson, Rania Major, Henry McGregor Sias and Crystal Powell. Canty and Kristiansson won. Most of the candidates gave $5,000, although Powell only gave $2,500. Marissa Brumbach, who was running for Municipal Court, gave Negrin $3,000. Some of the same candidates hedged their bets by giving to Joe for Philly, the PAC for DA candidate Joe Khan. Common Pleas Court candidates who gave to his campaign, most likely to be listed on his sample ballot, were as follows: Leonard Deutchman, Leon Goodman, Vikki Kristiansson, John Macoretta and Rania Major. Only Kristiansson won. The going rate for Khan’s ballot-listing privilege seems to have been $5,000, although Leon Goodman and Municipal Court candidate Marissa Brumbach both paid only $2,500. The Busy World of Campaign Consultants Then come the freelance PACs and consultants. A curious big player in the race was an entity called Black Voter Block PAC. This supposed PAC received $82,335 in 13 contributions from the following Common Pleas candidates: Lucretia Clemons, Judge Vincent Furlong, Leon Goodman, Vikki Kristiansson, Brian McLaughlin and Judge Vincent Melchiorre. On the Municipal Court side, Marissa Brumbach gave $3,000 to this PAC. All PACS that participate in judicial races must be registered with the Department of State, but Right to Know requests filed with DOS did not turn up any such PAC. In several instances, candidates simply did not list an address or listed “Information Requested” for an address for this expenditure. One listed the address of a hotel near the airport; another listed a residential address in Chester, Pa. Black Voter Block PAC scored well: five of its seven clients won judgeships. A number of PACs act as vehicles for the individual consultant who runs them. This seems to be the case with Liberty Square PAC, chaired by Charles Finney. His PAC received funds from the following Common Pleas Court candidates: Deborah Cianfrani, Vikki Kristiansson, Judge Vincent Melchiorre, Zac Shaffer, Judge Daniel Sulman and Judge Stella Tsai. In addition, Finney’s for-profit enterprise appeared in expenditures reported by Marissa Brumbach, Deborah Cianfrani, Lucretia Clemons, David Conroy, Henry McGregor Sias, Judge Vincent Melchiorre, Judge Daniel R. Sulman, Judge Stella Tsai and George Twardy. Collectively, Finney and his PAC collected $210,000 in large-scale contributions from 11 Philadelphia judicial candidates, six of whom won. Finney’s going rate for 1st Judicial District hopefuls was apparently $20,000. Brumbach paid only $15,000 to the PAC. Edgar “Sonny” Campbell, Democratic 4th Ward leader, is treasurer of Genesis IV PAC. The following candidates for Common Pleas Court paid Genesis IV PAC $25,000 for consulting, GOTV, or other similar expenses: Deborah Cianfrani, David Conroy, Lucretia Clemons, Shanese Johnson, Judge Vincent Melchiorre, Zac Shaffer, Judge Daniel Sulman and Judge Stella Tsai. Municipal Court candidates Marissa Brumbach and George Twardy also gave the PAC $25,000 each. Genesis IV’s victory margin was an impressive 6 for 8. Some consultants get paid directly without filtering money through a PAC. This was the case with M. Joseph “Ozzy” Myers. He was paid a total of $24,000 by the following three Common Pleas Court candidates: Vikki Kristiansson, John Macoretta and Zac Shaffer. Municipal Court candidate George Twardy also paid Myers $20,000 each. Another active player is John Cooper, a consultant whose address was occasionally given as 1719 Spring Garden Street (close to, if not at, IBEW Local 98 headquarters). Cooper obtained fees for consulting, GOTV and petitions. Cooper was paid more than $41,000 by the following Common Pleas Court candidates: Deborah Cianfrani, Judge Vincent Furlong, Leon Goodman, Vikki Kristiansson, John Macoretta and Zac Shaffer. George Twardy, candidate for Municipal Court, also paid Cooper $4,428 for petitions. Overall, Cooper batted 4 for 7. Readers of DOS data should be cautioned that, like any massive database, it is prone to data-entry glitches, on the part both of filing candidates and committees, as well as DOS employees. Database updates are ongoing. It typically takes months to confirm the accuracy of all filings, especially if they have not been previously challenged. Data for the fourth and fifth cycle 2017 have not been published at the time of this writing, and the deadline for 2017 cycle 6 has just passed. But in a few months, savvy observers will be able to see if there were any other major expenditures by candidates after the primary for GOTV efforts.

