TMZ: Jahlil Okafor Knocks Out Heckler

TMZ has posted video of what it says is 76ers’ rookie Jahlil Okafor punching out a man in Boston early this morning.

The website says Okafor, 19, and his friends got into an altercation with a group of Bostonians after someone from that group said, “The 76ers suck!” The Sixers had a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter last night but lost to the Celtics, 84-80. Read more »

Pa. Senate Moves Closer to Kane Removal; Kane Vows Porngate Crusade

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks with members of the media after her arrangement before a district judge, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Collegeville, Pa. Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Kane, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office. The Montgomery County district attorney charged her with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013.


A bipartisan committee has ruled the Pennsylvania Senate does have the power to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, and urged that body to move forward with a hearing investigating the possibility. The committee, which voted 5-2 on the ruling posted on the Senate website earlier today, did not recommend if Kane should be removed from office.

Kane, a Democrat, had her law license suspended in September after she was indicted on perjury and conspiracy charges this summer. Gov. Tom Wolf supported the Senate panel inquiry, and has said in the past he wants Kane to step down from office.

Kane has said she will not resign from office, and that the suspension of her law license does not impede her ability to do her job. Law professors told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette they wondered if Kane could effectively do her job without a license. Read more »

PHOTOS: First Look at the One Liberty Observation Deck

Benjamin Franklin - One Liberty Observation Deck

A giant geometric Benjamin Franklin head greets visitors at the new One Liberty Observation Deck. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Philadelphians are going to get to see their city in a new way at the end of the week: From the sky. Eight hundred-and-eighty-three feet above street level, to be precise.

While there has long been an observation tower at Philadelphia City Hall, the city’s taller skyscrapers didn’t have one until now. On Saturday, the One Liberty Observation Deck opens on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a capacity of 275 people. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children from ages 3 to 11.

“What got me excited about the project was the opportunity to tell a Philadelphia story,” says Evan Evans, general manager of the Observation Deck. “As a hotelier, I realized that there wasn’t one great place to see it all, and learn it all, and give our visitors something to enjoy. And, then, for our locals, we really are unlocking and unveiling Philadelphia in a way they’ve never seen before. And that was as important to me. This is something that most Philadelphians have just never seen.”

Indeed, the observation deck is not just aimed at tourists visiting Philadelphia. Run by Montparnasse 56, which operates several similar decks in Europe, the One Liberty Observation Deck is also looking to capture locals who before now have not been able to see Philly from such a height. Read more »

Pa. Senate Votes to Block Syrian Refugees

State Capitol in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a resolution today that calls for a ban on Syrian refugees in the state. This is a rebuke to Gov. Tom Wolf, who said after the attacks in Paris that refugees fleeing war-torn Syria were welcome in Pennsylvania.

The vote, which passed by an overwhelming 37-13 margin, is completely symbolic: It requires no action. And since immigration law is federal —according to the Refugee Act of 1980 states do not have the power to reject refugees — even Wolf’s welcoming gesture is symbolic.

Several local lawmakers, including state senators Anthony Williams and Daylin Leach, spoke out against the measure. Williams attempted to table the resolution today, but it failed. “The Home of the Brave should lead the world in accepting refugees,” Leach said. Read more »

Pa. State Trooper in Good Condition After Vine Street Shootout

Captain James P. Raykovitz, Pennsylvania State Police

Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police, speaks with reporters outside Hahnemann University Hospital. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

A traffic stop on the Schuylkill Expressway Tuesday led to a wild shootout on I-676 that left a state trooper wounded by gunfire, a school bus charred to bits, and the alleged shooter in custody.

Patrick R. Casey, the wounded trooper, is in good condition after being shot in the left shoulder. Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K barracks, said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference that the 31-year-old trooper from Bucks County is with his parents and will remain in the hospital overnight. He could be home by Thanksgiving. The bullet remains lodged in his shoulder; no surgery is currently scheduled. (See videos and pictures from the scene.) Read more »

Philly Fans Finally See a Home Win as Rookie Scores in OT for Flyers


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Yesterday, we mentioned that a Philadelphia sports team hadn’t won a home game all month. There were only two more chances for a home victory in November, and last night it looked like the Flyers would win this one easily. They were up 2-0 seven minutes into the third period. A home win was just more than 10 minutes away.

Naturally, the Flyers gave up two goals in the third and the game went to overtime. The chance for a home win was in doubt, especially because the Flyers came into the game just 2-4 after being tied at the end of regulation. But Philly caught a break when the Carolina Hurricanes’ Victor Rask was called for holding just 11 seconds into the period. The Flyers would get a 4-on-3 advantage for two minutes. (NHL overtimes are now 3-on-3, with teams going to 4-on-3 when a penalty is called.

Then Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers rookie defenseman, flicked one into the net just 13 seconds later to give the Flyers the 3-2 overtime win. Finally, a win in Philadelphia! It was the most recent victory for a Philly team since the Flyers beat the Rangers in OT at the Wells Fargo Center on October 24th. (The last regulation home win for a Philly team was on October 19th, when the Eagles beat the Giants on Monday Night Football.) Read more »

Williams Revamps Senior Leadership in D.A.’s Office

Seth Williams

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams created a new position in his office today: Chief of Staff, General Counsel and Chief Integrity Officer. He appointed Kathleen Martin to the new position, in addition to promoting George D. Mosee, Jr. to first assistant district attorney.

“Ms. Martin brings experience in Pennsylvania criminal law as well as a deep knowledge of the history and unique facets of Philadelphia courts and criminal practice,” Williams said in a release. “I am very proud of the work we have accomplished in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office so far and am excited about the opportunity to strengthen the office and to help the 600 men and women of the office make a difference in our city.”

The District Attorney’s office has been rocked in recent months by the Porngate scandal, with everyone from state senators to Senate candidates to City Council members calling for the firing of three city prosecutors who sent or received pornographic and/or offensive emails while working for the state. Read more »

A Thanksgiving Meal in Philly? $46.60



You’re going to pay more for that turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie this year.

That’s according to Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who said in a report today that the price of Thanksgiving dinner is up 18 cents in the city this year, to $46.60.

But the news isn’t all bad: We pay $3.51 less than the average Thanksgiving dinner price in the United States. Read more »

Ed Rendell Wears Plastic Bag on Head After Eagles’ Loss

Ed Rendell - plastic bag

Image via Comcast SportsNet

Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been a post-game Eagles analyst on Comcast SportsNet for 17 years now. (Really!) But he never seemed as embarrassed as he did yesterday, after the Eagles lost 45-17 to the Buccaneers.

Everyone was kind of angry and embarrassed. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis said “the whole thing was awful.” Mark Sanchez and Darren Sproles argued on the field after a fourth-quarter pick-six. A Birds 24/7 headlined summed it up: “The Eagles’ Humiliating Defeat.”

But while everyone was angry, no one went as far as Rendell. He wore a plastic bag on his head when Eagles Post Game Live came on after the game, and kept it on through a segment. Read more »

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