Stockton University President to Resign

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In a letter to Board of Trustees yesterday, Herman Saatkamp — the president of Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J. — announced he would be resigning at the end of August. The Press of Atlantic City first reported the news.

Things have been tumultuous at Stockton in recent months. Late last year, Stockton bought the former Showboat Casino for $18 million to use as an “island campus” in Atlantic City. But the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal objected to the conversion, citing a 1988 covenant that said Showboat must be used for a casino. Two Stockton board members have left since December.

In the letter to the board, Saatkamp — who has been president of Stockton since June 2003 — cited health concerns and “the demands I expect of myself from the office” as the reasons for his resignation. Read more »

No, Ira Einhorn Is Not the Founder of Earth Day

Ira Einhorn at the April 1970 celebration of EarthDay in Philadelphia.

Ira Einhorn at the April 1970 celebration of EarthDay in Philadelphia.

Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time once again for an old story to make the rounds. Multiple news sources today have reported that Ira Einhorn founded Earth Day. Einhorn, convicted twice (once in absentia) for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux, is serving a life sentence for his horrific crime. But he was not the founder of Earth Day.

Time, in 1970, cited Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as the founder of the event1. He “casually suggested that all Americans set aside April 22nd as a day for serious discussion of environmental problems” in 1969, and the idea went viral. (Or however ideas spread in the late ’60s and early ’70s.) Large observations were held around the country — 1,500 college campuses and 10,000 schools planned events, per Time — 45 years ago, with notable rallies in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and in New York City.  Read more »

Center City Woman Wakes Up to Find Burglar Stealing Roommate’s Clothes

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Cops say this woman burgled a Center City apartment building. (Image: Philadelphia Police)

A woman in the Washington Square West section of Center City found a burglar in her apartment stealing her roommate’s clothes, police said.

The woman, who lives on the 1200 block of Walnut Street in the Gayborhood, told cops she heard a noise at around 10:45 p.m. on March 14th. She went downstairs and found a woman she didn’t know holding her roommate’s clothes. Read more »

Phillies on Pace to Draw Fewest Fans Since They Played at The Vet

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SO LONELY: Empty upper-deck seats at the start of Tuesday night’s Phillies game against the Marlins. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

It was the top of the first inning. The Marlins had a man on with two outs. Mike Morse fouled off a pitch; there were now two strikes. The big screen at the Phillies game exhorted the fans: “Get loud!” There was scattered applause.

We are just seven home games into the 2015 season. Citizens Bank Park feels different. The opening day crowd of 45,549 seems so long ago already. Last night was Dollar Dog Night, yet there were few long lines for discounted dogs. (Tony Luke’s and Campo’s were still packed, however; I am convinced CBP’s cheesesteak outposts have long lines even when the stadium is closed.)

Despite the gorgeous weather last night, the attendance for the Phillies’ 7-3 win over the Marlins — for Dollar Dog Night and Jackie Robinson Day (observed) — was just 21,993. Read more »

Artist Sets Up “Selfie Zones” in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia street artist Kid Hazo — he of the giant PPA parking ticket and the Claes Oldenburg paint-dollop turned poop emoji — put a few new pieces on the streets this morning: Selfie zones.

Unlike the No Selfie Zone prank by Jena Kingsley, Kid Hazo is actually encouraging people to take them — a fresh change of pace from the anti-selfie propaganda constantly spewed by the media. Read more »

Cops: Man Robbed by Pair With AK-47 in Society Hill

A man returning home from a club was robbed after he parked his car in Society Hill early on Friday morning, police said today. Cops said one of the robbers was armed with a rifle that appeared to be an AK-47.

The man, 52, returned from a club at around 2:40 a.m. Friday. When he parked his car in the garage at his residence on the 300 block of S. 5th Street, two men approached him and demanded money. One of those men had the AK-47. The robbers escaped with his wallet and iPhone before fleeing in a white SUV. Read more »

New Eagles WR: Philly Fans Let Air Out of Dad’s Tires in 2009

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Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports

Miles Austin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles late last month. The wide receiver, who will be 31 next year, spent last year with the Cleveland Browns. But before that, he was with the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons.

Yes, the Cowboys, the most hated of all franchises for an Eagles fan.

But apparently that showed: Speaking to 94 WIP’s morning show today, Austin said in 2009 Philadelphia fans deflated his dad’s tires. Read more »

I Changed My Party Registration Yesterday So I Can Finally Vote for Mayor

I’ve never really voted for mayor in the city of Philadelphia.

I’ve always followed the mayor’s race. I remember gambling with a friend on who would win the 1991 mayoral contest. Frank Rizzo died; I won by default. (I didn’t collect the debt.) I followed the mayor’s race as a 16-year-old in 1999, but I was too young to vote. My main memory is disliking Marty Weinberg for hiring someone to drive a truck around our Northeast Philly neighborhood with a recording playing, “Marty Weinberg! Marty Weinberg! Marty Weinberg!” I won a bet against a history teacher when he picked John White Jr. and I picked John Street. Although I wasn’t of voting age, I was a successful mayoral gambler in the limited sample size.

But I continued to watch as an adult. Technically, though, I have voted for mayor. Read more »

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