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  • City To Host Hanukkah Celebration On Boathouse RowCity To Host Hanukkah Celebration On Boathouse Row

      Mayor Jim Kenney, City officials and members of the Jewish community host an event on the first night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, December 12th. MLK Drive will be shut down to traffic between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive that evening so that attendees can […] The post City To Host Hanukkah Celebration On Boathouse Row appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.

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  • Original Love Park Granite Keepsakes to Be Sold Exclusively at Christmas VillageOriginal Love Park Granite Keepsakes to Be Sold Exclusively at Christmas Village

    Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) announced that for the first time ever it will be selling merchandise at the Christmas Village Information Hut at Love Park for the 2017 Holiday Season. Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition collectibles created using materials […] The post Original Love Park Granite Keepsakes to Be Sold Exclusively at Christmas Village appeared first on Philadelphia News | Новости Филадельфии.

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  • 55 percent of Americans say Trump's mental fitness is a legitimate question:
55 percent of Americans say Trump's mental fitness is a legitimate question: Poll

    A majority of Americans think that Trump's mental fitness for the presidency is a legitimate issue, a new survey shows. According to the SurveyMonkey poll released Friday, 55 percent of Americans said that raising the issue was important, while 41 percent said attempts to do so were politically motivated. Predictably, the results break down along partisan lines: 88 percent of Democrats say it's an important issue, compared to 54 percent of independents and just 19 percent of Republicans. Concerns about Trump's mental fitness for the office have spiked after the release of the new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which contends that the president's closest advisers question his mental stability. Author Michael Wolff claims that Trump has been unable to recognize old friends and that his behavior is impulsive and childlike. In an interview promoting the book, Wolff has said that within the president's inner circle, discussion of removing him via the 25th Amendment is "alive every day." The survey was taken between January 10-11, a few days after Wolff made those remarks. In December, more than a dozen members of Congress met with a Yale psychiatry professor for two days to discuss President Trump's mental fitness for office. During meetings on Dec. 5 and 6, Dr. Bandy X. Lee warned the group that Trump "is going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs." Lee edited "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," in which 27 psychiatrists assessed the president's mental state as "dangerous." On Jan. 6, Trump tweeted that he is "a very stable genius." On Tuesday afternoon, White House doctor Ronny Jackson appeared at the daily press briefing to discuss the results of Trump's physical exam. He said there were "no concerns" about the president's cognitive ability. He told reporters the president scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a "cognitive screening test designed to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease."

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  • VIDEO: Cory Booker blasts DHS Kirstjen Nielsen for her claiming she didn’t
hear Trump make derogatory comments
VIDEO: Cory Booker blasts DHS Kirstjen Nielsen for her claiming she didn’t hear Trump make derogatory comments

    Senator Cory Booker blasted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for saying she didn’t hear President Trump refer to Haiti and parts of Africa as “shithole countries” The New Jersey Democratic senator went into a tirade, claiming Nielsen denied hearing President Trump use the derogatory word during a meeting on immigration. “The commander in chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language, that language festers,” Booker said. “When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicit in it, Booker said to Nielsen.   During the hearing, Nielsen was asked if Trump used “shithole” or similar language to describe African countries during Trump’s immigration policy meeting a week ago. During the hearing, Nielsen said she “did not hear” President Trump say the word “shithole.” Nielsen said she wanted to  “move forward” from discussing the language Trump used in a meeting that happened a week ago. Cory Booker shakes hands with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen before the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security' on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Credit: Getty Images Booker, appearing to be outraged shouted, “I hurt!” “When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in that meeting, and for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues … when tens of millions of Americas are hurting right now because of what they're worried about what happened in the White House, that's unacceptable to me! Booker said it was “unacceptable” that Nielsen said she didn’t recall Trump’s words. Watch Cory Booker blast DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for denying Trump's vulgar comments

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  • Jaguars Patriots: Jags named Sacksonville for a reason
Jaguars Patriots: Jags named Sacksonville for a reason

