Report: Phillies Interviewing Kim Ng for GM Job

 Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. | Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Ng is being interviewed for the Phillies’ GM job. | Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, we noted the wording of Phillies president Andy MacPhail on the general manager job: The next GM was “he or she.” And today, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports the Phillies will be interviewing Kim Ng for the general manager job.

Ng was previously assistant GM of the Yankees and vice president/assistant GM of the Dodgers. A four-year softball player at the University of Chicago, Ng has also been an executive for the White Sox. Since 2011, she has been Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office. Read more »

“Dwight Schrute” Is Running for President

Dwight Schrute - The Office

A screengrab of Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute in The Office’s “Conflict Resolution” episode.

Dwight Schrute is running for president.

This isn’t a new Office spinoff, though that might actually be a pretty good idea. (I’d be more likely to watch it than Blindspot.) But if you search various names in the Federal Election Commission’s Candidate and Committee Viewer, you’ll find the most fun stuff. There’s a candidate named Kanye Kanyewhat Deezenutz Westrthose Trump running for president next year. (I think it’s supposed to be “Whatrthose,” but that’s quibbling.)

Essentially, anyone can register to run for president under any name. And one person registered as Dwight Kurt Schrute, a character on The Office television show. Read more »

Christie Files Eminent Domain Against “Selfish” Margate City

Chris Christie and Lucy - Margate

Chris Christie photo via the New Jersey Office of the Governor; Lucy the Elephant photo by Dan McQuade

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday filed an eminent domain action against 87 municipally-owned lots in Margate City.

The state has long wanted to build storm-dampening dunes in Margate. The city and many property owners oppose the deal, saying the bulkheads on its beaches protect the city adequately. When Hurricane Joaquin threatened the East Coast, Christie called Margate residents who oppose the dune project “amongst the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey.”

A federally-funded dunes project is planned for Absecon Island, which would build dunes to protect Longport, Margate and part of Ventnor. (Atlantic City is also on the island.) The administration has already received 90 percent of the 4,279 easements required to go forward with several dunes project up and down the state. But it still needs easement approval from 239 property owners, mostly in Margate.

In a statement announcing the eminent domain action, state officials again chastised residents who oppose dune building. Read more »

WATCH: Flyers Make NHL History — In Loss

The Flyers made hockey history last night. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong end of it.

After ending regulation tied at 2, the Flyers and Lightning went to overtime. This year, the NHL is using new rules in an attempt to have games end in OT rather than go to a shootout: 3-on-3! Last night’s game, the season opener for both teams, was the first 3-on-3 OT in NHL history.

And, yeah, the Flyers lost in OT. Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison scored on a breakaway 2:17 into overtime. It was his second goal of the game. Read more »

Franklin Field Has a New Track — And You Can Run On It

Franklin Field - New Track

Photo | Dan McQuade

Penn athletics officials were curious to see what would happen when workers dug up the old track. What would be below?

It turns out there was quite a bit of history there.

“What was beneath it were the original cinders from this track back in 1895,” said C.K. Buddington, director of the Friends of the Penn Relays. “The cinders that Jesse Owens, Paavo Nurmi — and some of our great friends who are members of the Wall of Fame on the far turn (Charlie Jenkins, Ron Delany from Villanova, Josh Culbreath from Oregon State) — ran on. All these people ran on these cinders. They built the legacy of this event.”

The cinders are gone. And the previous rubberized track is gone. Franklin Field has been hosting meets since the 1800s, and it now has its fastest running surface ever. Penn athletics officials unveiled the new track surface today, about seven years after the project was first studied. The track is now re-open to community members who wish to run on it. Read more »

Police: Suspect in Sexual Assault of Temple Student in Custody


Philadelphia Police today announced the suspect in the sexual assault and robbery of a Temple student has been apprehended. He was taken into custody sometime late last night or early morning by federal agents, a police spokeswoman said. The suspect’s name has not yet been released, nor were other details of the arrest available.

Police had released surveillance footage of the suspect on Friday of last week. Read more »

So, Will The Flyers Be Any Good This Season?


The Flyers used to be a sure bet for the playoffs every year. Ed Snider would assemble a team of French Canadians, Regular Canadians, Americans and maybe a Scandinavian or two; the Flyers would finish in the top half of the conference and they’d make the playoffs. This happened every year except one from 1994-95 season to the 2011-12 season (when hockey wasn’t locked out). It didn’t really matter that the Flyers never won the Stanley Cup; the team would draw nearly 20,000 a game every year to South Philadelphia, and things were good. What other Philadelphia sports team could boast such (regular season) success?

