Phillies Minor Leaguer Loses Eye in Freak Stretching Accident

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Matt Imhof, a Phillies minor leaguer who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft, has lost his eye in a freak stretching accident.

Imhof hurt his right eye when he was stretching after a game last Friday. A piece of metal equipment “malfunctioned,” according to ESPN, and struck Imhof in the right eye. He was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. Read more »

Reports: Chris Christie Being Vetted for Trump VP Slot

Donald Trump, Chris Christie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A big loudmouth with ties to New Jersey could be on the Republican presidential ticket. Well, two of them.

Both The New York Times and CNN are reporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a potential running mate for presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump. Trump has said he wants to announce his VP pick at the Republican National Convention, which is being held July 18th to 21st in Cleveland.

Christie endorsed Trump in late January, not long after dropping out of the race after poor showings in the crowded Republican presidential primary in Iowa and New Hampshire. Allies quickly turned on Christie for his endorsement, but the governor has pressed on. Read more »

Manco & Manco’s Is Moving into the Old Strand Theatre in Ocean City

New Manco & Manco location - Ocean City, New Jersey - rendering

A rendering of the new Manco & Manco location on the Ocean City boardwalk.

The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.

Yesterday, Manco & Manco announced it was moving its 9th Street location, on the Ocean City boardwalk, into the storefront of the old Strand movie theater. Read more »

Atlantic City Union Reaches Deal With Three Casinos

Atlantic City beach at night

Photo | Dan McQuade

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Per The Press of Atlantic City, workers at the Tropicana Casino have reached a tentative agreement with management. Only the Trump Taj Mahal remains without an agreement with Local 54 UNITE-HERE.

EARLIER: The union that represents nearly all uniformed Atlantic City workers has reached a deal with three casinos before a Friday deadline.

UNITE-HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt confirmed Thursday morning the union had reached a deal with Caesars Entertainment, which owns Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s casinos in Atlantic City. McDevitt declined interview requests and did not release details of the contract. Read more »

Church to Hold “DNC Freedom School” for Protesters

Rev. Robin Hynicka announces the DNC Freedom School at the Arch Street United Methodist Church.

Rev. Robin Hynicka announces the DNC Freedom School at the Arch Street United Methodist Church.

In the summer of 1964, the Mississippi Freedom Schools were an alternative education program for black students that, among other things, taught non-violent resistance and protest. Inspired by the schools that summer, the Arch Street United Methodist Church will be holding “DNC Freedom School” for protesters the Saturday before the convention kicks off.

“Revisitng the courage, commitment, conviction and cause of the Summer of Freedom and the Freedom Schools has the potential to shape the current context in incredible ways,” Rev. Robin Hynicka, senior paster of Arch Street UMC, said at a press event today. “We need to have a greater understanding of how to protest in this environment.” On stage, Hynicka was joined by leaders from other Christian and Jewish religious institutions in Philadelphia. The DNC Freedom School will be on July 23rd from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“People of all faiths love to often quote the golden rule, some derivative of loving each other as yourself,” said Rabbi Shawn Zevit, lead rabbi of Mishkan Shalom. “And that’s a wonderful piece — that’s a nice bumper sticker. But the thing is if you cut that piece out of Leviticus chapter 19, what you miss is everything that proceeds that. To don’t put a stumbling block in front of the blind, not curse or gossip about someone when they’re not there and if someone’s doing abusive or destructive behavior, you absolutely have to engage them with cease and desist.” Read more »

It’s Always Sunny Is Filming in Center City on Friday

It's Always Sunny flier

Few could have predicted the runaway success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when it premiered on FX in August of 2005. The show (now on FXX) recently wrapped up airing its 11th season, and has now been renewed through season 14. The show Rob McElhenney originally developed with Glenn Howerton is now a phenomenon.

While it shoots primarily in Los Angeles, It’s Always Sunny occasionally films some exteriors in Philly. On Friday, it’s filming in Center City around 12th and Locust. Read more »

With Just Days Until Deadline, Atlantic City Workers Preparing to Strike

Tropicana Casino, beach-side, in Atlantic City

The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Elaine Malloy has been a cocktail server at Bally’s for almost 26 years. She makes $8.99 an hour.

“It’s a disgrace to work at $8.99 an hour,” Malloy says, “and try to pay a mortgage, utility bills, clothing, college expenses. Everything in the economy goes up, but unfortunately my wage hasn’t.”

Malloy is a tipped employee, and she says she’s been able to survive on the “generosity of my customers.” But she says it’s hard to make a decent tip rate working at Bally’s because you’re always doing things that aren’t, officially, part of the job, like giving directions to attractions in the casino and the city.

“It’s a disgrace that, when over the years the casinos needed help,” Malloy says, “we the workers decided to give back over $1,500 to help them get out of the rut that they put themselves in. Now they need to help their workers.” Read more »

Activists: We’ll March on DNC, Not Just in a Pen at FDR Park

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A group of activists detail their plans for marches and other protests during the Democratic National Convention next month. | Photo by Dan McQuade

They’re planning a march from North Philly down Broad Street. They’re planning to assail the politicians in town during the Democratic National Convention. They’re even planning a “Clintonville.” And if they’re arrested, they plan to fight back.

Today, the Philly Coalition for REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, in coalition with other local lefty groups, held a press event on the steps of the city building at 1515 Arch Street. A full lineup of speakers said that, permits or no, they would be marching and protesting at the DNC next month.

Erica Mines, who made national headlines in April when she verbally sparred with Bill Clinton over the 1994 crime bill at an event in Mt. Airy, led today’s press conference.

“We cannot allow this political moment to be whitewashed like the Occupy movement,” Mines said. “We, as black and brown people, we must unify again in solidarity with one another. We must capitalize off of this moment with one goal in mind, and that is to resist the racist and capitalist power structure that allow white supremacy and capitalist oppression to flourish.” Read more »

Remembering Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5, 1989, at London's Wembley Stadium where they will take on the Cleveland Browns for the 1989 American Bowl. (AP Photo/Gillian Allen)

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP

Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 82.

Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.

Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »

Remembering Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5, 1989, at London's Wembley Stadium where they will take on the Cleveland Browns for the 1989 American Bowl. (AP Photo/Gillian Allen)

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP

Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 85.

Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.

Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »

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