    That the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship is not much of a surprise.   That the Jacksonville Jaguars are as well? OK, that's a surprise.   But as the NFL season comes down to four remaining teams, the Jaguars are by far the least likely of the bunch to make it this far, with the Eagles and Vikings representing the NFC.   Consider that prior to this season, the Jaguars had finished 5th-worst or lower in every season since 2011.   Now, led on offense by quarterback Blake Bortles - who almost lost his job prior to this season - and star rookie running back Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars are not to be taken lightly.   Just ask the Steelers, who couldn't wait to head to New England for the AFC Championship Game . . . now they'll have to wait another year.   But despite a bit of a Bortles resurgence and Fournette rookie emergence, it's been the Jaguars defense that has played lights out and gotten them to where they are today (though the 45-42 win over the Steelers might not back that up).   Nicknamed "Sacksonville", the Jaguars' extremely dangerous defense has been a storyline all season. They were without a doubt the AFC's best defense, leading the conference in total yards allowed per game (286.1), pass yards allowed per game (169.9), and points allowed per game (16.8).   They allowed the lowest completion percentage for opposing quarterbacks (56.8), the lowest opposing quarterback rating (68.5), finished second in sacks (55), second in interceptions (21), and second in forced fumbles (17) - five of which were returned for touchdowns. The Jags also scooped and scored one against the Steelers on Sunday.   So what does all of this mean?    The people at TB12 Headquarters will need to be working overtime this week to make sure Brady can withstand what will be a full-on attack by the Jaguars defense.   So that means throw on extra layer of recovery sleepwear. Maybe it's double the avocado in his ice cream, sprinkled with Himalayan pink salt. Do not let him within 10 yards of a nightshade vegetable, either.   Historically speaking, it's been opposing defenses that can pressure Brady and throw off his timing that have had success against the Patriots. Both the Broncos and the Giants have won big games against an overwhelmed Patriots offensive line and hurried Brady.   The Titans were not able to get to Brady for a single sack on any of his 13 pressured dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.   That’s highly unlikely to be the case this weekend.   But while the Jaguars will most likely bring that pressure, the Steelers proved that you could be successful against it. According to Pro Football Focus, Ben Roethlisberger was pressured on 30.6-percent of his dropbacks, but threw for three touchdowns and a 120.6 passer rating on those plays.    Big Ben connected on six of eight deep balls (over 20 yards) for 190 yards and four touchdowns. Of course, it helps when you’re throwing to Antonio Brown.   New England will look to establish the run next week as well, with Jacksonville’s run defense a little bit more down to earth over the course of a season than its pass defense.   */ The Jags allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game this season (10th in the AFC), so players like Dion Lewis and James White could be used more out of the backfield, while Rex Burkhead reportedly is expected to return.

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  • Pence red-faced as pastor described Trump's 'shithole' remarks: Report
Pence red-faced as pastor described Trump's 'shithole' remarks: Report

    Well, that was awkward. Vice President Mike Pence blushed while a pastor denounced President Trump's "shithole countries" remarks from the pulpit during a service Pence attended, the "New York Daily News" reported on Monday. Rev. Maurice Watson spoke out against Trump to murmurs of agreement from his congregation. “I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” he said at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Maryland. “And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong," said Watson. "And they ought to be held accountable.” Attendees voiced agreement; some rose to their feet and applauded as Pence blushed, according to people attending the service. Watson said he was “led by God to do it,” because many of his parishioners were born in the countries Trump belittled. The controversy known as "Shitgate" or "Shitholegate" raged throughout the weekend. It originated in a bipartisan meeting on an immigration deal, in which President Trump described the Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" and suggested that fewer immigrants be accepted from those areas and more from Norway, the Washington Post reported. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the remarks, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) obliquely backed him up. The issue is at the crux of a spending bill, which must be approved to avoid a government shutdown by Jan. 19. Sunday's incident wasn't the first time Pence was admonished from the stage while he sat in the audience. At a November 2016 performance of the musical "Hamilton," the cast delivered an unscripted entreaty for the incoming Trump administration to work on behalf of all Americans. Trump accused the cast of harassing the vice president-elect, while Pence said he wasn't offended by the remarks.

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  • Bruins with unique opportunity to bury the Canadiens
Bruins with unique opportunity to bury the Canadiens

