Big Q BBQ in Levittown Roasts Sam Bradford with Brilliant Sandwich

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been acting kind of like an attention-starved child who just got a new baby brother ever since the team acquired the second overall pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Now, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has become Philly’s beacon of hope, and Bradford wants out.

Big Q BBQ in Levittown is cooking up an ode to what observers predict will be Bradford’s fairly imminent departure: the Sam Bradford sandwich. Chef Drew Abbruzzese chose each ingredient as commentary on Bradford’s trade demands and subpar play. Read more »

Big Q BBQ in Levittown Roasts Sam Bradford with Brilliant Sandwich

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Sandwich (photo | Big Q BBQ), Bradford (photo | Jeff Fusco)

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford has been acting kind of like an attention-starved child who just got a new baby brother ever since the team acquired the second overall pick in last week’s NFL Draft. Now, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has become Philly’s beacon of hope, and Bradford wants out.

Big Q BBQ in Levittown is cooking up an ode to what observers predict will be Bradford’s fairly imminent departure: the Sam Bradford sandwich. Chef Drew Abbruzzese chose each ingredient as commentary on Bradford’s trade demands and subpar play.

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Philly Cyclist’s Petition Against Parking in Bike Lanes Racks Up Nearly 1,000 Signatures

Photo | Travis Arterburn's Change.org petition.

Photo | Travis Arterburn’s Change.org petition.

Can’t we all just get along? Can’t cars and bicycles maintain a symbiotic relationship on Philly’s streets? Apparently not.

About a month ago, Travis Arterburn — who works for food delivery service Caviar — started a Change.org petition lobbying the city of Philadelphia to enforce laws that prohibit cars from parking in clearly marked bike lanes. Here’s Arterburn’s beef: On Sundays, cars routinely park in the bike lanes on Spruce, Pine and 13th streets — the only such lanes that cut through Center City — and he says the PPA and PPD have ignored the violations.

How could this be allowed? Well, several religious institutions in Center City — like churches and synagogues — have an informal agreement with the city that allows cars to use the right travel lanes as parking during services, and the deal predates the installation of the bike lanes.  Read more »

Jerry Sandusky Appears in Pa. Court to Appeal Conviction

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Update, 4 p.m.: Jerry Sandusky attended Monday’s hearing wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, according to ABC News. As he entered the courthouse, Sandusky reportedly told reporters to “read what has been written,” and offered no other commentary on his chances for a new trial.

The presiding judge, John Cleland, questioned Sandusky’s attorney Al Lindsay as to whether there really is a strong enough argument for him to grant an evidentiary hearing almost four years after his client’s conviction.  Read more »

LISTEN: Questlove Talks Prince, Ping Pong, Philly in Interview With NPR’s Terry Gross

Terry Gross (Daniel Burke/Fresh Air), Questlove (Jeff Fusco)

Terry Gross (Daniel Burke/Fresh Air), Questlove (Jeff Fusco)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has had a tumultuous and emotional few weeks, with the deaths of his friends and music legends Prince — about whom he penned an essay for Rolling Stone — and Billy Paul. Just over a month ago, the Roots drummer lost his father, Lee Andrews, at the age of 79. His friend Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, died a week later.

His live interview from Sunday with Terry Gross, host of the WHYY-produced, nationally syndicated radio show Fresh Air, will be broadcast on WHYY and other NPR stations tonight at 7 p.m., and is streaming now on NPR’s website. In their talk, Questlove opens up about some of his recent losses:  Read more »

Bizarre Early Morning Hit-and-Run Lands Two Police Officers in the Hospital

A confounding chain of events unfolded last night on the 700 block of North Broad Street, causing two police officers to be hospitalized. Police are still trying to put together exactly what took place around 2 a.m. this morning — and why.

At 2:16 a.m., two undercover officers in an unmarked car were traveling southbound on Broad Street when a black vehicle, which was driving eastbound from Brown Street, crashed into the passenger side of the officers’ vehicle and then left the scene. The black sedan fled southbound on Broad Street. The officers were wearing plain clothes and not in uniform at the time of the crash, according to CBS3.

The police car was a grey “2008 unmarked Ford Ranger truck,” according to police spokeswoman Tanya Little.   Read more »

So, McDonald’s Is Giving Away SEPTA Tokens Today

McDonald's sign, iStock.com/TonyBaggett

McDonald’s sign, iStock.com/TonyBaggett

Fast food and your daily commute don’t typically go together (or maybe they do, I don’t really know you). But today, they certainly go hand in hand … sort of.

McDonald’s is putting on its third SEPTA token giveaway of the month today at the BSL Walnut/ Locust Station from 4:30 p.m.  until 6:30 p.m. The first two took place on April 12th and 20th, as Philadelphians lined up to receive their transportation goodie bags.  Read more »

Executive Editor Sabrina Vourvoulias Leaves Al Día

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comment from Al Día founder and CEO Hernán Guaracao.

Al Día News‘ Executive Editor, Sabrina Vourvoulias, has left the publication, she announced Sunday on Facebook.

“In personal news: I’ve just tendered my resignation at Al Día News,” she wrote. “I have loved working with many fine colleagues during my four years there and I walk away with some absolutely terrific memories. I’ll be freelance writing, editing and opining (in two languages, of course), and intend to do coffee in Philly often — so hit me up!”

Under Vourvoulias’ leadership, Al Día launched English language content, which quickly became a must-read for many of the city’s decision makers. Through smart commentary, she and the publication advanced the city’s conversation about race. Vourvoulias, who had been with the company since 2012, declined to comment on her resignation.  Read more »

Wilmington Teen Dies After Fight In School Bathroom

Photo courtesy of Amy Joyner's Facebook memorial page

Photo courtesy of Amy Inita Joyner Memorial Page’s Facebook

Amy Joyner, a 16-year-old sophomore at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Del., died Thursday morning at her school just before classes began for the day, 6ABC reported. Joyner was reportedly assaulted by several students in a girls’ bathroom.

“There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in against the one person,” Gary Fullman, chief-of-staff to the Wilmington mayor, told CNN.

Principal Stanley Spoor said at a news conference Thursday that Wilmington police are questioning two students. No charges have been filed. Read more »

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