Sixers Trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks

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Nerlens Noel, the first player drafted in the Sixers’ rebuild nearly four years ago, is leaving Philadelphia.

According to a report from NBA trade-master Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are sending Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for a first-round pick, center Andrew Bogut, and guard Justin Anderson.

The Mavericks are currently tied for the sixth-worst record in the NBA. The pick, per ESPN’s Marc Stein, is protected 1-though-18. That means the pick will not convey this year; it’s not yet known if the pick could convey in later years or what protections are on it in 2018 and beyond.

Per TNT’s David Aldridge, the Sixers are likely to trade Andrew Bogut — possibly to Boston. ESPN’s Marc Spears reported the Sixers were still unsure what to do with him; they may buy him out if they can’t find a trade partner. Bogut, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, was traded from Golden State to Dallas this offseason after the Warriors signed Kevin Durant. Read more »

Chris Christie’s Next Job Could Be Sports Talk Radio Host

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Chris Christie’s term as New Jersey governor ends in January. Since he’s been frozen out of the White House — despite being the first major endorser of Donald Trump — he has to start looking for a new gig.

His next job may be on sports talk radio.

WFAN, New York’s primary sports talk station, is considering him for a prime hosting gig on the station after Mike Francesca, who has hosted afternoons on WFAN since 1989,retires at the end of the year. Read more »

Philly Charter School Had 9,190 Applicants for 96 Spots

MaST Charter

MaST Charter School (via Google Street View)

By all accounts, MaST Community Charter School is a success.

The Philadelphia school opened in 1999, and eventually consolidated all its grades into an old steel factory on Byberry Road in the Far Northeast. The “MaST” in the school’s name stands for Math, Science and Technology, and it has been recognized as an excellent school on numerous occasions.

The school serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and even opened up a second school in September on Rising Sun Avenue in the old St. William’s school building in Lawncrest.

As such, people want to send their kids to MaST. And so there were almost 9,200 applications for the 2017–18 school year. MaST has room for just 96 kids. Read more »

Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange to Headline 2017 Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic

Pharrell will join The Roots on stage for the 10th-annual Roots Picnic this spring. Live Nation announced the lineup on Monday.

The concert will be held once again at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. As usual, The Roots will join an artist on stage as the headlining act. This year that’s Pharrell, whom you probably know from “Happy,” from his production duo The Neptunes, and from his giant hat. Read more »

WATCH: That Time Randall Cunningham Interviewed Donald Trump

“Donald Trump: Businessman. Billionaire. Ladies’ man. Celebrity. And, believe it or not, big sports fan!”

The year was 1992. Despite having one of the greatest defenses of all time, the Eagles had still missed the playoffs the previous year. But this season was looking up: The Eagles would get back QB Randall Cunningham, lost for the season in the opener the previous year. And Randall was ready: He spent the offseason endorsing a candy bar (all proceeds went to charity), working on a game show pilot (Scramble), and, most importantly, hosting an interview special on Channel 10 called Randall Cunningham’s Celebrity Rap.

In the special, Cunningham interviewed a number of celebrities, including one who’d later go on to be president of these United States: Donald Trump! It opens with the quote above from Randall Cunningham, as well as footage of Trump showing off to Cunningham by handing him some trophy Trump got from Jim Kelly. Sure, why not? Read more »

Two SEPTA El Trains Collide Near 69th Street Station

Two trains on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford El line collided this morning at 69th Street Station.

The crash happened sometime around 8:30. SEPTA says two “non-revenue” (not-in-service) trains were involved in an accident. About 18 cars were involved in the collision, six of which derailed. Police say the collision was not head-on; one train struck another from the rear, which led to a third train becoming involved. Read more »

Pat Toomey Is Moving His Philly Office to Old City

Protesters outside of Pat Toomey's office

A protest outside of Pat Toomey’s office at 17th and JFK earlier this month. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Pat Toomey announced today that he’s moving his office to the U.S. Custom House in Old City.

Typically, the relocation of a regional Senate office one-and-a-half miles would not make the news. But ever since the election of Donald Trump, a group known as Tuesdays with Toomey has been protesting outside his offices in 8 Penn Center (17th and JFK) every Tuesday.

That hasn’t been the only group protesting outside the normally sleepy office, which also has a state liquor store on the ground floor. Earlier this month, a group of med students from various universities in Philly gathered outside to protest. Read more »

Where Did All The Jobs Go? Michael Nutter Took Them!

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Michael Nutter in May 2015, when he was still mayor and didn’t have quite so many jobs. | Photo: Matt Rourke/Associated Press

The official U.S. unemployment rate last month was 4.8 percent. Some say the actual unemployment rate is higher, for various reasons. I have another theory: The unemployment rate is skewed because Michael Nutter is taking all the jobs in America.

Nutter was in a feud with his predecessor as mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, late last year. Nutter sent an email to the Inquirer blasting Street (after Street sent the first email volley). In it, his hilariously long email signature revealed he had no fewer than five jobs:

  • CNN Political Commentator
  • Chair, Airbnb Mayors Advisory Board
  • UChicago Urban Labs Fellow
  • Drexel University Executive Fellow
  • “David N. Dinkins Professor of Practice, School of International Public Affairs Colombia University.”

I assume he’s fixed that typo of Columbia University since then.

Sure, none of these are full-time job, though he does have to write opinion pieces shilling for Airbnb. But Nutter has just kept collecting more! Read more »

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