    If you are a Bruins (24-10-8) fan, you really couldn’t have drawn things up any better this week at least in terms of what the team can potentially do their most bitter rival - the Canadiens (18-20-6) - over the next few days. Boston beat Montreal 4-3 in a thoroughly entertaining shootout at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. Now, the Habs come to TD Garden for a game on Wednesday (7:30, NBC Sports) before the Original Six clubs meet once again on Saturday night (7, NESN) in Montreal. It’s extremely rare to see the same opponent this many times in such a short span during the regular season but nobody could possibly argue which team is in better shape heading into these two pivotal matchups. Despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas (25-17-3) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Boston is still 7-0-3 in its last 10 games and its point-streak was extended to a whopping 13 games (9-0-4). The B’s have two games in hand over Montreal and yet they have amassed 14 more points than former head coach Claude Julien’s struggling outfit. The Canadiens lost an overtime contest of their own on Monday as they fell 5-4 to the Islanders (23-18-4) at home. In that game, Montreal fired 56 shots but they were stymied by the immortal Thomas Greiss, who made a career-high 52 saves to pick up the key two points for New York - which is in a real dog fight for a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Let’s be honest here: the Canadiens are far from a good team in 2017-18. Beset by injuries to key players like defenseman Shea Weber and the underachievement of other top players like Max Pacioretty (who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors), the Habs are likely to finish way outside of the playoff race in the East. This is precisely what makes them so dangerous though to the Bruins and any other contender in the NHL: they have absolutely nothing to lose while they play out the string on this ill-fated campaign. Montreal is 3-5-2 in its last 10 games with a goal-differential of minus-23 overall. As you would expect, they are terrible on the road (7-12-1) - whereas the Bruins are great at the Garden (14-5-4) and very good on the road (10-5-4) with a solid goal-differential of plus-29. “Teams are coming and they look at the way we play,” noted ageless Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “They’re going to be, obviously, motivated to play us. We’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for everybody who comes into this building or who we’re going to play.” In between these latest installments of the best rivalry in hockey, Boston visits the Islanders on Thursday and Montreal goes to Washington (28-14-3) on Friday (7:30). I’m not predicting that Julien will be fired but you’d have to think that he’s on the hot seat and after all, the easiest thing to do in times like these is to blame the coach. Plus, he’s already been fired once before from the Canadiens so this second go-around always had an expiration date on it anyway. 

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  • ‘I want to educate and entertain’: Jerry Bruckheimer talks ’12 
‘I want to educate and entertain’: Jerry Bruckheimer talks ’12 Strong’

    While Jerry Bruckheimer’s career is littered with plenty of examples of blockbuster Hollywood spectacle at its finest, the producer also likes to bring true stories to life, too. “12 Strong” follows in the vein of “Remember The Titans” and “Black Hawk Down,” bringing the antics of the first U.S. Special Forces that were sent into Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11 to the big-screen. Their story was kept under wraps from the public until Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band Of US Soldiers Who Rode To Victory In Afghanistan” was released back in 2010. During my conversation with Jerry Bruckheimer earlier this month the producer admitted, after it was put in front of him, it didn’t take long for the project to pique his interest. “I think it is a unique story about men that deserve to be remembered, who were accomplishing something that had been classified for a long time.” “I like making movies that not only entertain but are educational. I like making pieces about people who should be remembered. People who changed things for the better. They would have been forgotten if it weren’t for Doug Stanton, who wrote the book, and us for making the movie.” Bruckheimer also saw “12 Strong” as an opportunity to make a “very cinematic,” and timely film about what is currently going on and “people working together to make the world a better place.” “It’s about the professionalism of the military force, and these guys are highly intelligent, but also deadly. It is also a realistic portrayal of what is going in the world and what happened in that time period over in Afghanistan. How a small military force goes into a foreign country and bonds with the Muslim and Afghan people to rid a common invader.” While some artistic license is required for films of this ilk, Jerry Bruckheimer insisted that the reaction from those who were there has only been positive, especially when it comes to “the essence of the story.” “Based on the reactions of the people we have shown it to, including the real special forces that were over there, they really believe that we got the essence of the story.” “The most frightening thing for a producer is when you make a movie about real people. You’re scared that people might come up to you and go, ‘That never happened. That’s misrepresentation.’ Fortunately on this movie it is quite the opposite.” You’ll be able to discover the story of “12 Strong,” which has an all-star cast of Chris Hemsworth, Navid Negahban, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, Rob Riggle, William Fichtner, and Elsa Pataky, when it is released on January 19. 

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  • Eagles fan allegedly punched police horse
Eagles fan allegedly punched police horse

    An intoxicated fan allegedly disgraced the Eagles' playoff win on Saturday by punching a Philly police horse. A Lehigh County man caught sneaking in to see the Eagles without a ticket responded by punching a Philly police horse that was patrolling the stadium area, police said. Taylor Hendricks, 22, of Whitehall, Pa., is now facing charges of aggravated assault, assault on a law enforcement office and cruelty to animals, the Philadelphia Police Department said. The incident began at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, as the Eagles were playing the Falcons. "Security personnel at Lincoln Financial Field ejected the defendant because he was intoxicated and did not possess a ticket," a police report stated. There was no clear motivation for why Hendricks allegedly attacked the horse who was with the Mounted Unit providing security for the game: according to the police report, he simply walked up and started throwing blows. "After the male was ejected he walked over to a mounted officer and began punching the horse in the face, neck and shoulder area," the report said. The officer on the horse also sustained some blows to the legs before another officer grabbed Hendricks and put him in custody. Luckily, neither the horse nor the officer were injured, police said. Hendricks pleaded not guilty and is reportedly currently free on bail. The Eagles beat the Falcons 15-10 and advanced on to Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Vikings.

