The Sixers Are Mad That the NBA Wants Them to Stop Losing So Damned Much

Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams

You know what was fun about this most recent Sixers season?

Not a damn thing. The team was built to lose, accomplished its mission, and ended up with the third pick in the draft. As a reward for fans, the Sixers now appear constructed to … lose a lot more in 2014-15, in hopes of securing just one more high draft pick.

The NBA has had enough. The league is pushing a new draft system that would give aggressively crappy teams like the Sixers a reduced chance of being rewarded with a high pick. Basically, every team that misses the playoffs would have the same chance, in the lottery, of getting the No. 1 pick.

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Ironworkers Union Members Face New Charges

The water is getting hotter for members of Ironworkers Local Union 401.

Ten union members were charged back in February with “criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to persuade property owners and construction managers to use union labor on their projects. Now there are additional charges.

The U.S. Attorney on Wednesday said it was adding to the original charges, announcing it had evidence of 14 new acts of extortion to force construction sites to turn to unions.

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UPDATE: Philly Cops Charged With Robbing, Extorting Drug Dealers

[Update 1:14 p.m.] Philly Police have released an official announcement, along with photos of each officer:

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The press release:

Today July 30, 2014, the United States Attorney’s Office unsealed an indictment charging six members of The Philadelphia Police Department with RICO conspiracy, robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing. United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced the charges against the six police officers this morning after their arrest. 

The case was investigated by a joint task force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.  The names of those arrested and charged are:

Thomas Liciardello – 38yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 06-26-95 – 12yrs in Narcotics
Perry Betts – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 01-02-95 – 13yrs in Narcotics
Linwood Norman – 46 yrs old, 24 year veteran of the force, appointed 09-11-89 — 16yrs in Narcotics
Brian Reynolds – 43yrs old, 20 year veteran of the force, appointed 08-13-93 — 13yrs in Narcotics
John Speiser – 42yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 10-17-94 — 5yrs in Narcotics
Michael Spicer – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 05-22-95 — 12yrs in Narcotics

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey is suspending these individuals for thirty days with the intent to dismiss.

“It’s never a good feeling when you have to deliver this type of news about members of your department; however, it shows the ongoing efforts of our FBI/Internal Affairs Task Force to rid the department of individuals who don’t belong in our ranks. We don’t tolerate this type of disgraceful behavior, and these officers don’t represent the majority of this department. The majority of our department is represented in the dedicated police work displayed daily by working endlessly with the community and getting wanted criminals off the street. We will continue to be transparent; we will continue to pursue those involved in corruption, and remove those who don’t belong in this department. We will continue to make strong efforts in developing a trusting relationship with every community as we build a safer Philadelphia for our citizens.” …… Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey

The office of District Attorney Seth Williams also sent out a press release: More coverage and full indictment after the jump »

Former Teacher Can’t Sue for Nasty Blog Posts

Remember Natalie Munroe,the Bucks County teacher caught back in 2011 writing an anonymous blog where she disparaged students? She got fired, then sued the school district for wrongful termination, claiming her First Amendment rights were violated.

A court disagrees. U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe rejected Munroe’s suit Friday, saying it failed a legal test that determines if a teacher’s speech is worth the disruption it can cause in school.

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Pa. Republicans Now Afraid Immigrant Kids Are Gang Members

Remember when Gov. Tom Corbett worried that immigrant kids coming north from drug-war-torn countries south of the border might bring diseases with them? Remember how he was really silly to think so?

Well that kind of “let’s needlessly panic the masses about immigrants” leadership just may end up looking like the good old days. Soon.

The Patriot-News reports that Pennsylvania Republicans are now expressing concern that these young immigrants are actually … gang members.

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