Morning Headlines: 18th-Century Philadelphia Goes to China

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The village is called Southern 1910, will look exactly like Society Hill and will be in Dalian, a coastal city in northeastern China. The Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund has the details on how Chadds Ford’s John Milner Architects won the business and impressed Chinese developers.

Dalian Common Property Development retained John Milner Architects to design and plan the gated community, where 200 Georgian-style brick homes will sell for between $1 million and $4 million. Of those, 65 have already been sold, ranging from 3,500 to a whopping 7,500 square feet.

In order to win the business in the first place, Milner told Arvedlund that he arranged a two-week long series of bus tours for the Chinese developers. They visited Fairmount Park, Cliveden and Mount Pleasant, among other 18th century city sites.

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Lobbyist Accused of Sexual Assault

Lobbyist A.J. Marisco and 6ABC's Annie McCormick, seen shortly after their April 2013 wedding.

Lobbyist A.J. Marsico and 6ABC’s Annie McCormick, seen shortly after their April 2013 wedding.

Lobbyist A.J. Marsico was arrested Saturday after being accused of a sex assault at a Center City hotel over the summer.

His arrest is notable, in part, because of his many high-profile connections. NBC 10 reports:

“Marsico is a senior associate at Greenlee Partners, a Pennsylvania government affairs firm. He is also the younger brother of Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico Jr. and cousin of Ron Marsico, a Pennsylvania state representative.

“Marsico is also the husband of Action News reporter Annie McCormick.”

6ABC is, of course, a media partner with Philly Mag.

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PHOTO: Hillary Clinton’s Down With the Roots

Philly Roots drummer Questlove posted this photo of him and former Secretary of State (and future President?) Hillary Clinton on his Instagram feed. The caption reads, “Most would say ‘ … so this happened’ … I’m like ‘yeah it’s Sunday night.’” 

The pair were attending an event during the weekend long Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City.

House to Vote on Cig Tax Today. (Really.)


Here we go again: the Pennsylvania House is expected to vote today to give Philadelphia the authority to levy a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to fund city schools. If approved, the bill goes to the Senate.

The problem? The Senate has approved gas tax authority for Philadelphia — but only in a bill larded down with amendments containing hotel taxes and other tax incentives favored in that chamber. Will the Senate vote for the House’s clean bill?

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Are We Really Ready to Boot the SRC?


So the folks who want a public vote on dissolving the School Reform Commission are one step closer to their goal. (Though as the Inquirer pointed out Sunday, any vote is likely to take place in May, not November.)

One’s first instinct is to throw in with the anti-SRC activists: It’s hard to point to gains made under the state’s stewardship of Philly schools since the takeover.

Still, there’s never much point to re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. So here’s three questions for the anti-SRC activists:

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: An Answer For DeSean

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As we’ve seen over the years, DeSean Jackson is quite comfortable playing the role of antagonist. So it is no surprise that he egged on both Eagles defenders and fans alike after each big play he made Sunday.

And there were a couple of them — none bigger than the 81-yard touchdown catch and run late in the third quarter that knotted the game at 27-27.  Using that world-class speed, he flew past Cary Williams into daylight and snared a pretty pass from Kirk Cousins in stride. At the end of the play, a taunt in the direction of Nate Allen, a mocking flap of the arms and a defiant kick of the air to cap his touchdown celebration.

“I’m glad I wasn’t the one trying to tackle him because as a defender, one, you’re already mad you gave up a score,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “But the entire environment and situation and context in which he celebrated is obviously a little smack in the face. But he had a great game, he’s a good player. That’s all you can say.” Read more »

Williams: Training Negatively Affecting Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Cary Williams was in no mood to celebrate following the Eagles’ thrilling 37-34 win over the Redskins Sunday.

The six-year veteran sees a problem. He believes he and his teammates are being overworked during the week, and thinks it is hurting their performance on game day.

“A lot of guys had no legs. A lot of guys coming in here were in a dogfight before the game even started. We’ve got to start taking care of our guys throughout the week in order for us to be productive and have more energy on Sundays,” said Williams.

“I think it negatively impacted a lot of people, and I’m not the only person. I’m just one that is man enough to stand up here and talk to y’all and address the issue that’s obviously in my opinion an issue in our starts. But again, I’m just employee 26. Whatever they deem necessary for us to be ready on Sundays is whatever it is, if we’ve got to find energy from outside source or whatever it may be to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now the way we’re doing it is not conducive to success.” Read more »

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