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  • How will Eagles attack Vikings NFL best ever third down defense?How will Eagles attack Vikings NFL best ever third down defense?

    Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich says the Vikings defense is the best his team has faced all year. And the statistics say he's right. "I think one of the reasons why is they can get pressure with four and cover with seven," the coach said Tuesday, shrugging off rumors he might be a top candidate to coach the Titans next season. "Any time you can get pressure with four and cover with seven, that's kind of been the key to our defensive success. That's a winning formula. That's been a proven winning formula for a long time, so I think this week is a good test of that." According to some numbers crunching, the Vikings defense is the best of all time on third downs (or at least the best in the last two decades). They allow a conversion just over 25 percent of the time, which is a remarkably good rate (the Eagles are third best in the NFL at 32 percent). "I think they are the best maybe ever," wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is preparing to face them Sunday afternoon said. "Statistically it's pretty crazy." A week ago, in their 15-10 win over the Falcons, the Eagles were exceptionally successful at giving themselves third and manageable situations. Only three times out of 13 third down situations versus Atlanta did Philly need more than seven yards, averaging around five yards per attempt. As fans no doubt know Carson Wentz' accolades on third down were incredible, and his injury certainly hurts the team's third down approach. But even under Nick Foles Saturday the Birds had six third downs with less than four to go. If they can do that again, they might be able to withstand the Vikings treacherous defense. "It's huge especially against a team like that, that can make plays on third down and get off the field," Smith said. "That's a key to our success. We have been good on third down and manageable." So, if third and short is important, than first and second downs become important too. Suddenly, against a team like the Vikings, a three of four yard gain on the early downs becomes a necessity. "I think like last week we need to get in rhythm," Reich said. "We need to stay in phase. We had a lot of third-and-manageables last week. I think we avoided negative plays. We had obviously a few negative runs … We didn't have too many penalties. … Last week I think we had three drives of over 10 plays, so that's the challenge against going up against one of the better defenses in the league." One of the biggest reasons for the third down success since Wentz' injury has been the play of Corey Clement, who has scored a surprise six touchdowns this year — two of them through the air. Saturday against Atlanta he had five catches, two of which netted first downs.  "That's been a surprise," Reich admitted, "a running back from Wisconsin who is running power. You’re thinking he's going to come in here and be your third-down back. But he's worked very hard at it and really made a role for himself."

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  • Rockets Lakers LeBron NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers more likely
Rockets Lakers LeBron NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers more likely

    The odds that LeBron James signs with the Lakers this summer are growing steadily following reports of “discontent and concern” in the Cavaliers locker room. There is a feeling within the organization that their problems aren’t fixable this season. As for future seasons, many are pointing to the fact that the Cavs own the Brooklyn Nets pick this summer and that the hope of a young stud helping LeBron into the twilight of his career will be enough to convince him to stay in Cleveland. Several issues with that: 1. The Nets pick likely won’t even be that good. The Nets currently have the seventh worst record in the NBA. You think LeBron is staying in Ohio because he likes Luka Doncic’s game? 2. Isaiah Thomas will be a free agent. The Cavs are struggling mightily since he returned. Would he want to run it back in Cleveland even with LeBron? 3. Mission accomplished. LeBron believes that he’s already done enough for the city of Cleveland by ending its decades-long championship drought. That has been LeBron’s mindset for two years. (See: LeBron’s tweet to departed Cleveland GM David Griffin “We got us 1!”)   Here is an idea of how bad things are in Cleveland (via Cleveland.com): “Rotations are awful. IT (Isaiah Thomas) is so much worse than Kyrie (Irving) defensively it’s insane," a league source said. "There is not a great feeling anywhere. They need to limp into the All-Star break and get away from each other.” The feeling surrounding the Lakers right now isn’t much better, and the record surely is worse (15-28, the sixth worst record in the NBA). But with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Rockets the only three teams that consistently come up in regards to where LeBron will play basketball next season – the Lakers remain the odds-on favorites. The Rockets would need to trade PJ Tucker, Ryan Anderson, Nene and Chinanu Onuaku without taking any salary back – and even then it’s not enough for Houston to sign him to a max deal (according to SB Nation). Plus, there’s this:   When LeBron went to the Heat, it was a unique situation. Dwyane Wade was one of his best buddies in the NBA, and he had already won a title. LeBron didn’t mind sharing the spotlight with him. James Harden is still hunting for his first title, and it’s easy see Harden and LeBron’s egos clashing. Harden is one of the NBA’s premier alpha dogs and wants to win his first title as his team’s No. 1. Yes, the Lakers’ cap situation is messy too, but LA has a clearer financial path to signing both LeBron and Paul George than Houston does in signing both LeBron and Chris Paul (re-sign) this summer. There will need to be some serious financial sacrificing from LeBron and others in both destinations, but it would be much easier to get a deal done in LA.

