Man in Eagles Jacket Rescues SEPTA Passenger from El Tracks

A man in an Eagles jacket jumped onto the subway tracks to rescue a man who had fallen on to the Market-Frankford El tracks at 15th Street on Wednesday, according to surveillance video released by SEPTA yesterday. And they say Eagles fans never do anything for the people!

After the man in the Eagles jacket jumped onto the tracks, other passengers then pulled up the passenger and the rescuer. They then attended to the man who was injured falling onto the tracks. (He appeared to be looking at his phone and was walking on the yellow “don’t walk here” platform border.) SEPTA police then arrived; the man who fell onto to the tracks did not suffer life-threatening injuries. All in all, it was an uplifting example of people’s ability to help out in a crisis. Go Philadelphia!

SEPTA, though, would prefer it if passengers didn’t jump onto the tracks to save people. Read more »

Flyers Fire Coach Craig Berube

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After a disappointing season where the team missed the playoffs — and was not that close to making them — the Flyers have fired coach Craig Berube. The team announced the dismissal in a short press release on its website.

Berube was hired three games into the 2013-14 season, when the Flyers fired Peter Laviolette. He had previously spent six years as a Flyers assistant. The Flyers rode a midseason surge under Berube to the playoffs that season, and lost in the first round in seven games to the Rangers. New York eventually won the Eastern Conference.

But this season didn’t go as well. By January, almost every beat writer was speculating Berube might be fired soon. The Flyers were inconsistent. They would play well against good teams and poorly against bad ones. They couldn’t win on the road. They couldn’t score. They couldn’t kill penalties. Really, it was more than inconsistency. Read more »

9 Cool Events to Do at Philly Tech Week

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Philly Tech Week is upon us! It certainly has come a long way in five years. Just look how dated this website from the first one looks! It would still be functional now, but it’s nowhere near as nice as the fancy, sponsored-by-Comcast look of this year. Plus, Christopher Wink and Brian James Kirk got their own profile here in Philadelphia magazine this year.

Right: Philly Tech Week is bigger than ever. That means there are even more cool events to go to this year than in previous years. Here are nine event picks for Philly Tech Week, one for each day. Read more »

In Pa., Immunization Not “Noncontroversial”

Last week, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Schlossberg introduced HR 229, a resolution that would recognize April 24th to 30th as World Immunization Week in the state. (See the resolution below.)

Resolutions of this type generally sail through the legislature. Earlier this year, there was a resolution essentially honoring God. As long as no lawmaker objects to these “noncontroversial resolutions,” they pass. They can even contradict each other. The same day Schlossberg’s resolution was introduced, two noncontroversial resolutions preceded it: HR 225 (Forest and Paper Products Day) and HR 226 (Arbor Day).

Last year, the World Immunization Week Bill was introduced as a noncontroversial resolution and passed. But this year, House leadership referred Schlossberg’s bill to the Health Committee. Read more »

Here’s What Went Down at Wawa’s Madhouse Birthday Party

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Mayor Michael Nutter and Wawa President/CEO Chris Gheysens pour the “first cup” of free coffee for Wawa Day. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Wawa at 17th and Arch often pulsates with activity. It’s the closest Wawa to many Philadelphia office buildings, including the Comcast Center across the street. But, on Thursday morning, this Wawa was even more mobbed than usual. Not only was Wawa offering free coffee — the chain’s first location opened on April 16th, 1964 — but Mayor Michael Nutter was making an appearance to officially declare today Wawa Day.

Wawa store No. 86 is the closest Wawa to the Philadelphia magazine offices, as well, so I stopped by to check out the dog-and-pony show. Read more »

The Sixers Did Their Part and Lost Last Night. It Didn’t Matter.

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Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).

The Philadelphia 76ers will likely have just one first-round draft pick this year.

That wouldn’t be an issue for many teams — after all, you originally just have one — but the Sixers were in line to have as many as four. And now they’ll probably have just their own pick, currently slotted as the No. 3 selection going into the draft lottery.  Read more »

First Look at Renderings of New Flagship Center City Wawa

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A rendering of the new Wawa and Broad and Walnut.

Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled the first renderings of the new Wawa location at Broad and Walnut today. The new location, according to Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens, will have “a look that is unlike any store that we have.” The spot will have indoor seating, unique among Wawa locations currently. Read more »

The Sixers Absolutely Need to Lose Tonight. The Problem? So Do Their Opponents.

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Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits, from left: Nerlens Noel (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports), Franklin (David Dow, NBA Photos ), Brett Brown (Jason Getz, USA Today Sports) and Joel Embiid (Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports).

 

Last month, we told you how to root for the tanking Sixers the rest of the season. It wasn’t just about watching the team develop, but rooting for certain other teams so that protected draft picks would convey to the Sixers.

Well, you didn’t root hard enough. It’s the last day of the NBA regular season, and there is a good chance the Sixers will not get any of the three first-round draft picks they acquired in trades.

It’s quite complicated, but Derek Bodner has continued to update his NBA draft pick tracker to simplify things for fans. Here’s a summary of what’s going on with the four picks the Sixers could have received this year. Read more »

I Went to the Mets Opener in Phillies Gear — and I Wasn’t Even Heckled

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Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang attempts a sacrifice bunt in the third inning of Monday’s Phillies-Mets game. It was successful! (Photo: Dan McQuade)

I last attended a Mets game in New York in 2006. It was an 88-degree Saturday in August. A Jon Lieber error led to three Mets runs in the sixth, giving New York a 4-3 win. Tom Glavine got the win. Billy Wagner got the save. The Phillies scored all their runs in the first-inning on a three-run Ryan Howard homer.

I wore my Phillies Randy Wolf jersey and was taunted by fans throughout the game. Quite a few fans of the Mets — who were, at the time, a dozen games up in the NL East — were heavily invested in making sure I knew they didn’t like the Phillies. I was shouted at. I learned I sucked. I was called an asshole. It was nothing major. Much of it was good-natured. But it was there.

On Monday, I went to the Mets home opener at shiny new Citi Field wearing a bright red Phillies vest and red pinstripe Philadelphia sneakers. It was a record crowd for a Mets game: 43,947. And yet I heard nary a peep. The Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. The Phillies haven’t been to the postseason since 2011 — and they aren’t getting back there anytime soon, either. Phillies fans have realized this. Mets fans have some hope for this year — Monday was a huge crowd, and the game last night drew a huge TV audience — but they’re certainly not worried about the Phillies. Read more »

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