In two out of the last three years, however, the Flyers have not made the postseason. The one year they did (2013–14) they lost in the first round to the Rangers. Instead of coming into this season as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders — hockey playoffs are weird and long, any team that qualifies can make a run — they are coming in defending themselves. “Philadelphia Flyers out to prove critics wrong,” is the headline on a story by longtime Courier Times Flyers beat writer Wayne Fish. “Giroux out to prove Flyers better than expected,” reads today’s Daily News back cover. Even Comcast SportsNet, which has the same parent company as the team, headlines its piece: “Claude Giroux: Flyers using outside doubt as motivation.”

It’s true: Not one ESPN expert has the Flyers winning the Metropolitan Division. No writers at Sports Illustrated picked the Flyers to even make the playoffs. “With [backup goaltender Michal] Neuvirth as insurance,” SI writes in another article, “do the Flyers defensively challenged Flyers pick up enough points to challenge for a playoff berth?” The Flyers are such an afterthought no one has even fixed that typo yet.

Which leads us to this: Uh-oh. Are the Flyers going to be bad this season? Will this year of Philadelphia sports horror never end? Read more »

Ex-Flyer: Local Cops “Take Care” of Flyers Players

Todd Fedoruk spent his first four seasons of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was in his early 20s. Like many young, newly rich professional athletes, he partied. Later in his career, he had problems with drugs. Fedoruk is retired now.

In an interview with Canada’s TSN, he opened up about his out-of-control drug abuse. He’s trying to encourage players struggling with the same problem to get help.

He also claimed that, occasionally, police in the area look the other way. Read more »

SS United States Conservancy Exploring Sale of Ship for Scrap

SS United States

The SS United States, docked in South Philadelphia in September 2015. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

“The Conservancy has never been closer to saving the SS United States, nor so close to losing her.”

That is the message from the SS United States Conservancy today, as it announced it has partnered with a broker to explore the sale of the ship to a “responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler.”

Sound familiar? It should. In 2010, the ship was about to be sold for scrap when Gerry Lenfest donated millions to help the Conservancy buy the ship from Norwegian Cruise Line. In November 2013, the Conservancy warned that if plans did not come together quickly, the ship could be sold for scrap.

Last summer, the Conservancy again warned of the scrap heap as others floated plans to save the ship and move it to Brooklyn (or Chester). The Conservancy made a final push to save the ship, which was extended when it entered into a preliminary agreement for redevelopment in December.

Today, announced with a New York Times story, comes this “Last S.O.S.” (per a cheeky NYT headline). The Conservancy is exploring a sale for scrap, with a strong deadline of October 31st. “We will have no choice but to negotiate the sale of the ship to a responsible recycler,” the Conservancy said in a statement. Susan Gibbs, the Conservancy’s director, is the granddaughter of ship architect William Francis Gibbs. Read more »

These Are the “Mass Shootings” in Philly So Far This Year



Gun violence has dominated the news recently. Following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College last week, there was a threat posted online that warned of a 2 p.m. Monday shooting at a Philadelphia-area college; the day passed without incident. Then, today, reports of an armed man at Community College of Philadelphia, with a lockdown ensuing and the police eventually taking a suspect into custody.

But incidents where four or more people have been shot — which are, under some definitions, “mass shootings” — have already hit Philadelphia this year. There is no official term for a mass shooting, but they are are generally defined as a shooting done without stopping, where four or more people are killed. As Mother Jones notes, this definition is a bit odd.

Since the 1980s, the baseline of four fatalities has generally been used for studying mass murder, according to Professor James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, who has written multiple books on the subject. But as Fox agreed when we spoke, while that number may seem to make some sense intuitively, there is nonetheless something coldly arbitrary about it. Was it not a “mass shooting” in 2008, for example, when a man walked into a church in Tennessee and opened fire with a shotgun, killing two and injuring seven? Dropping the number of fatalities by just one, or including motives of armed robbery, gang violence, or domestic violence, would add many, many more cases to the list.

Fox, the professor, says mass shootings are not on an upward trend. The website Mass Shooting Tracker uses a different definition, one that includes four people (including the shooter) shot in one incident. It also does not weed out domestic disputes, armed robbery or gang violence.

“The old FBI definition of Mass Murder (not even the most recent one) is four or more people murdered in one event,” the Mass Shooting Tracker site says. “It is only logical that a Mass Shooting is four or more people shot in one event. Here at the Mass Shooting Tracker, we count the number of people shot rather than the number people killed because, ‘shooting’ means ‘people shot.'”

It doesn’t really matter how one classifies it: Gun violence is a problem in Philadelphia. Per Jim MacMillan, there have been 2,138 robberies with guns and 1,791 aggravated assaults w/guns this year already.

Regardless of whether you classify them as a “mass shooting”, there have been four incidents in Philadelphia this year where four or more people were shot at the same location. These are the four. Read more »

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