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  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago failed a Florida health inspection
Trump's Mar-a-Lago failed a Florida health inspection

    President's Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, underwent emergency repairs in order to pass a health-department inspection last November, a new report says. In the Nov. 8 inspection, the club was cited for smoke detectors that lacked flashing lights to guide the hearing-impaired during a fire, 15 food-safety violations, and "slabs of concrete missing from a staircase, exposing steel rebar that could cause someone to fall,” the Miami Herald reported on Monday. The club's two main kitchens got substandard marks for the second time in 2017. "Among the no-nos was the staff’s failure to track the freshness of potentially hazardous foods, including curry sauce dated Oct. 21 pulled from a freezer and improperly marked, milk stored at 49 degrees instead of the safe temperature of 41 degrees, and cases of hot dogs stored on the ground of the walk-in freezer," reports the Herald. The violations were considered "high priority" and required a follow-up visit a week later. The club was re-checked on Nov. 17 and met standards, a report said. Trump began his Thanksgiving vacation there a week after that. Mar-a-Lago's kitchens were previously found to violate safety codes in a February 2017 inspection. A week before a visit from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, inspectors cited sushi that was ready for consumption that had "not undergone proper parasite destruction" and food stored in broken coolers that at temperatures high enough to cause spoilage. Trump has owned Mar-a-Lago, a 1920s-built property with two restaurants and a B&B since 1985; he has branded it the "Winter White House." The president has been accused of using the presidency to promote and profit from his properties. Soon after the election, the initiation fee for Mar-a-Lago was raised from $100,000 to $200,000 a year, with $14,000 annual dues. According to financial disclosure forms filed by Trump, the club had $29.7 million in revenue from June 2015 to May 2016.

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  • Metro Sports Debate: The state of the NFL QB is piss poor in 2018 - or is it?
Metro Sports Debate: The state of the NFL QB is piss poor in 2018 - or is it?

