WATCH: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Announce Hall & Oates’ 2016 Tour

Hall & Oates

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader play Gene and Clark in the fictional soft rock band The Blue Jean Committee. The duo got together today to help announce Hall & Oates’ 2016 tour.

The Philadelphia duo is playing Camden’s BB&T Pavilion1 on July 10th. The tour opens up on May 13th in Dallas, and ends at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 23rd. Read more »

Temple Is Playing at Penn State on September 17th This Year

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Temple beat Penn State for the first time since 1941. That’s 74 years! Next season, they’ll travel to Happy Valley to try to make it two in a row. Temple announced that that game will be on September 17th when the team announced its 2016 football schedule.

Temple rallied from a 10-point deficit and ended up beating the Nittany Lions going away, 27-10, at the Linc last season. But winning on the road is a tougher matter altogether: The Owls lost 30-13 the last time they played in State College, and Penn State was 6-1 at home last season. Read more »

Gov. Tom Wolf to Lawmakers on Budget: “The Time for Games Is Over”

Gov. Tom Wolf talked doom and gloom at today’s annual budget address.

“Pennsylvania now faces a $2 billion budget deficit,” Wolf told a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate today in Harrisburg. “This deficit isn’t just a cloud hanging over Pennsylvania’s long-term future. It is a time bomb, ticking away, right now, even as I speak. If it explodes – if the people in this chamber allow it to explode – then Pennsylvania will experience a fiscal catastrophe the likes of which we have never seen.”

Budget problems have been exacerbated this year because the state is currently operating on a partial budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A full budget is more than 200 days late. Wolf focused more on chiding the legislature than on his plans for the new budget, though he did release a 900-page budget at the same time as his speech.

“The time for games is over,” Wolf said. “And now it’s time to finish the job we should have finished last year. … I can’t accept – Pennsylvania can’t afford – another irresponsible budget that ignores the fact of this fiscal crisis and pretends our problems don’t exist.” Read more »

Man Abducted From Center City, Forced to Try to Withdraw Money from West Philly Bank

A man was abducted while leaving his Center City work site, driven to a bank in West Philadelphia by two men where they attempted to force him to withdraw money from the teller.

The incident happened last Thursday. Police say the victim left his work site at 1919 Market Street — where this building is going up — where he was met by a man he only knows by the nickname “P.” That man, who said he was armed with a handgun, forced him into a black four-door Audi driven by a male accomplice. They drove to the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union at 54th and Cedar streets, where the suspect attempted to have the victim withdraw cash.

The victim was able to communicate to the teller that he was being robbed, and police were called. Nothing was taken in the incident. Read more »

Market East: Gallery Rehab Won’t Be Finished Until at Least 2018

The Gallery - under renovation

The Gallery under renovation earlier this year. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Gallery won’t re-open as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia anytime soon.

Macerich and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, who are co-developing the transformation of the mall, say the project won’t be finished until 2018 or 2019 now. The news was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer; Macerich VP Robert Perlmutter revealed the news in a conference call with analysts last week.

The Gallery, originally hailed as generator of urban rebirth, had lost its anchor tenants in recent years, and storefronts on upper floors were generally vacant. Though the mall still had a lot of foot traffic and generated respectable sales per square foot, its reputation, quite frankly, stunk.

The eastern half of the mall is closed; the western half (Gallery II) is slowly clearing out for redevelopment. When that’s done, PREIT and Macerich will rehab it into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East. Read more »

More Snow Is on the Way for the Philadelphia Area

NWS forecast - February 8th/9th - Philadelphia/Mt. Holly

Forecast via National Weather Service

We’re getting more snow.

Though the city was mostly spared from last week’s storm, another winter weather system is headed our way late tonight into tomorrow. The National Weather Service says the most likely snowfall result in Philadelphia is 4-8 inches of snow from tonight until tomorrow night.

“This may not be on the scale of last month’s blizzard, but we are treating this as a full-scale event,” Clarena Tolson, Deputy Managing Director for Infrastructure and Transportation, said in a release from the City of Philadelphia. “We want to make sure we’re out there ahead of the storm.” Tomorrow’s trash and recycling collection is canceled. The city says it does not expect to declare a snow emergency. Read more »

Here’s Why Donald Trump’s Opponents Keep Attacking Him Over This Tiny Atlantic City House

Vera Coking House - Atlantic City - 1990s

The Vera Coking House in Atlantic City, photographed by Jack E. Boucher in the early 1990s. (Photo via the Library of Congress)

Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump about his treatment of a widow in the 1990s on Saturday night.

This isn’t the first time it’s come up. Bush was talking about the saga of Vera Coking, a woman in Atlantic City who refused to sell her home to developers building casinos in the 1980s and ’90s. It wasn’t the first time Trump has been hit with this attack. Ted Cruz, currently Trump’s chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination according to polls, even put out an ad attacking Trump for his battle with Coking.

So why is this battle from the early 1990s getting such attention in the Republican primary? It’s all about Trump’s attempt to use eminent domain on Coking’s Atlantic City house. Read more »

Villanova Is No. 1 in the Polls for the First Time Ever

Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) reacts with guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15) after a score against the Providence Friars during the second half at Wells Fargo Center on January 24th. The Providence Friars won 82-76 in overtime.

Villanova Wildcats guard Josh Hart (3) reacts with guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15) after a score against the Providence Friars during the second half at Wells Fargo Center on January 24th.

The Villanova men’s basketball team may have its 1985 national championship, but the Wildcats had never been ranked No. 1 in the country during the regular season — until now. (There was no postseason AP poll in the 1985 season.)

The latest Associated Press poll, released today, has Villanova as the top team in the nation. The Wildcats were third last week, but No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 North Carolina both lost last week. Villanova is also No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Read more »

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