Conservative Metcalfe Criticizes Gov. Corbett

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If you needed a sign that Gov. Corbett’s re-election hopes appear dim — despite Dave Davies’ attempts to resuscitate them — one metric might be this: The number of high-profile Republicans who appear to be throwing him under the bus these days.

Last week, it was Sen. Dominic Pileggi, who said that one of Corbett’s leading agenda items — preventing a severance tax on natural gas operations in Pennsylvania — was a mistake.

This week, it’s Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, who went on the radio Tuesday with conservative host Chris Stigall and faulted Corbett’s failure to lead.
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Would You Let Your Son Play Football?


So: Are you going to let your son play football?

I’m not. And if you’re like growing numbers of parents, you won’t either: Pop Warner participation rates dropped almost 10 percent between 2010 and 2012. Why? Because we love our sons, and we are worried that the rough, tumble, and hard knocks of a football game might turn their brains into soup.

There’s a name for the soup: CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It’s a brain-wasting disease notable for producing depression, sharp personality changes, and erratic, even violent behavior among those who suffer from it — and those who suffer from it seem to be disproportionately people who hit and get hit for a living: Football players. I’ve written about it before, noting that it seemed connected to the suicides of Penn lineman Owen Thomas and former Eagles standout Andre Waters, and asking whether it might’ve had anything to do with the murder charges against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

It’s worth revisiting now because of three reports that emerged in recent weeks: Read more »

Revel Auction Grinds Into Third Day

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

Something strange has happened to the shuttered Revel Casino this week: It’s become a hot property.

An auction to sell off the casino will hit its third day today, with no clear winner yet in the bidding between Florida developer Glenn Straub, who wants to create a university for geniuses, and Brookfield Asset Management,  a Canadian company that manages casinos in  Las Vegas and the Bahamas.
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This Guy Wins: Groom Spends 18 Months Panning for Gold to Make Fiance’s Engagement Ring, Both Their Wedding Bands 



It’s not often that when someone uses the term “labor of love,” they are talking about such extreme and extended actual physical labor, but in this case, I think the term literally applies.

John Greenwood, a groom in the UK, decided that it would be really lovely if he actually personally procured the gold that would be used to make an engagement ring for his now-wife, and so he went into the Scottish mountains, and panned for it—like, with a pan, shovel, towel and rake—and did just that. Oh, and he did it for so long—18 months, to be exact—that he ended up with enough flakes, nuggets, chunks and specks to create gold wedding bands for the two of them, too.

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What’s Up With Nick Foles?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The numbers aren’t pretty for Nick Foles. 

He walked off the field Sunday having completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts (49 percent) for 195 yards with a pair of interceptions. His 42.3 quarterback rating against the Niners is his worst under Chip Kelly — even lower than the one that accompanied his disastrous outing against Dallas last October.

Through four games, his 57.8 completion percentage ranks 29th in the NFL and his 81.7 QB rating 25th. It’s pretty plain to see that, outside of the Washington game, the 25-year-old hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. As the San Francisco game showed us, there are multiple reasons for that.
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Innovators Dinner at Volver


Last week SEI Investments Co. and Philly Mag hosted a cocktail party and dinner for invited guests at the Kimmel Center and Jose Garces’ Volver restaurant to hear David Bookspan discuss “The Art of Innovation.” Bookspan is one of the founding partners of DreamIt Ventures which helps startups achieve their next market milestones. SEI sponsors the Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, with art exhibitions and lectures; currently they’re displaying “Folding Deck Chair” in the Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center. (Please don’t climb on it, a fan already “sat” in the chair to take a selfie and they had to have it cleaned.)

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Tomorrow: Luke’s Lobster Turns Five

They started with 250 square feet in East Village and no restaurant experience. Today, they’ve grown into a small empire with 13 different locations across the Northeast–including Philly. And now, Luke’s Lobster is turning five.

So to celebrate, on Wednesday, October 1st, Luke’s will be giving a $5 discount to any order of $15 or more (while supplies last).

Philly Mag Shops Store Preview: Element Six

We'll take one of each, please.

We’ll take one of each, please.

The countdown is on! We’re officially five days out from the best warehouse shopping event in Philly—if we do say so ourselves. For today’s Philly Mag Shops preview, we’re featuring the effortlessly cool, eco-conscious Wayne boutique, Element Six. The socially responsible shop favors classic pieces with a fun punch (think: interesting textures, prints, and color schemes) and are sure to be a fan favorite.

Keep reading to learn how to score 40 percent off.

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