    Matt Burke – Metro Boston: We began this conversation as a debate about who would wind up winning Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, but there was far too much agreement. Even Philly Sports Editor Evan Macy said he was afraid he’d agree with me far too much on my Patriots points, given that the Pats are heavy favorites this week against Jacksonville and would be 6.5 favorites over the Eagles in the Super Bowl (Vikings – Patriots is currently a pick ’em). So we shifted the conversation to the state of the QB in the NFL. With Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles all appearing in league championship games this weekend, is the state of the QB in the NFL in 2018 really as piss poor as it seems? Joe Pantorno – Metro New York: Is this the worst foursome of QBs left ever? Burke: Yes. Unless you want to say Brady brings the average up. Pantorno: I want to look back at the 2000 season. Because the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer and faced Kerry Collins in Super Bowl 35. Burke: Ouch, yeah. That’s bad. Pantorno: Ehhh … Ravens beat Rich Gannon in the AFC Championship game. Giants beat Daunte Culpepper. Burke: Culpepper was decent. Pantorno: Yeah, so I still take this year as the worst. Culpepper and Gannon save it from being the worst. Evan Macy, Philly Sports Editor: “Will Super Bowl 52 be the worst ever?” That’s what we should debate. Pantorno: Bah. Burke: But going into next season, even with Wentz healthy – I think the state of the QB in the NFL is piss poor. Pantorno: BLAKE BORTLES IS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Of course it is lol. Macy: Yeah, I can’t argue that. NFC East has – sorry Joe – one good QB now. Pantorno: No offense taken. It’s true. Burke: Like Mariota and Jameis Winston are supposed to be studs by now. Pantorno: Dak regressed like a son of a gun. Burke: Ditto with Matt Ryan. Goff was good this season, but who’s to say he doesn't regress? Macy: It’s the NFL’s fault. They’re over-drafting these guys, then starting them on bad teams. The Aaron Rodgers technique doesn’t exist anymore … it’s why Jimmy G is so good. Pantorno: Mmmmm. I like it. Watch 4-5 QBs get taken in the first round this year. Because of this new mindset. Macy: And they start on teams that suck with new coaches and fail. Pantorno: Disaster. Macy: Put one of these guys [in the 2018 NFL Draft] on the Patriots or Saints, let them sit for two years with a great coach, and they become Pro Bowlers. Burke: I mostly agree. Though Garoppolo was the exception to the rule in New England. Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett were all mostly crap. Pantorno: So by this equation, does that mean Pat Mahomes succeeds in Kansas City? Burke: Definitely. Alex Smith has to be done in KC. They’re not going to fire Andy Reid, and there has to be change there this offseason. Pantorno: I could see Alex Smith going to the Jets. Burke: That’d actually be a good spot for him. Pantorno: Yeah, for sure. Won’t be too pricey (like Kirk Cousins) either. You pretty much know what you’re getting with him, unlike Case Keenum. Macy: Agree with that, too. Burke: This is hurting my original point that the league doesn’t have as many bona fide stud QBs as it did, say, five or six years ago (Brady, P. Manning … Rivers, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, E. Manning all in their prime), but the two breakout QBs of this season both ended up going down with season-ending injuries. If Wentz and Deshaun Watson are the real deal – and they both certainly look like it – the state of the QB is probably in good shape. This season might just be an outlier and it’ll be a thing where everyone’s like, “Hey, remember that stupid year when BLAKE BORTLES MADE THE AFC TITLE GAME?!” Macy: I mean, the injuries of Wentz and Watson, the demise of Manning and somewhat Roethlisberger, the irrelevancy of Rivers and the emergence of defenses in Philly, Minnesota, Jacksonville and even Tennessee and Buffalo … it’s not a normal year. I wouldn’t be concerned about QB play but I would be concerned with this damn over-drafting. Pantorno: If the Jaguars have taught us anything this year, it’s that teams can win despite poor quarterbacking. If you have the right pieces on the other corners of the roster, there shouldn’t be this gold rush to try and aggregate every single promising arm (there’s an arms race joke in here, just too simple to make it). Burke: So if you guys were running teams, when would you pick a QB in the draft (if at all)? Say you were the Browns, who need everything? Pantorno: I can see two quarterbacks possessing legitimate first round talent this season in Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. If I don’t have a top two or three pick, I’m not using a first round pick on one – whether it be Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. I’ll get a top-tier prospect at another position of need to make my roster deeper. That way whichever QB comes in, whether it be this year or next, they have a better chance of surviving. Macy: It’s too blanket a question. Because the Eagles had the pieces to make Carson Wentz successful. If the Eagles didn’t trade with the Browns for that second pick, I think Wentz is a failure in Cleveland. Burke: God, I think Wentz would have succeeded anywhere. Some guys are just that good. Pantorno: It’s such a shame that such a stud is in the Giants’ division.

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  • Which team is really better, the Eagles or the Vikings?
Which team is really better, the Eagles or the Vikings?

