Are the Eagles Going to Wear Kelly Green Again?

Randall Cunningham and Rich Kotite

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Are the Eagles going to bring back kelly green as a third jersey?

The Inquirer’s Zach Berman has a report today about one NFL rule change the Eagles are proposing at the annual owners’ meetings next week. Currently, NFL teams must wear the same helmet throughout the season. The Eagles want to allow teams to have an “alternate helmet.”

Berman connects the dots and it’s obvious: The Eagles may be bringing back kelly green as a third jersey. Read more »

Giant Trump Chicken Coming to Philly for Tax Day Protest

a giant inflatable rooster that looks like Donald Trump

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You’ll probably see the anti-Trump protest on Tax Day on the news next month. More than 3,000 people have RSVPed for it on Facebook, and the organizers say they’re going to have a pretty good visual: a giant chicken dressed to look like Donald Trump. Read more »

Get This: The Mob Is Involved in the Waste Business in Jersey

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Image via the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The mob is involved in the waste business in New Jersey.

The mob and the garbage industry are a common trope in film and TV depictions, and with good reason: The mafia really has historically been involved in the waste business since the mid-20th century.

In some ways the reason is rather simple, as Michelle Tsai explained in Slate a few years ago: “Find a business that’s easy to enter and lucrative to control.” Garbage-haulers get big public contracts that aren’t going away, and compared to other ways of earning money it’s much easier. Organized crime has been in the garbage biz ever since cities started bidding trash collection out to private companies about 70 years ago.

The business has been corporatized in recent years, especially as governments have passed regulations for handling solid waste, but the mob still has its hands in the garbage business. And a report from the New jersey State Commission of Investigation says that New Jersey’s recycling business remains vulnerable to corruption because it’s relatively unregulated compared to the garbage business. Read more »

Wharton Prof: Trumpcare Could Mean Aromatherapy-Only Insurance

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Huntsman Hall, the main building of the Wharton School at 38th and Walnut Streets in West Philadelphia

A Wharton School health and management professor says that insurance plans that cover only aromatherapy could be the result of one of the proposed healthcare revamps currently under consideration by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Mark Pauly tells the New York Times that the proposals to strip Obamacare provisions that force insurance companies to cover certain essential health situations in their plans, combined with a tax credit to pay for insurance, could lead to a bunch of plans that don’t really cover much.

“If they’re going to offer a tax credit for people who are buying insurance, well, what is insurance?” he said. “You have to specify what’s included.” He told the paper insurance that covered only aromatherapy and not hospital care. Read more »

Remembering Dallas Green, First Phillies Manager to Win World Series

Dallas Green

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Dallas Green — the brash, iconic manager of the 1980 Phillies team that won the World Series — has died. He was 82.

The Phillies announced the news on Wednesday night. They did not announce a cause of death, but the Inquirer reports he had been suffering from kidney disease.

Green was born in Newport, Del., and went to the University of Delaware. He debuted as a pitcher for the Phillies in 1960, and spent eight seasons in the majors as starter and reliever — most of them with the Phillies.

He took over for Danny Ozark near the end of the 1979 season. He was known as a screamer. Some of his players didn’t get along with him all the time. He told the press his primary goal was to become a general manager, but he accepted a reappointment as manager for the 1980 season.

“We hated him,” catcher Bob Boone said. “He was driving us crazy. I don’t know if it was a unique approach, but it was a relationship that worked.” Read more »

Casey: I’m Voting Against Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Sen. Bob Casey will not be voting for Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court, he announced today.

“I don’t believe that Judge Gorsuch, and his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for families in Pennsylvania, and I won’t support his nomination,” Casey told reporters on a conference call today.

The Senator also announced he will vote no on cloture — which means Gorsuch will need to meet a 60-vote threshold to be confirmed for the Supreme Court. Read more »

Who Paid to Get Us on National Geographic’s List of Best Spring Trips?

Great Barrier Reef / Fish Tank Guy

Photos: Great Barrier Reef by Richard Ling (license); Fish Tank Guy image via Google Street View

What do the Coral Sea, home of the Great Barrier Reef, and Philadelphia, home of the Fish Tank Guy on 5th Street, have in common? They’re both on this National Geographic list of Best Spring Trips for 2017.

Yes, Philadelphia and the Great Barrier Reef, together at last! National Geographic has a list of “some destinations that will help you welcome the season’s nicer weather,” and Philly is on there. Read more »

Joe Piscopo May Actually Run for N.J. Governor

Joe Piscopo / NJ seal

Donald Trump is just a celebrity. Or, rather, he was just a celebrity before he ran for president and actually won, making him the 45th president of the United States. Now that he’s shown it can be done, what’s to stop other celebs from following in his footsteps?

As Trump has demonstrated, you don’t even need to be a particularly popular celebrity to win the highest office in the land. You also don’t need to have been popular recently to win an election — the 1980s will suffice. And it follows that you don’t need to be a particularly notable celebrity to win a lower office.

Which leads us to your potential next New Jersey governor: Joe Piscopo!

The actor and comedian, best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on Saturday Night Live 30-plus years ago, told the Associated Press he’s “more serious than ever” about running. Read more »

Penn Study: Arts Improve Well-Being in Poorer Neighborhoods

A new study from Penn’s Social Impact of the Arts project found that cultural resources in lower-income neighborhoods are “significantly” linked to better schooling, health, and security.

“Going to a museum won’t cause you to lose weight or reduce your chances of being mugged, but communities with cultural resources do better,” Mark Stern, lead researcher of the project and professor of social welfare and history, said in a statement. “Our research clearly demonstrated that sections of the City are doing well on a number of dimensions of well-being, in spite of significant economic challenges.” Read more »

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