    For the second straight week, the No. 1 seeded 14-3 Eagles (including last week's win against the Falcons) will be around three point underdogs in Las Vegas. And once again, the team has an underdog mentality and motive to beat the incoming Vikings Sunday evening in the NFC Championship game. The teams are strikingly similar when comparing roster strengths and weaknesses, which makes for a very interesting match up. With Carson Wentz' brilliant season in the rearview, Nick Foles will lead the Eagles against his former teammate with the Rams Case Keenum. From quarterback plan on down, the teams are very equal in many measures. Here is a detailed breakdown of who has an edge at each position. Quarterbacks: Advantage Vikings This one could really go either way. Both Foles and Keenum have extremely similar stats, from win percentage to touchdown rate to quarterback rating. Foles has a 87.4 quarterback rating and has completed around 60 percent of his passes. He has thrown for more touchdowns in his career with 61 in 49 games. Keenum has a completion percentage near 62 percent and a QB rating of 86.0. He has thrown 46 touchdown passes in 41 games. The nod goes to Keenum, slightly, due to his almost MVP quality season at the helm of Minnesota this season but Foles is not inferior by any means. Running backs: Advantage Eagles The Birds have a better run game, but by a razor thin margin having outgained Minnesota by less than 200 yards this season. Philly has the third best running game in the NFL, though Minnesota has scored 15 touchdowns on the ground to just nine by the Eagles. Philly is more efficient, as LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and company have run for 4.5 yards per carry, second best in football. The Vikings gained 3.9 yards per rush, with Jerrod McKinnon and Latavius Murry handling most of the duties. Wide Receivers/tight ends: No advantage With Wentz, the Eagles would win this category — they threw for 38 touchdowns this season in contrast for 25 for the Vikings. But on paper the rest of the numbers are incredibly close. The Eagles outgained the Vikings through the air by just 38 yards this season. The accomplishents of the Eagles' three biggest threats — Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz roughly equal those of Minnesota's Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. Offensive line: Advantage Eagles The Eagles' offensive line boasts two Pro Bowlers (Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks on the right side) and an All-Pro (center Jason Kelce). The run blocking is among the best in the NFL and the offensive line is a clear area of strength for the Eagles. However, the Vikings have allowed fewer sacks and quarterback hits — though Wentz' manuverabiluty and out of the pocket movement does explain a litte bit of that. Defensive line: Advantage Eagles Philadelphia and Minnesota had 38 and 37 sacks on the year respectively. However, the depth and talent on the Eagles defensive line, led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham and reinforced by Vinnt Curry, Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Timmy Jernigan makes them one of the most potent units in the NFL.  Linebackers: Advantage Vikings With Jordan Hicks out, the Eagles tandem of Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks has been solid. But Kendricks' brother Eric had 113 combined tackles this season as well as six deflected passes and gives Minnesota a brief edge at linebacker. Secondary: Advantage Vikings The Vikings are very good against the pass, and very good on third down. With a secondary of household names, they are a unit good enough to really caused the Eagles wide receivers problems. "They have some playmakers with petigree," Eagles receiver Torrey Smith said. "They area bunch of first rounders running around. Seeing [safety Harrison Smith] on the back end and what he can do in the box or back deep, obviously [cornerback Xavier Rhodes] is playing extremely well and the young guy [cornerback Trae Waynes] on the othereside, we've watched him grow. They are a great secondary. As always we will have our hands full." Special teams: No advantage The Vikings are a slightly better return team and the Eagles are a little better in their kicking game. A costly turnover on a botched punt return last week against the Falcons yielded the only touchdown allowed in the game. Philly will need to keep its special teams clean to prevail again. Overall: No advantage There couldn't be two more evenly matched teams if the NFL tried. Both equads allow almost the same yards defensively per game and collect the same number of yards. Both have former back up quarterbacks leading an offense stocked with potent weapons. The Eagles front four is fierce as is the Vikings back four. Vegas may have this game as a three-point Minnesota edge, but in reality and in Philadelphia, things are absolutely positively dead even.

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  • Source: Two California expansion teams might not enter NASL
Source: Two California expansion teams might not enter NASL

    The NASL might he having a hard time fielding a league, with multiple sources within the league and throughout United States soccer saying that two California teams might be victims of the league’s uncertainty. California United FC, set to enter the NASL as an expansion team for the upcoming season, has told players it likely won’t be entering the league this year. One source said that the team would consider possibly playing in the NPSL this season or may simply not field a team. In addition, sources tell Metro that San Diego 1904 FC is exploring options and may not compete in the NASL this year. The league is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Last year, the USSF did not give the NASL Division II status ahead of the 2018 season, something that the league has held the past several seasons. San Diego has explored the possibility of playing in the USL one source said. In addition, the possibility of joining the NISA is an option as well a source close to the situation said. The possible defection of two California teams, prominent in the league’s recent expansion announcements, perhaps signal some rocky days ahead for the league. 

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  • Matt Damon apologizes for sexual harassment comments
Matt Damon apologizes for sexual harassment comments

    From Rose McGowan to Minnie Driver, Matt Damon has taken quite a bit of heat from a lot of people over his recent controversial comments about sexual harassment in Hollywood. The actor seems to have learned his lesson, though, as he took to the "Today" show on Tuesday morning to apologize for his remarks. While speaking with host Kathie Lee Gifford about his philanthropic efforts with the organization Water.org, Damon used the appearance to also express his regret over his statements about sexual harassment. "I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," Damon told Gifford. While the "Today" host praised Damon for being a "good listener," Damon didn't want to be let off the hook and quickly reiterated his repentance over how he handled talking about the topic. "Not in this case," Damon said. "Ultimately, I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry." The Academy Award-winning star went on to say that he supports the Time's Up movement, but will now be taking a "back seat" in the conversation. "A lot of those women are my dear friends," Damon said. "I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while." Check out Damon's full interview with Gifford below.

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